Ed Murray, Mayor
SUBJECT: Seattle LGBT Commission Launches Needs Assessment Survey for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community
6/28/2010 9:32:00 AM
Christopher Perguero (206) 349-1273
Lillie Cridland (206) 854-7911
Elliott Bronstein (206) 684-4507
Seattle LGBT Commission Launches Needs Assessment Survey for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community
The Seattle LGBT Commission has launched a new website and online survey at www.snapshotseattle.com to assess the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Seattle on issues including housing, education, health, public safety and community involvement. Results will be used by the Commission, City departments, nonprofit organizations, businesses and associations to address the issues raised in the survey.
During the 10-minute survey, participants are asked a series of questions evaluating their experiences and opinions about living, working and playing in Seattle. The data collected in the survey is completely anonymous. All results will be shared with the public and partner organizations so that everyone can benefit from the data collected and to encourage collaboration on addressing the issues raised. The survey was developed in collaboration with community organizations and is being promoted widely by the Commission, City officials, and nonprofit organizations.
“We see this survey as an important first step in addressing the needs of the LGBTQ community in Seattle. The goal of the Seattle Snapshot is to get an accurate picture of how people are doing right now. With the feedback and data from the survey, we can figure out what’s going on in the community and where we can partner with the City and other organizations to make improvements,” said Lillie Cridland, Co-Chair of the Commission.
Seattle has the third largest percentage of gay, lesbian or bisexual residents among large cities in the United States and has a strong history of supporting LGBT rights. On June 21, 2010 the Seattle City Council passed a resolution reaffirming the City’s commitment to full equal rights for all residents and employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The resolution also supports the work of the needs assessment and requests that the Commission return to City Council next year with the results of the assessment and proposed strategies to address the needs identified.
“Seattle has always been on the forefront for promoting LGBT rights and we are really pleased to have the support of City Council in continuing to push this city forward. The needs assessment will be a great tool for figuring out where there is still more work to be done and how we can work together to implement solutions,” added Christopher Peguero, Co-Chair of the Seattle LGBT Commission.
The Seattle Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Commission advises the Mayor, Council and departments about sexual minority issues, recommend policies and legislation, bring the LGBT communities and the larger Seattle community together through long-ranged projects, and ensure that City departments fairly and equitably address LGBT concerns as individuals and as a protected class.