Virginia TIES 2020
 Wednesday, October 14 – Saturday, October 17

All-Digital Conference | 12:00 – 8:00 PM every day



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For the past six years, transgender and non-binary Virginians have come together in Richmond with friends, family members, and allies for the Transgender Information & Empowerment Summit (TIES). This year, the 7th Annual TIES is going digital to protect the health and safety of everyone who loves TIES. We are excited for the new possibilities and greater access this format presents, including the first time TIES has occurred over the course of multiple days! This year, the conference takes place from Wednesday, October 14 through Saturday, October 17.  We can’t wait for you to join us to be a part of this year’s re-imagined TIES. Register today!

La página de registro en español para la séptima Conferencia Anual de Información y Empoderamiento Transgénero (TIES por sus siglas en inglés). To register with the Spanish language form, click here.

During one of the most transformative years of our lifetime, highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide uprisings for Black lives, we believe the power of community has never been more clear. TIES offers an opportunity to foster that community by learning from and with each other in a safe and welcoming space. TIES exists to connect and empower transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming Virginians of all ages as well as family members, partners, and allies to strengthen the trans community across Virginia!

TIES has a lot to offer

No matter what you’re looking for, there is something at TIES for you:

  • Community social events and opportunities to connect one-on-one.
  • Dozens of workshops that cover a range of topics from health insurance to racial justice to voting rights, and so much more. The deadline to submit a workshop proposal for TIES 2020 was Monday, August 31.
  • Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic with free legal assistance for that process. Registration will be available closer to the conference.
  • Free wellness center where you can talk with a trans-affirming mental health or medical provider to ask questions and find resources. Registration will be available closer to the conference.
  • Programming for trans and gender expansive youth, family members, partners, and allies.
  • Interpretation in Spanish available upon request.

Learn more about TIES

Watch these videos to see why trans, non-binary, and allied Virginians attended TIES in 2017 and TIES in 2018, and check out photos from previous TIES conferences!

Hear from community members what they liked about TIES 2019:

“Everything, it feels like a family reunion!”

“I am constantly amazed at the organization, quality of presenters, the level of the info and the deep sense of community fostered at each TIES event.”

“As an ally with a transgender family member, one of the things I really like about VA TIES is the positive atmosphere throughout the day. I know that some of the sessions discussed difficult and sensitive topics, but there seemed to be an overall sense of joy and freedom among many attendees.”

“It’s the only event all-year that I feel like I can be totally myself and around all queer folx, at such a scale.”

“Very empowering, great sense of community.”

Racial Justice Commitment

Racial justice is a core value of TIES. Last year’s conference featured a keynote panel discussion on trans advocacy in communities of color, affinity spaces for people of color, workshops on racial justice, and more presenters of color than ever before. While these are important steps, we also know there’s more we need to do to fully serve and center Black, Indigenous, and people of color.

This year, we are committed to ensuring that TIES 2020 is a space where Black, Indigenous, and people of color can thrive, connect, and leave empowered. We honor and acknowledge the countless ways that Black trans communities have built the movements that made TIES possible. We know that the needs and interests of Black, Indigenous, and people of color must be prioritized in order to ensure our whole community thrives.

Inclusion Advisory Committee

In order to build upon TIES’s racial justice commitment, we are launching the Inclusion Advisory Committee. It will meet several times before the conference for Black, Indigenous, and people of color, as well as Spanish speakers of all backgrounds, to share their vision for a more inclusive and diverse TIES. The committee is open to family members, partners, and cisgender allies in addition to transgender, non-binary,  and gender nonconforming people. Participants will receive a stipend for each meeting they attend, and they do not need to attend every meeting. The deadline to express interested in participating in the committee, was Thursday, August 27. Thank you!

Thank you to the sponsors, partners, and community voices of TIES 2020!

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.

Presenting Sponsor


Collaborative Sponsors

Legal Clinic Partners

Trans-friendly attorneys and law students provide TIES attendees with free legal assistance on the name and gender marker change process. Registration for the clinic will be available closer to the conference. Thanks to the Virginia Equality Bar Association (VEBA), University of Richmond School of Law, BaryLaw, and the Law Offices of Calderón Seguin for their assistance.

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. To show our appreciation, your organization’s logo (with a link to your website) will be posted on the Virginia TIES web page and you’ll receive recognition during the conference!  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. To show our appreciation, your organization’s logo (with a link to your website) will be posted on the Virginia TIES web page and you’ll receive recognition during the conference! Click here to complete the form.