LGBTQ Resources

Promoting a safe and inclusive learning environment for LGBTQ students

We are committed to promoting a safe and inclusive learning environment for LGBTQ students at Renton Technical College. There are a number of resources and programs on campus specifically supporting LGBTQ students, staff and faculty and their allies:

  • LGBTQ Terminology and FAQs: This document serves as a guide for RTC staff, faculty and students to commonly-asked questions and terminology related to the LGBTQ community. Use this guide to help inform conversations focused on LGBTQ issues.
  • Technical Orientation Club
    To join this club, visit the Student Leadership Office in J216.
  • Are there all-gender bathrooms on campus?
    RTC transgender students, faculty, and staff have the right to use bathrooms that best match their gender identity. In an effort to make our campus safer for transgender people, RTC has clearly designated single-stall, lockable all-gender bathrooms across campus:
    • K Building - (2) inside the Automotive Lab.
    • I Building – (1) between the RTC Bookstore and the Financial Aid Office.​
    • A Building – (1) near classroom A23

The RTC Technical Orientation Club identified additional bathroom facilities across campus that offer more privacy. Come to the Student Leadership Office (J216) to learn more.


Local (King County):

Ingersoll Gender Center: Ingersoll is a peer-run support and education organization for transgender, trans*, gender variant and genderqueer people, and the people who support them.

Website: http://ingersollcenter.org/

Gay City: Gay City is Seattle’s LGBTQ center. It promotes wellness in LGBTQ communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts, and building community. Gay City is the leading provider of HIV and STI testing in King County.

Website: https://www.gaycity.org/

Emerald City Metropolitan Community Church: A spiritual community for and by LGBTQ+ people in the Seattle area and beyond.

Website: http://www.mccseattle.org/

The Northwest Network: An LGBTQ organization that works to end violence and abuse in LGBTQ communities. The Northwest Network provides support for LGBTQ survivors of abuse and violence, education around building loving relationships, and trainings for service providers.

Website: http://www.nwnetwork.org/

Seattle Counseling Service: A community based organization that provides mental health counseling services to LGBTQ communities.

Website: http://www.seattlecounseling.org/

Lambert House: A center for LGBTQ youth that empowers youth through the development of leadership, social and life skills.

Website: http://www.lamberthouse.org/

Gender Justice League: An organization which empowers transgender activists and allies to fight oppression based on gender and sexuality in Washington State and which creates a community where trans people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination.

Website: http://www.genderjusticeleague.org/

National:

Trevor Project: An LGBTQ youth suicide prevention organization. The Trevor Project offers a Lifeline that is a 24/7 crisis hotline with trained counselors.

Website: www.thetrevorproject.org

Phone: (866) 488-7386

Trans Lifeline: A nonprofit organization dedicated to the wellbeing of transgender people. Trans Lifeline runs a transgender crisis hotline staffed by transgender people.

Website: www.translifeline.org  

Phone: (877) 565-8860

GLAAD: An LGBTQ media organization that uses media to promote LGBTQ acceptance, shape the narrative, and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. They offer a resource list of other national LGBTQ organizations.

Website: www.glaad.org/resourcelist