Seth Johnstone (He/Him) joined the team at Basic Rights Oregon in 2021 and is the Transgender Justice Lead Trainer and Organizer at Basic Rights Oregon. Seth originally moved to Oregon in 2004, and after facing a lot of challenges with the lack of resources, access, and rights as a transgender young person, he committed to striving to make the future different for the community in Oregon.
Seth is a compassionate strategist and community educator. For the last decade, Seth has been working in LGBTQ2IA+ youth advocacy with a focus on equity training facilitation, homeless youth services, direct advocacy work within community, and policy. Seth brings years of experience facilitating workshops and trainings with audiences statewide and is so happy to be a part of the Basic Rights Oregon team. Seth loves to use interactive group storytelling as a tool to ground folks in the moment in order to support groups generating new ways forward. He believes deeply that all people and groups have the ability to grow and change. Seth is particularly passionate about helping individuals navigate the range of resources and services in their community to find what best meets their specific needs.
After seeing the progress that has occurred in Oregon to support LGBTQ2IA+ individuals, Seth knows that change is possible, that there is a lot more to be done, and will continue to advocate for basic rights for marginalized communities in Oregon. Seth is deeply committed to both leveraging and subverting his power and access to dismantle oppression and recenter justice and build a stronger community.
Outside of work, Seth loves caring for his ever-multiplying houseplants, designing various art projects in his workshop, and exploring all the paradise of the northwest outdoors. Seth believes deeply in the role that community education can play in motivating people into action, awakening empathy, building alliances, and developing robust and access