VOLUNTEERING FOR TRANS PRIDE SEATTLE+ IS NOW CLOSED. SEE YOU ON FRIDAY, JUNE 26TH!
Please note that for the 2020 event, pre-registration is REQUIRED for all volunteer roles. Think of it as a convention; you must sign in to volunteer and have registered before the event. Otherwise, you are welcome to attend Trans Pride Seattle+, but we may not have room to accommodate more volunteers.
Please direct all volunteering questions to: [email protected]
Date: Friday June 26th, 2020 - Sunday June 28, 2020
Volunteer Arrival Time: Varies by department
Location: Online! (We may organize an additional in-person event in the fall, depending on guidance from King County Board of Health and the City of Seattle. Information will be posted about that as we receive it. Currently, our only options for Trans Pride volunteering are for the Online Pride experience.)
Trans Pride Seattle values the diversity of our communities, and we are intentional about the accessibility of the event. During this unprecedented health crisis, we are reliant on our volunteers even more as we shift to an online Trans Pride. Even though Pride looks different than in years past, we are still committed to our core beliefs: Trans Pride needs to remain accessible, diverse, volunteer-driven, and grassroots-based. As the third largest Trans Pride in the nation (according to 2019 attendance records), mobilizing such a giant volunteer base remains at the heart of what we do to celebrate our community.
Trans Pride Specific Volunteer Perks
In addition to volunteering with GJL year-round and having the chance to meet other community-minded individuals, volunteers for Trans Pride get extra perks, which include:
- An invitation to the Volunteer Zoom Party, July 23 (in-person party TBD)!
- Custom 2020 Trans Pride Name Badge!
Wondering how you can help in 2020?
Here's that could look like...
Please note that our volunteer opportunities are different this year because it is on-line.
The Operations Team helps us with operations on the day of the event. This can include helping the event management staff, ensuring that vendors are able to set up, and to ensure a smooth flow of our event.
- Folks on the Operations Team are often required to do many tasks, often simultaneously.
- You will work directly with our Operations Co-Team Leads, Heather Pancratz, our awesome intern, and Noel Rivard, who helped in Ops last year.
Tabling Team is responsible for ensuring that all of our Sponsors and Tabling organizations are set up and prepared by the beginning of the event on the 26th.
- Tabling Team then troubleshoots and assists those sponsors and organizations with any problems they incur during the Resource Fair in our virtual Exhibit Hall.
- Tabling Team will be lead again by the unflappable Chip Phillips.
Our community Moderator Team is vital to ensure that all participants at Trans Pride Seattle can experience a safe and joyous Trans Pride. Think of our Moderators as our Online Safety Team. Safety + Tech! Our Moderator Team will be lead this year by long time volunteer, donor, and GJL supporter Kym Hines.
- Moderators are responsible for moderating chat, behavior, content, and attendees in all workshops, Spoons areas, Q&As, etc.
- Moderators will be responsible for removing folks who violate our safety and attendance policies for workshops, chat areas, and performances.
- Moderators will work closely with Accessibility, Youth, Tech, and Workshop Support Teams.
- Moderators will be carefully chosen, so if you apply to be a Moderator, please be aware that you may be placed on another team, but still be moderating content if you have a special qualifications or circumstances.
- We are actively seeking Moderators that have experience working with folks with disabilities, mental health issues, youth, and the elderly. Please email [email protected] directly if you have some of these special qualifications.
Our Tech/Troubleshooting Team is going to be vital this year. This team will be responsible for helping our hired tech partners troubleshoot everything from performances to workshops to Q&A sessions to the Resource Fair/Exhibit Hall. These folks will need to be highly skilled in troubleshooting under pressure, handling the possibility of lots of down time effectively, and need to have a specialized tech background. To be considered for the Tech/Troubleshooting Team, please email your qualifications to [email protected] in addition to filling out the form below. To be clear, you do not have to necessarily work in the tech industry to meet the above qualifications. These volunteers work with our Tech/Troubleshooting Team Lead, our wonderful Board Vice-Chair, Alexis Green, who has 23 years in the tech industry.
The Hospitality Team ensures our VIP Guests and Entertainers are well taken care of and that the green room remains a pleasant and welcoming place to gather before and during performances. The Hospitality Team with work seamlessly with our Hospitality and Tech Liaison, Scarlett, from the Black Trans Task Force.
Our Accessibility Team helps ensure that all aspects of Trans Pride are accessible to all.
- This includes helping in the community action, prioritizing access to performances and events, maintaining our online version of our Spoons Tent area(s), and ensuring coverage of our interpreters.
- This team also acts as a liaison between Accessibility and the Moderator Team as needed.
- The Accessibility Team reports to the Accessibility Team Lead, the fantastically steady and dependable Bobbi Garcia.
The Community Action Team helps us to coordinate, assemble, and lead a community action demonstration on the day of Trans Pride Seattle (+). This community action piece takes the place of our yearly march across Capitol Hill.
- Folks on the Community Action Team are often required to do many tasks, often simultaneously.
- You will work directly with our Community Action Team Leader, .
Our Workshop Support Team will be responsible for helping workshop instructors and attendees have a positive workshop experience. These folks will be working directly with our Moderator Team and Tech Team to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible!
- The Workshop Support Team will not be responsible for moderating the chat/video content of the workshop, although they can assist the moderator of a workshop if needed.
- Folks on the Workshop Support Team are often required to do many tasks, often simultaneously.
- Folks on the Workshop Support Team are often required to coordinate with many other teams quickly and effectively.
Youth Trans Pride New this year!
Finally, after eight years of planning and waiting, we are adding a youth area to Trans Pride Seattle this year! The youth area will have some separate programming, games, and youth-focused organizations tabling in the Exhibit Hall.
- The Youth Team keeps track of (and plays games with) attendees, maintains the Youth Spoons area, leads mini-workshops and art installments, makes sure youth-focused organizations tabling have everything they need, and other Trans Pride related activities!
- Previous experience working with LGBTQIA Youth (especially Trans and gender nonconforming youth) is a definite plus!
- The Youth Team will report to the Youth Team Lead, the very enthusiastic Keri Kellerman.