GJL was started by a group of long time Trans*, Queer, and allied activists who were looking to increase the community’s capacity to address cissexism, transphobia, transmisogyny and homo, bi, and queer phobias that Trans*, gender queer, and gender non-conforming people face.
Gender Justice League is focused on creating community through advocacy efforts and shared leadership development. Recognizing that only 4% of employees in the major LGBT organizations are Trans* identified and that Trans* people face nearly double the unemployment rate of cis people in this country — GJL is situated in a Gender Justice model that seeks to empower Trans* people to combat the systemic oppression, discrimination, and violence that we face in our daily lives.
Gender Justice League is focused on social, economic, and racial justice at the core of our work. Our analysis of Gender Justice focuses on issues that are often left on the sidelines of traditional LGBTQ activism like looking at issues of incarceration and the prison industrial complex, resisting gentrification and issues of homelessness and housing accessibility, and innovative strategies and programs to address unemployment. We believe to tackle these problems we must build our power through organizing and leadership development. As a collective – we are comprised of many individual activists (both old and new to activism) who have come together to work collectively to build our communities power, resilience, and autonomy.