Virginia TIES
Saturday, October 19, 2019

University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173



Every October, transgender and gender diverse folks are joined by friends, family, and allies for TIES (Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit). Last year, we welcomed more than 250 individuals identifying as trans or gender diverse who participated in the day’s programs alongside over 100 allies. Register now to reserve your spot!

The most important aspect of the TIES is community. To us, community means trust, solidarity, and a shared respect for people who are transgender and gender diverse. The summit is an opportunity to build that community – to learn from and with each other in a safe, welcoming, and empowering space. TIES offers information that is designed to meet the interests and needs of transgender and gender diverse individuals, partners, parents, youth, and allies to strengthen the trans community across Virginia!

Opportunities to Support TIES


Generous financial support helps to keep TIES free and accessible to all attendees. If your company or organization is interested in investing in this conference, please click here to learn about our two sponsorship opportunities and the benefits of giving at these levels.

Workshop Proposal

Would you like to facilitate a session at TIES?  The conference program offers opportunities to make connections, share and learn tools, and cultivate strategies to build support and resources for the transgender community. Sessions range in content from advocacy, to transition-specific support, to racial justice, and building community. Each session is one-hour long and can be offered in round-table, panel, or workshop form. Please click here complete the form. Submissions must be made by July 31, 2019 to be considered.


TIES brings together over 400 people for the day and we need all of the helping hands we can get to help the conference run smoothly. Whether you’re able to volunteer for a few hours, or for the whole day, your time and energy make a big difference. There are plenty of volunteer roles to choose from, so whether you like to support behind-the-scenes or you like to be a friendly face front-and-center, there’s something everyone can contribute to TIES. We simply cannot offer TIES without the support of our amazing volunteers – if you’d like to lend a hand this year, please click here to complete the form.


Every dollar donated to TIES directly supports this conference, and we are grateful for gifts in any amount. Since the first conference, keeping TIES free and accessible to everyone has been a main priority for us, and your contribution helps us do that. If you are interested in helping to supplement the cost of this event, please click here to complete the donation form.

Special Thanks

TIES will be in a new location this year, and we are very grateful to the University of Richmond for hosting us. Special thanks to University of Richmond LGBTQ Campus Life, UR LGBTQ+ Coalition, and UR Shades of Pride for their partnership.

Thank you to the sponsors, partners, and community voices of TIES 2019!

Thank you to the organizations sponsoring and supporting the Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit. Their support is essential in making TIES possible and leads directly to the success of the event.

Event Sponsor

Collaborative Sponsors

Legal Clinic Partners

Community Voices

One of the major goals of this conference is to create opportunities for connection. Your organization’s participation helps to build a vibrant and diverse space where individuals can learn, grow, and get connected to important resources. As a Community Voice, we ask that your organization help to spread the word about the conference, and we’ll reserve space for you to table at the conference. There is no cost to your organization for being a TIES Community Voice. Click here to complete the form.

Community Faith Voices

As a Community Faith Voice, you help participants get connected to important resources at the intersection of transgender identity, faith, and allyship. As a Community Faith Voice, we ask that you help to spread the word about the conference, and we’ll reserve space for you to drop off literature about your congregation at our designated Community Faith Voices table. Click here to complete the form.