What We Do

2017 Work Plan

Mission: To hold a space for community interests to be proposed, debated, evaluated, researched, and advocated for in city government.

Vision: To serve as one of many effective conduits to city governance on behalf of the LGBTQ community.

Objective: To strengthen the internal and external capacity of the Commission to effectively collaborate with the City and our community.


Work Plan Committees & Priority Areas

Homelessness:
Research and make policy recommendations on timely City Initiatives on an as needed basis.

Safe Consumption Sites:  
Research and make policy recommendations on timely City Initiatives on an as needed basis.

HIV & AIDS:
Research and make policy recommendations on timely City Initiatives on an as needed basis.

Community Spaces:
Research and make policy recommendations on need for an LGBTQ center that welcomes all ages and not centered on bar scene.

Recruitment/Appointment:
Collaborate with SOCR staff, councilmembers, Mayoral staff, existing commissioners and community-based partners to recruit, evaluate and appoint new commissioners.

On-boarding Commissioners:
Develop checklists and tools to help on-board commissioners and orient them to commission roles, expectations and opportunities. 

Commissioner Engagement & Retention:
Support all commissioners in being active, engaged and empowered in their roles on the commission.

Logistics/Records/Operations:
Reorganize/streamline electronic file storage and work with SOCR to send important documents to city archives once per year.


Ongoing goals of LGBTQ Commission include:

  • Evaluating, developing, and improving training of Commissioners on race and social justice issues, ethics, legislative advocacy, and other necessary skill areas.
  • Strengthening advising relationships with the Mayor's Office, City Council, and City Departments.
  • Collaborating with the Seattle Office of Civil Rights (SOCR) and the other Commissions under SOCR on projects impacting Seattle LGBTQ communities.
  • Aligning the Commission's goals and work plan with the City's annual budget to ensure meaningful impact on budget issues.
  • Reviewing and tracking legislation affecting LGBTQ communities.
  • Providing support to foster and sustain relationships with local organizations. Promoting education and outreach around intersectional identities.
  • Working with the SOCR to promote continuous inclusion of LGBTQ training as part of the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative.
  • Conducting outreach and educating the public on the mission of the LGBTQ Commission.
  • Supporting LGBTQ community organizations and events.
  • Conducting ongoing review of commission bylaws, attendance, and budget.
  • Developing, implementing, and improving a recruitment and orientation plan for new commissioners.