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October 31, 2016

Social Justice Monday

12:00 p.m.  -  1:00 p.m.
Location: SLLH C5

Seattle University OUTLaws and leaders in the transgender community will explore legal, social, and organizing efforts to include and protect a vulnerable community whose rights and interests have made headlines in the national fury over bathroom access. Our distinguished panelists will examine polices and legislation that misrepresent the transgender community and threaten to roll back their civil rights—including Initiative 1515, regarding bathroom choice, which failed to qualify for the Washington ballot this year. Panelists will also discuss counter-efforts to protect the rights of transgender individuals. Greater understanding of the threats the transgender community faces to its civil liberties in this charged political climate will help everyone in the Law School community create a more welcoming space for transgender individuals and provide more effective, compassionate legal services to the transgender community.    


Our panelists include: 

Leo Segovia is a graduate of the LGBTQ leadership development program, Out In Front. With a commitment to social justice, Leo serves the transgender community in many ways such as working with the City of Seattle developing Trans* competency curriculum for their front line staff. Leo also helped produce an LGBTQ visibility campaign for Seattle Office for Civil Rights. Through extensive travels, Leo witnessed social movements of displaced populations across countries and economic systems. The physical displacement of communities from their land and culture resonated with the displacement he felt in his physical body and as a first generation "American." Inspired by the healing and unity sought out by these movements, Leo came out as transgender in 2014. Through community outreach and education, his work focuses on the relationship between race and gender; a complex intersection that many trans* folks are forced to navigate within our greater society. 

Kiyomi Fujikawa is a queer, mixed-race, trans-feminine and gender-fabulous, anti-violence organizer. She has been based in Seattle since 2005 and has been involved with the Social Justice Fund NW’s Gender Justice Giving Project and many other projects. She formerly worked with the Queer Network Program at API Chaya where she engaged Queer and Trans* communities of color around responses to intimate partner violence and helped build agency. Kiyomi has also been a key contributor to the King County Trans Resource Guide and numerous arts and entertainment programs focused at QTPOC community in Seattle. She has been involved with movements to end sexual assault and domestic/dating violence since 2001, and in 2013, she participated in the Trans* Justice Funding Project, which distributed over $50,000 to organizations working for liberation for Trans* people and our communities.

Ryannah Quigley is the Director of Diversity at the Gender Justice League. She is a proud Trans* woman of color who strives to create visibility to out communities of color and highlight the importance of intersections to all identities. She strives for trans* and racial justice in her work, starting her work in 2012 in Portland, Oregon. She believes in ending police profiling, creating safety for everyone and bringing awareness to the pressing issues our QTPOC communities face each day. She also works to bring awareness to the Prison Industrial Complex.

Seattle University OUTlaws was organized to provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender law students and their friends; to present information about legal issues and problems facing individuals; to work with the faculty and the Law School to eradicate barriers to the success of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender law students; and to offer a network for social gatherings among our members and friends.

Social Justice Mondays is an organized, weekly series hosted by the Access to Justice Institute in partnership with students, student organizations, and other departments across the law school. If you are interested in organizing a Social Justice Monday for the 2016-2017 academic year, please contact Suzanne Skinner at