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Virginia TIES
October 22, 2016

Virginia Commonwealth University Student Commons
907 Floyd Ave., Richmond, VA 23284

Click here to register for TIES 2016!

What have people said about TIES?

“I heard about TIES through the LGBT Center of Hampton Roads. The name change and gender marker change clinic really caught my eye, but what I really wanted was to interact with other people from my area and learn about all the resources that were being offered. You don’t really get these chances to meet trans* people, even if they’re only a few miles away. I feel connected to a community here.” Kaytee, from Hampton Roads

“For organizations, it’s a chance to keep our ears to the ground and be up to date on the issues that matter. At TIES, we hear people’s stories, connect and find out what we can do to offer assistance to the transgender community.” Elizabeth Wong, Deputy Director ACLU of Virginia

“This is my second year coming to TIES, and I was excited to see the improvements from last year. The closed caucus on violence and safety for the trans* community of color was a great addition. These are very real things happening to people every day, and it is important that our community talks about it and looks at how we are going to make a difference.” Erin, from Hampton RoadsSara Simone

“Trans* people often feel isolated, so there’s something special about intentionally coming together and meeting each other in the flesh at TIES. We are not just a couple of faces on magazine covers. We are a diverse community that is vibrant and beautiful. It’s affirming to be here and to see that.” Kara Johnson, TAP Virginia

“Getting to be here and support my partner is fantastic. I’m learning new ways to continue supporting them. Being trans* isn’t just a binary, it’s not something you can reduce. There’s depth and complexity and it feels great to learn and grow.” Jax Davis, TAP Virginia

“I’m very thankful for TIES. This is such a special place to come together and create solutions for transgender people all over Virginia. We couldn’t do the work we do without TIES to bring us all back in one place.” Sara Simone, from Alexandria, VA

“I heard about TIES from a professor. I’m getting ready to transition, and TIES has every resource I was looking for. There’s support for my partner, medical information, advice and experiences from other trans* people. The tangible resources are amazing and I’m walking away knowing more than I ever could have imagined.” Rae, from Richmond

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 Thank you to our sponsors and community voices of TIES 2016!

 Thank you to the organizations sponsoring the 2016 Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit. This support is essential in making our conference possible and leads directly to the success of the event. Please show your support in every way you can to the organizations listed below. Learn more about becoming a Community Voice or contact John at for more information about sponsorship.

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Community Voices

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