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Ingersoll moving to new location
Ingersoll moving to new location
by Barbara Sehr - SGN Contributing Writer

"The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind."
- Maya Angelou

It was a December to remember for an organization that typically meets change head-on. In a time of transition for Ingersoll Gender Center and Seattle's LGBT Community Center, the signs of life for Ingersoll were everywhere. From Ingersoll's traditional Snowball holiday celebration to a presentation by Dr. Marcie Bowers at year's end, the community of Trans folks were served in the tradition of Ingersoll - a surgical strike against the forces of denial.

In the early hours of New Year's Day, just hours after the last pyrotechnic display at the Space Needle, a team of Ingersoll leaders were getting ready for yet another required change - this time a mere change of address. Beginning on the second day of the New Year, Ingersoll would temporarily move its weekly groups to its roots at Seattle Counseling Service. The move came in response to a transition of a different sort. Ingersoll is a program of the LGBT Community Center, which has been moved out of its five-year residence on Pike Street by the forces of Capitol Hill gentrification. During this time of transition, the Center has not yet announced a new permanent facility.

Still, Ingersoll, an experienced master at transitions, quickly found a New Year's resolution at its roots. Seattle Counseling Service, where Ingersoll began in 1977, has provided meeting space for Seattle's Transgender community at its 1216 Pine St., Ste. 300 facility, until a permanent home is found.

Still, the move required major coordination of clients and community to make sure that an often abused community suffers no interruption in service, resources or celebrations. Only five days separated the final Ingersoll LGBT Center event and the first meeting at SCS. In between, files and furniture had to be checked out, chairs and tchotchkes evaluated and preparations put in order. Just for this time, there was a suspension of the Marsha Botzer principle of transition, "Rush Slowly."

By Wednesday evening, the meeting room was in place at SCS. Familiar faces at the Wednesday night group included Botzer, the organization's founder, and Ingrid Swenson, who runs transgender programs at SCS. A trickle of Wednesday night regulars including Elayne, the evening's facilitator, made folks comfortable on this first "evening after" the change of address. One by one, clients arrived, eventually filling up nearly 25 chairs in the temporary meeting room. This would be a special Wednesday night. This would be a special year. Tonight there would not only be the normal check-in, but celebration, cake, and even raffle tickets.

The raffle tickets were acquired without the typical exchange of cash. There were promises of weekly prizes and an un-described grand prize to distribute at Ingersoll's last group meeting in January. Raffle tickets were presented to all attendees who will be coming to group each week leading up to the grand prize meeting. As the opening night attendance grew larger, it was clear that this transition would be far less painful than other modifications that had been experienced in this assembly.

Sometimes, change can be a many-splendored thing.

Barbara Sehr is a Transgender activist, active in the Ingersoll Gender Center, a stand-up comedienne, and co-chair of SEAMEC. She also has a background in journalism.

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