We are UTOPIA Seattle (United Territories Of Pacific Islanders’ Alliance), a non-profit organization of volunteers in the Greater Seattle working to provide sacred spaces to strengthen the minds and bodies of QTPIs – Queer and Trans Pacific Islanders – through community organizing, political engagement, and cultural stewardship.
UTOPIA Seattle was born out of the struggles, challenges, strength and resilience among the Pacific Islander LGBTQI community in Southeast Seattle and South King County. Since 2009, we have strived to create a safe, welcoming, supportive and vibrant space for members of our community to address basic needs, to build pathways toward new expanded career and life opportunities, to foster a sense of common purpose, and to advocate for social justice, education and overall wellness among members of the Pacific Islander LGBTQI community. We also seek to build trust and common ground between the Pacific Islander community and the LGBTQI community, who often share many of the same issues and concerns.
We are a transgender and fa’afafine-led, member-based organization, and our work is driven by a deeply dedicated group of community volunteers. From the very start, our work has been steeped in the barriers, challenges and experiences of Pacific Islander members of the LGBTQI community who face pervasive racism, homophobia and transphobia in ways that impact their safety, health, sense of wellness, and their desire to build a positive future. Over the past seven years, compelling needs and emerging trends have shaped the work we do as well as the unique and important place we hold for Seattle’s Pacific Islander LGBTQI community.