Honoring Marsha Botzer

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Personal Photo_webMarsha Botzer has served the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and progressive communities in various roles for over 35 years. OUT for Sustainability is inspired by her work as a social sustainability advocate, championing a broader sense of LGBTQ rights, identity, and community.

In her home state she was an early member of Hands Off Washington, a founding board member of Equal Rights Washington and the Seattle LGBT Community Center, and has served as a board member for Pride Foundation, Safe Schools Coalition, Lambert House, and Seattle Counseling Service. Marsha was a founding member and secretary of Equality Washington, a co-chair the Seattle City LBGT Commission, and served as chair of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services LGBT Advisory Committee.

Nationally and internationally, Marsha served as co-chair of The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 2009-10, a position that she also held in 2005-6. She is a founding member of the Out In Front Leadership Project, creating a Leadership Training Program for the LGBTIQA Community, and currently serves on the World Professional Association for Transgender Health board of directors. Since 2011 she has been a Faculty member of the Los Angeles LGBTQ Community Center’s Emerging Leader’s Project, focusing on work with China. Marsha founded Seattle’s internationally known Ingersoll Gender Center, and continues to serve the organization.

In 2008 Marsha served as a national co-chair of the Obama Pride Campaign. In 2009 she served on the Leadership Committee for the Equality Across America March in Washington DC, speaking at the Capitol Rally.

In 2002 Marsha received the Greater Seattle Business Association Community Leader Award. In 2004 she received the Horace Mann “Victories for Humanity” Award from Antioch University and the Virginia Prince Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Federation for Gender Education. In 2006 Lambda Legal selected Marsha to receive its Civil Rights Hero Award, and in 2007 she was given The Task Force Leadership Award. In 2009 Marsha received the Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award. In 2011 Marsha received the Washington State GLBT Bar Association Award for Community Service, and in 2013 the Inaugural U.S. Edition Trans 100 List selected Marsha for membership.

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Please join us on October 13th as OUT for Sustainability celebrates Marsha at our Five Year Anniversary celebration. Get your tickets today at out4s.org/five-years.

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