Equality Southwest Washington 

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Who we are

Equality Southwest Washington is comprised of a volunteer board and activists from Clark County / Southwest Washington, working to engage the Southwest Washington community toward dignity and equality for all LGBT Washingtonians.  Equality Southwest Washington advocates for the protection of the LGBT community while working toward marriage equality in the Evergreen State!   

What we do

Equality Southwest Washington works to organize the movement for equality, educate our communities, and influence policy makers by mobilizing constituents who support equality, to have their voices heard.   As an organization, Equality Southwest Washington holds the beliefs that government should empower people, not discriminate against them.  All humans are created equally and should be treated as such.  

How we started

Passion & activism is the foundation of this group.  A group of dedicated volunteers came together in 2009 to organize Clark County in support of Referendum 71, the expansion of Domestic Partnerships rights, also known as "Everything but marriage".

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Drew Griffin ~ Chair, Board of Directors

For nearly 20 years, Drew has been a self described gay rights activist and political junky. Drew joined ESW in 2011 as a volunteer; he oversees Social Media, became the SW Washington campaign manager for Approve Referendum 74 and was elevated to Chair / Lead organizer.   

Drew has a background in banking / finance, sales, and networking and in addition to advocacy, he was the recipient of a Wells Fargo Diversity Award in 2010.   Drew has made relationship building and community organizing the center piece of his dream; a strong, united, and energized LGBT community where people feel safe, families have the tools for success, business is strong and diverse, & all people are protected equally under the law.  Other personal interests include watching Seahawks football games with his nephew, Washington history, traveling, LGBT studies, family genealogy, and Democratic politics.

Hanna Perez, Volunteer Coordinator / Organizer

Hanna comes to Equality Southwest Washington with a passion for equality and a determination to see that all people are treated fairly under the law.  As a bi-racial female, Hanna understands discrimination and uses her personal experiences as motivation to create a kinder and more accepting community for all people. 

Karen Kulm, Faith Outreach

Karen is a student of the world having lived in Germany, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, & San Francisco.  As an activist and dedicated member of the United Church of Christ, Karen organized the Interfaith Marriage March, uniting faith & equality, on a march from Vancouver, Wa to Olympia, Wa. 

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