Virginia TIES is an inclusive, accessible, and safe space for everyone. Workshops will be available for members of the trans community, significant others, parents of gender expansive youth, and allies. Everyone is welcome at TIES as long as you positively contribute by treating others with dignity and respect, as well as follow the guidelines in place to keep this a safe environment for trans and gender nonconforming people and their allies.


TIES will be held at the VCU Student Commons (907 Floyd Ave. Richmond, VA 23284).

Click here to view a map of the VCU Monroe Park Campus. The Student Commons is listed at #121 and you can park in the decks listed as #88 and #89. The building is accessible from Floyd Avenue, the corner of Main and Cherry streets, and the corner of Main and Linden streets.

Click here for the 2017 TIES conference map


On-street parking is available close to VCU’s Student Commons and is free on the weekend. Parking decks are also available near the Commons and costs $1 for the first two hours and then $2 per hour, with a maximum of $10 per day. Credit & cash are both accepted.

Travel Information

Richmond International Airport is only about 15 minutes away at 1 Richard E Byrd Terminal Dr., Richmond, VA 23250.

Use the GRTC Transit System’s trip planner to find local public transportation to the summit. A few of the closest routes include the 1-2, 3-4, and 16.

  • Regular bus fare is $1.50. A transfer ticket is available for two rides within 90 minutes for $1.75.
  • GRTC also offers one-day passes which cost $3.50 and expire at 3 AM, regardless of the time of purchase.
  • Please remember that you cannot receive change if you do not have the exact amount.
  • More information about bus fares can be found here.

Lodging Information

We have arranged special rates for room blocks at the following hotels in downtown Richmond:

  • Holiday Inn Express Downtown – 201 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219
    • Call (804) 788-1600 and mention the Equality Virginia room block OR book online here and enter the group code EV7
    • Room block closes on September 20, 2017


The TIES lunch hour will last from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm and no workshops will be offered during this time. Conference participants are responsible for bringing or purchasing their own meals. The following dining options will be provided in the building:

  • POD Convenience Store
  • Pizza Hut
  • Chick-Fil-A

Otherwise, feel free to pack your own lunch or choose an option nearby.  Nearby dining options include:

  • VCU’s Shafer Dining Hall (810 Cathedral Pl.)
  • Piccola Italy Pizza and Subs (1100 W Main St.)
  • The Local Eatery and Pub (1106 W Main St.)
  • 821 Café (825 W Cary St.) *VEG/VEGAN OPTIONS*
  • Harrison St. Cafe (402 N. Harrison St.) *VEG/VEGAN OPTIONS*
  • Mojos (733 W Cary St.)


Contact or call 804-643-4816 with any questions you have about the summit or your trip. We look forward to seeing you at TIES 2017!