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In 2019, King county Executive Dow Constantine convened the Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Inclusion Task Force. This diverse group of community partners will work over the next year to develop a recommended countywide county-wide gender identity and sexual orientation inclusion strategy and accompanying report with recommendations to implement the use of an additional gender designation or designations in all appropriate administrative processes in use by county departments. The Task Force will engage county staff, community leaders, and members of the public as it develops recommendations on how King County government can be more accessible and inclusive of all genders and sexual orientations.

The 21-member Task Force is made up of advocates, experts, and community leaders who are deeply engaged in the work of serving the LGBTQ+ communities of King County, as well as members from King County government. Membership includes representatives from:

  • King County Council
  • King County Executive's office
  • King County Department of Human Resources
  • Ingersoll Gender Center
  • Gender Justice League
  • People of Color Against AIDS Network
  • Entre Hermanos
  • U.T.O.P.I.A.
  • Seattle Counseling Service
  • Gay City
  • Greater Seattle Business Association
  • SURGE Reproductive Justice
  • ACLU
  • Generations Aging with Pride
  • Seattle Indian Health Board
  • Na'ah Illahee Fund
  • Legal Voice
  • Pride Foundation

Access meeting agendas

Download the full July 19, 2022 agenda in PDF format


Welcome and Announcements

Meeting Purpose and Intended Outcomes

  • Review Task Force draft recommendations
  • Prioritize recommendations for ongoing refinement
  • Reflect on process and limitations

Draft Recommendations and Report Overview

  • Report structure
  • Draft recommendations

Task Force Discussion

  • Agreement on: recommendations and final development

Next Steps

  • Next Task Force Meeting: August 16, 2022
    • Review Final Recommendations

Adjourn

Download the full May 17, 2022 agenda in PDF format


Welcome and announcements

Sub Committee Share Out and Process Updates

  • Internal Culture
  • Service Delivery
  • Legislation and Policy
    • All: Update on Initial Recommendations; Community Engagement

OESJ Presentation

  • Overview of the office and GISOI efforts
  • Q&A

Sub Committee Work Session – Breakout Groups

  • Exercise to develop initial recommendations list

Next Steps

  • Next Task Force Meeting; July
  • Task Force Expectations
  • KC/Consultant Team Expectations

Adjourn

Download the full April 19, 2022 agenda in PDF format


Welcome and Announcements

Sub Committee Share Out

  • Internal Culture: Training Recommendations and GISOI Strategy Implementation
  • Service Delivery: External/Community Engagement
  • Legislation and Policy: WA Board of Health Ruling

GISOI Task Force Progress to Completion

  • Summary of work completed to date
  • Outstanding tasks
  • Extension Outline

Next Steps

  • Complete Community Engagement
  • Task Force prepare initial recommendations

Budget Office Presentation

  • Deputy Budget Director

Adjourn

Download the full March 15, 2022 agenda in PDF format


Welcome and Announcements

  • Extension Update

Sub Committee Share Out

  • Internal Culture: Training Recommendations
  • Service Delivery: External/Community Engagement
  • Legislation and Policy: WA Board of Health Ruling cont … / courts and law enforcement

Task Force Recommendations Review

  • Action: Gather support to pursue development of initial recommendations

GISOI Strategy Implementation

Next Steps

  • Roll out engagement/feedback collection
  • Draft Recommendations

Adjourn

Download the full February 15, 2022 agenda in PDF format


Welcome and Grounding

Announcements

  • Extension Update

Sub Committee Share Out and Discussion

  • Internal Culture: Training Recommendations
  • Service Delivery: Focus Group Identification and Questions
  • Legislation and Policy: WA Board of Health Ruling

Break

King County Staff Liaison Feedback

Summary and Next Steps

Adjourn

Download the full January 25, 2022 agenda in PDF format


Welcome and Announcements

  • Agenda
  • Overview

Grounding Exercise

  • Connection and relationship building

Expectations Follow-up

  • King County/ Consultant Task Force commitments
  • Revisit Task Force Extension/timeline

Break

Process Next Steps

  • 2022 Meetings outline
  • Review County Department assessment questions
  • Community Assessment Feedback

Adjourn

Download the full December 15, 2021 agenda in PDF format


Welcome and Announcements

2022 Process Proposal

  • Project Overview
  • 2022 Workplan and Timeline

Mid-Project Task Force Check-in

  • Revisit Expectations
  • Aspirations for 2022
  • Task Force commitments

Summary and Next Steps

  • January meeting logistics

Adjourn

Download the full November 16, 2021 agenda in PDF format


Welcome and Announcements

  • Member MOU and Invoices
  • LGBTQ Sports sign-on letter

Subcommittee Meeting Time

  • This is an opportunity for subcommittees to discuss their existing action items and to prepare for group share out in this meeting

Subcommittee Share Out

Mid-project check-in

Summary and Next Steps

  • December meeting logistics
  • Task Force commitments

Adjourn

Download the full October 19, 2021 agenda in PDF format


Welcome and Announcements

  • Member MOU and Invoices
  • LGBTQ Sports sign-on letter

Gender Task Force Priority Areas (group discussion and decision)

  • Recap last meeting and 1:1 calls
  • Confirm priority areas
  • Subcommittee selections

Small Group Discussion – Key Questions (breakout groups)

  • Subcommittee roles (chair/coordinator)
  • What questions or information is needed to better position you to generate recommendations?

Roundtable Discussion (share out)

  • Identify sources of information

Subcommittee Assignments and Next Steps

  • Action items

Adjourn

Download the full September 21, 2021 agenda in PDF format


Welcome and Announcements

  • Task Force emails
  • MOU and compensation
  • Task Force chairs

Introductions and Grounding Activity

Project Overview, History, and Process

  • Group charge
  • Process outline
  • August meeting recap

King County Department Education

  • County share out
  • Check-in conversation

Small Group Discussions (breakout groups)

  • Issue identification

Roundtable Discussion

  • Issue prioritization
  • Gaps and needs

Follow-up Items / Next Steps

  • Subcommittee coordination
  • County departments education

Adjourn

Download the full August 17, 2021 agenda in PDF format


Welcome and Announcements

Project Overview

  • Group Charge and Intended Outcomes
  • Guiding Principles and Expectations

Task Force History Overview

  • How the Task Force got here
  • Summary of past meetings and conversations

Draft Work Planning

  • What we need to accomplish
  • How we will implement work (e.g. subcommittees)

Follow-up Items/ Next Steps

* Actual end time of agenda will be flexible

Download the full July 20, 2021 agenda in PDF format


Introduction and Announcements

Project Overview

  • Group Charge
  • Intended Outcomes
  • Proposed Process Outline

Task Force History

  • Initial Framework
  • Group Storytelling
  • Q&A

Group Discussion

  • Group measures for success

Follow-up Items / Next Steps

  • Confirm schedule
  • One-on-one conversations

Adjourn

Download the full June 22, 2021 agenda in PDF format


Welcome and Introductions

Project Overview

  • Group Charge
  • Intended Outcomes
  • Proposed Process Outline

Task Force History

  • Initial Framework
  • Group Storytelling
  • Q&A

Group Discussion

  • Group measures for success

Follow-up Items / Next Steps

  • Confirm schedule
  • One-on-one conversations

Adjourn

Download the full May 12, 2021 agenda in PDF format


Welcome and Introductions

County/COVID Updates

Project Process Update

  • History
  • Initial Framework Timeline
  • Procurement

Project Overview and Purpose

  • Group Charge
  • Intended Outcomes
  • Proposed Process Outline

Roles, Expectations, Guiding Principles

  • Task Force, Facilitators, County

Honorarium / Compensation Update

Follow-up Items / Next Steps

  • Complete Task Force Membership
  • One-on-one conversations

Adjourn

Please use the following email address to provide feedback, comments or submit any questions you may have for the Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation and Inclusion Task Force: GISOI@kingcounty.gov

Background

Read Motion 15162 (PDF), which created the Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Inclusion Task Force.

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