OLYMPIA – The Washington State Senate today took a significant step to protect LGBTQ youth by passing legislation to ban so-called “conversion therapy” and require school districts to adopt or amend anti-harassment policies to include transgender students.
“It is long past time for Washington to make it clear to our LGBTQ youth that we value their safety and affirm that they too deserve protection as they navigate their young lives,” said Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, sponsor of Senate 5766 and Senate Bill 5722. “I am thankful to my colleagues in the Senate for taking this stand today to put people first […]
The members of the Washington State Legislature’s LGBTQ caucus jointly released the following statement on Washington’s commitment to ensuring all students have the right to a discrimination-free environment:
“Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal, was both clear and firm in his statement this morning about the protections transgender students have under state law. In light of yesterday’s action by the Trump Administration, it is reassuring to know our state not only has strong anti-discrimination laws on the books, but that our state’s chief school administrator is firmly committed to upholding those laws and ensuring every student feels safe and welcome […]
Roster of Members
22nd District – Olympia
As a progressive, community organizer and a mother of two, Beth has spent the last thirty years in training to take on the trust and aspirations of her community, to secure a thriving, sustainable, just and compassionate future for us all. She is currently serving her first term as a state representative from the 22nd legislative district.
27th District – Tacoma
Laurie Jinkins represents the 27th Legislative District in Pierce County, which includes East, Downtown, Hilltop, North, Northeast, West, and part of South Tacoma as well as Ruston and Fife Heights. Her legislative priorities include improving our schools and health care, helping working families and transforming Washington’s revenue structure.
28th District – University Place
Christine is the granddaughter of Irish immigrants who arrived in the United States with little education or savings. Her upbringing made her a strong believer in the power of education to give people a shot at the American Dream. Christine has lived in University Place for the last 17 years. Christine and her spouse and partner of 25 years, Colleen, have two daughters who attend the University Place schools.
21st District – Lynnwood
Sen. Liias is serving his first term in Senate and his seventh session with the Legislature. Throughout his service, Marko has focused on policies to advance the economy based on good-paying jobs, a safe and quality education system, and a balanced transportation system.
43rd District – Seattle
Nicole Macri is a longtime resident of Capitol Hill with more than 20 years of experience championing progressive causes on issues around affordable housing, homelessness, human services, and mental health. Nicole attended Rutgers University, where she met her partner Deb Cayz, and was the first woman in her family to graduate from college.
48th District – Kirkland
Joan represents the 48th Legislative District, which includes Kirkland, Redmond, Bellevue and the point cities. She formerly served as the Kirkland Mayor and on the City Council. Prior to her service to the City of Kirkland, Joan worked in non-profit development and community relations. Joan recently married her partner of 14 years; together they enjoy a large extended family including their first grandchild.
43rd District – Seattle
Jamie Pedersen grew up in Puyallup, graduated from Puyallup High School and worked at McDonald’s to help put himself through Yale College, where he studied Russian and history, and graduated summa cum laude. Jamie was elected to the House of Representatives in 2006 and was appointed to the Senate in December 2013 and elected in 2014. He lives on Capitol Hill with his husband, Eric Pedersen, and their sons Trygve, Leif, Erik and Anders.