TIES 2020 Schedule & Program

Below is the official schedule and program descriptions for the 7th Annual Transgender Information & Empowerment Summit (TIES 2020), presented by Capital One. We invite you to take some time to explore the schedule and descriptions, then start to plan your days at the conference. We are grateful for the amazing speakers, presenters, panelists, and facilitators who make this programming possible as well as for the staff, volunteers, community voices, community faith voices, legal clinic partners, and sponsors who support this conference. You can see a list of the many partner organizations who make TIES possible on our main TIES page here.

We invite you to read the descriptions for every workshop, keynote, social, and meeting to get a fuller sense of the content that TIES has to offer, and check out the presenter bios to get familiar with the individuals who have generously given their time and expertise to provide these sessions. Whether you are hoping to connect with community, find resources, or learn about topics from healthcare access to racial justice, there’s something for everyone at TIES 2020!

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Schedule Overview

* We respectfully request that you only attend sessions marked with an asterisk if you identify with the community described in the title. Please read the workshop descriptions below for more information about these sessions.

~ Workshops that have a tilde after their title will have interpretation between English and Spanish thanks to Trans Terps DC. 

Wednesday, October 14

12:00-1:00pm: From Stonewall to a Black Trans Future: A Keynote Discussion with Miss Major Griffin-Gracy ~

1:30-2:30pm: Workshop Sessions

  • Implicit Bias – Do You Know What It Is? 
  • Know Your Rights: Virginia’s New Employment Protections
  • Trans-masculine Roundtable* ~

2:30-3:30pm: Networking Break

3:30-4:30pm: Musical Xpressions ~

4:30-5:30pm: Networking Break or Diversity in Recovery Meeting

5:30-6:30pm: Workshop Sessions

  • The State of Immigration Law in 2020 ~
  • Transcending Homelessness 
  • Virginia’s New Name & Gender Marker Change Process

7:00-8:00pm: LGBTQ+ Trivia Night ~

Thursday, October 15

12:00-1:00pm: Defending Black Trans Lives in Virginia: A Keynote Panel ~

1:30-2:30pm: Workshop Sessions

  • From Authenticity to Trans Power: A Discussion with Delegate Danica Roem ~
  • Reunión de Hispanoparlantes/Spanish Speakers Roundtable*  
  • Trans & Non-Binary Older Adults Roundtable*

2:30-3:30pm: Networking Break

3:00-7:00pm: TIES Wellness Center Hours

3:30-4:30pm: Writing & Poetry Work Space ~

4:30-5:30pm: Networking Break or Diversity in Recovery Meeting

5:30-6:30pm: Workshop Sessions

  • Non-Binary Roundtable* ~
  • Parent & Caregiver Roundtable* 
  • Voting Rights in Virginia

7:00-8:00pm: Talent Show: Lights, Camera, Action!  ~

Friday, October 16

12:00-1:00pm: Prison Abolition, Trans Liberation, & Artistry: A Keynote Discussion with Dominique Morgan ~

1:30-2:30pm: Workshop Sessions

  • Ask a Trans Person 
  • Coping through COVID-19: Healing & Resilience in 2020 
  • Trans-feminine/Non-Binary Surgical Options ~

2:30-5:30pm: Networking Break

3:00-5:00pm: TIES Wellness Center Hours

4:30-5:30pm: Diversity in Recovery Meeting ~

5:30-6:30pm: Workshop Sessions

  • Trans-masculine/Non-Binary Surgical Options ~
  • Trans-feminine Roundtable* ~
  • Medical Care for Trans and Non-Binary Youth

7:00-8:00pm: Fast Friends: Digital Speed-Friending ~

Saturday, October 17

12:00-1:00pm: Voices of the Next Generation: A Keynote Panel with Black Trans & Non-Binary Youth ~

1:00-3:00pm: TIES Wellness Center Hours

1:30-2:30pm: Workshop Sessions

  • It Takes Time: Navigating Family Dynamics 
  • Trans & Non-Binary Black, Indigenous, & People of Color Roundtable* ~
  • Trans & Non-Binary Youth Roundtable*

2:30-3:30pm: Networking Break

3:30-4:30pm: Meditation & Mindfulness Circle ~ or Diversity in Recovery Meeting

4:30-5:30pm: Workshop Sessions

  • Know Your Rights: Accessing Trans Health Care in 2020
  • Schools: How to Advocate for Trans and Non-Binary Students ~
  • The Work of Black Trans-Led Organizations in Virginia 

6:00-7:00pm: Show ‘n’ Tell Showcase ~

Wednesday, October 14

* We respectfully request that you only attend sessions marked with an asterisk if you identify with the community described in the title. Please read the workshop descriptions below for more information about these sessions.

~ Workshops that have a tilde after their title will have interpretation between English and Spanish thanks to Trans Terps DC. 

12:00-1:00pm

From Stonewall to a Black Trans Future: A Keynote Discussion with Miss Major Griffin-Gracy ~
Facilitator: E. Lee Dyer, IV (he/him)

As a Stonewall veteran and lifelong Black trans female revolutionary, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy will participate in a keynote discussion where she shares her thoughts on the transgender and racial justice movements as they have evolved to where we are today. She will also reflect on her incredible legacy to provide visions for a future of Black, Southern, trans, and queer liberation in our time. There will be time for audience questions.

1:30-2:30pm

Implicit Bias – Do You Know What It Is? ~
Presenter: Bryan Price (he/him)

During this two-hour long workshop, learn what implicit bias is and the difference between implicit bias, prejudice, and racism. Through discussions and video presentation, learn how implicit bias manifests itself and impacts us in our daily lives. Lastly, learn an eight-point plan to identify and address implicit bias. If possible, take this implicit bias test before the workshop: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html. This unique workshop will last from 1:30pm- 3:30pm. 

Know Your Rights: Virginia’s New Employment Protections
Presenter: Nicole Tortoriello (she/her)

Since July 1, Virginia employees have enjoyed a host of new employment protections under the Virginia Values Act, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, and the CROWN Act. The laws protect Virginia’s workers from discrimination on the basis of who they are – including their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions including lactation, age, status as a veteran, or national origin. During this session, Nicole Tortoriello, the Secular Society Women’s Rights Advocacy Counsel with the ACLU of Virginia, will talk about what LGBTQ+ employees need to know about these new protections and how to use them. There will also be time for questions.

Trans-masculine Roundtable* ~
Facilitators: Kelly Royster (he/him) and Ted Heck (any pronouns)

This roundtable discussion is intended for trans and gender diverse individuals who have a masculine gender identity or expression. Together, we will share experiences and information related to our social, legal, and/or medical transition. This is a space to learn from each other, address challenges unique to trans-masculine individuals, and connect with our larger community.

2:30-3:30pm

Networking Break

Find a friend! We invite you to use this time to take advantage of our Whova app to network with fellow conference participants. Use the direct message feature to connect one-on-one, engage on the threads, and get to know our community partners – happy networking!

3:30-4:30pm

Musical Xpressions ~

If you enjoy a good tune this is the session for you. During this session, we’ll jam out, talk about and listen to some of our favorite songs, and expand our playlists together in the music room! 

4:30-5:30pm

Networking Break

Find a friend! We invite you to use this time to take advantage of our Whova app to network with fellow conference participants. Use the direct message feature to connect one-on-one, engage on the threads, and get to know our community partners – happy networking!

Diversity in Recovery Meeting
Facilitators: Benita Mayo, Charley Burton, Matthew Carter, Meredith Polson, Chris Doran

This space is open for anyone in recovery who needs an hour for their recovery. We will conduct our meeting in this space each evening 10/14 from 10/16 from 4:30 to 5:30 and 10/17 from 3:30 to 4:30. Diversity in Recovery is not affiliated with AA or NA but we are a space for LGBTQ BIPOC and allies to talk about their recovery and anything that threatens their recovery. This is an open meeting. Learn more about us: www.diversityinrecovery.org.

5:30-6:30pm

The State of Immigration Law in 2020 ~
Presenter: Miguel Rivera (he/him)

Federal immigration law is ever-changing and many trans, non-binary, and cisgender immigrants have found themselves in increasingly difficult situations as a result. This workshop will cover programs that benefit immigrants and changes in federal law that impact people’s immigration and legal status, with special attention to how trans and LGBQ immigrants are affected and can find help. There will be ample time for questions. 

Transcending Homelessness ~
Presenters: De Sube (she/her), Jay Corprew (he/him), and Sarah Hustead (they/them)

In this workshop, we will discuss the issues homeless trans adults face including discrimination in shelters and the lack of trans positive housing resources throughout Virginia. Housing is one of the most vital needs all people share. However, many transgender people face discrimination when seeking housing and employment in spite of nondiscrimination laws. 

Virginia’s New Name & Gender Marker Change Process
Presenter: Bary Hausrath (he/him)

Do you need to change your ID or birth certificate? The law has changed! Join a discussion of recent changes to Virginia law, including a new non-binary option on DMV IDs and changes to the procedures for obtaining a new Virginia birth certificate to match your gender. Also, learn about the Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic, how to register, and what to expect. There will be time for questions.

7:00-8:00pm

LGBTQ+ Trivia Night ~

How much do you know about Queer History? Test your knowledge, make some friends, and have fun with LGBTQ-themed trivia! 

Thursday, October 15

* We respectfully request that you only attend sessions marked with an asterisk if you identify with the community described in the title. Please read the workshop descriptions below for more information about these sessions.

~ Workshops that have a tilde after their title will have interpretation between English and Spanish thanks to Trans Terps DC. 

12:00-1:00pm

Defending Black Trans Lives in Virginia: A Keynote Panel ~
Facilitator: Aurora Higgs (she/her)
Panelists: Nathaniel Preston (he/him), Sara Simone (she/her), and Dexter Davis (he/him)

The fight for Black trans liberation is alive in Virginia! Join an impactful panel discussion with dedicated Black transgender advocates in Virginia who are making a difference and defending Black trans lives in their communities. Come hear about their experiences, learn from their perspectives, and find ways to uplift their incredible work as we explore how the fight for Black trans lives is showing up in different areas all across Virginia. There will be time for audience questions. 

1:30-2:30pm

From Authenticity to Trans Power: A Discussion with Delegate Danica Roem ~
Presenter: Delegate Danica Roem (she/her)
Facilitator: Ali Moros Taylor (they/them)

Join Delegate Danica Roem for an impactful discussion that will cover her experience, her work in and outside of the General Assembly as the first openly transgender legislator in Virginia, and her advice for future generations of trans, non-binary, and allied leaders. The discussion will be facilitated by a transgender youth, and leave you inspired, hopeful, and empowered. There will be time for audience questions.

Reunión de Hispanoparlantes/Spanish Speakers Roundtable*  ~
Facilitadora/Facilitator: Gia Martinez (she/ella)

Esta reunión de hispanoparlantes será un refugio seguro del mundo anglófono. Hablaremos de temas que afecta a nuestra comunidad, centrando a lxs hispanoparlantes monolingües. Temas incluyen: migración, activismo, arte, salud transgénero, y más.

This caucus of Spanish-speaking people is a safe haven from the English speaking world. We will talk about topics that affect our community, centering monolingual Spanish speakers. Topics include: migration, activism, art, trans health, and more.

Trans & Non-Binary Older Adults Roundtable*
Facilitator: Charley Burton (he/him)

This Roundtable discussion is for trans and non-binary people age 50 and over to build connections and share resources and experiences. What are your fears growing older as a trans or non-binary person? What are your challenges, medically and emotionally? Who do you turn to for help? This is a closed session for trans and non-binary adults age 50 and over. This roundtable is being presented by Black Transmen Inc. 

2:30-3:30pm

Networking Break

Find a friend! We invite you to use this time to take advantage of our Whova app to network with fellow conference participants. Use the direct message feature to connect one-on-one, engage on the threads, and get to know our community partners – happy networking!

3:00-7:00pm

TIES Wellness Center Hours

The Wellness Center offers free, non-diagnostic one-on-one conversations between TIES participants and trans-friendly healthcare providers in the medical and mental health fields who have training and experience providing trans-affirming care. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, identify resources, and discuss general next steps to getting your healthcare needs met. Services are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis by appointment. You can sign up for an appointment here by Tuesday, October 13: http://bit.ly/TIES2020WellnessAppointment.

3:30-4:30pm

Writing & Poetry Work Space ~

Sometimes the best way to reflect on our thoughts and feelings is – on paper. This session will guide writers of all experience levels through a mindful writing activity. Utilize this space to reflect and empower yourself through the art of writing, and then share out!

4:30-5:30pm

Networking Break

Find a friend! We invite you to use this time to take advantage of our Whova app to network with fellow conference participants. Use the direct message feature to connect one-on-one, engage on the threads, and get to know our community partners – happy networking!

Diversity in Recovery Meeting
Facilitators: Benita Mayo, Charley Burton, Matthew Carter, Meredith Polson, Chris Doran.

This space is open for anyone in recovery who needs an hour for their recovery. We will conduct our meeting in this space each evening 10/14 from 10/16 from 4:30 to 5:30 and 10/17 from 3:30 to 4:30. Diversity in Recovery is not affiliated with AA or NA but we are a space for LGBTQ BIPOC and allies to talk about their recovery and anything that threatens their recovery. This is an open meeting. Learn more about us: www.diversityinrecovery.org.

5:30-6:30pm

Non-Binary Roundtable* ~
Facilitators: Levi Walter (they/them) and Armand Carnelian Fortin (they/he)

This roundtable discussion is intended for anyone who identifies outside the gender binary of male or female to share experiences and information related to their social, legal, and/or medical transition. Participants can address challenges unique to non-binary individuals, learn from one another, and connect with a larger community. Please note this is a closed session for those who identify outside of the gender binary.

Parent & Caregiver Roundtable* ~
Facilitator: Shannon McKay (she/her)

This workshop will provide a safe space for parents and other adult family members of transgender or non-binary people to make connections, explore feelings, share experiences, and ask questions about how to support their loved one. Please note that this is a closed workshop for adult family members of transgender individuals of all ages.

Voting Rights in Virginia
Presenter: Tierra Ragland (she/her)

Virginia has a long and ugly history of voter disenfranchisement and suppression. In the past, tactics like poll taxes and literacy tests kept Black voters from casting ballots; today, we see measures like voter ID laws, voting rights stripped from returning citizens, malfunctioning and insecure voting machines, and long lines. The Virginia Civic Engagement Table works year-round to ensure Virginians have unencumbered access to the ballot and can cast their votes without confusion or intimidation. This workshop will provide voters with the information needed to ensure they have safe access to the ballot box as well as ways to protect your voting rights, especially as it relates to transgender and non-binary people’s unique concerns. There will also be time for questions.

7:00-8:00pm

Talent Show: Lights, Camera, Action!  ~

It’s your time in the spotlight! Whether your talent is speaking 7 languages, playing an instrument, or folding a fitted sheet, we want you to showcase it. Make sure to sign up by Thursday, October 15 at 5:30pm so you can strut your stuff: bit.ly/TIES2020TalentShow.

Friday, October 16

* We respectfully request that you only attend sessions marked with an asterisk if you identify with the community described in the title. Please read the workshop descriptions below for more information about these sessions.

~ Workshops that have a tilde after their title will have interpretation between English and Spanish thanks to Trans Terps DC. 

12:00-1:00pm

Prison Abolition, Trans Liberation, & Artistry: A Keynote Discussion with Dominique Morgan ~

Dominique Morgan will lead a keynote discussion where she shares her thoughts on the role of transgender advocacy and artistry in the service of prison abolition and liberation for transgender and gender nonconforming people, especially Black trans folks who face or have faced incarceration. Dominique Morgan will draw upon her lived experience of being impacted by mass incarceration and a decade of change-making artistry, advocacy, and background in public health in describing how she continues to work in spaces of sex education, radical self-care, and transformative youth development with intentions of dismantling the prison industrial complex and its impact on our communities. There will be time for audience questions.

1:30-2:30pm

Ask a Trans Person
Facilitator: Bianca Humady Rey (she/her)
Panelists: Jordin Cotman (she/her), Ray Eck (he/him), and Caden Haney (he/him)

Are you an ally looking to learn more about the diversity of transgender experiences? Are you also interested in finding out how to get involved in advocating for transgender rights? Many people are still learning what it means to be trans, and only one in ten know they’ve met someone who is transgender. This “Ask a Trans person” panel discussion is the perfect place for allies looking for an open and welcoming environment to deepen their understanding of the trans community. Four transgender panelists will discuss their experiences and engage with the audience in dialogue about the role they can play to help support the transgender community. This session will have ample time for audience questions.

Coping through COVID-19: Healing & Resilience in 2020 ~
Presenter: Sarah Charbonneau (she/her)

It is a year like no other, amid fears of the COVID-19 pandemic, increased visibility of racist violence, economic insecurity, and a looming election. It’s a time to lean on each other, find help when we need it, and ground ourselves in our capacity to overcome difficult situations. This workshop will be an informal, empowering space for participants to ask questions about coping during difficult times and work together to find tools for healing, resilience, and self-care. General content warning: we may be addressing difficult or painful topics during this workshop

Trans-feminine/Non-Binary Surgical Options ~
Presenter: Dr. Keelee MacPhee, M.D. (she/her)

This workshop provides an overview of surgery procedures for trans-feminine and non-binary people. This workshop is for anyone wanting to learn more about the surgical process as well as pre- and post-operative procedures. Topics covered will include vaginoplasty, facial feminization, breast augmentation, and body contouring. There will also be time for questions.

2:30-5:30pm

Networking Break

Find a friend! We invite you to use this time to take advantage of our Whova app to network with fellow conference participants. Use the direct message feature to connect one-on-one, engage on the threads, and get to know our community partners – happy networking!

3:00-5:00pm

TIES Wellness Center Hours

The Wellness Center offers free, non-diagnostic one-on-one conversations between TIES participants and trans-friendly healthcare providers in the medical and mental health fields who have training and experience providing trans-affirming care. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, identify resources, and discuss general next steps to getting your healthcare needs met. Services are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis by appointment. You can sign up for an appointment here by Tuesday, October 13: bit.ly/TIES2020WellnessAppointment.

4:30-5:30pm

Diversity in Recovery Meeting ~
Facilitators: Benita Mayo, Charley Burton, Matthew Carter, Meredith Polson, Chris Doran.

This space is open for anyone in recovery who needs an hour for their recovery. We will conduct our meeting in this space each evening 10/14 from 10/16 from 4:30 to 5:30 and 10/17 from 3:30 to 4:30. Diversity in Recovery is not affiliated with AA or NA but we are a space for LGBTQ BIPOC and allies to talk about their recovery and anything that threatens their recovery. This is an open meeting. Learn more about us: www.diversityinrecovery.org.

5:30-6:30pm

Trans-masculine/Non-Binary Surgical Options ~
Presenter: Dr. Keelee MacPhee, M.D. (she/her)

This workshop provides an overview of surgery procedures for trans-masculine and non-binary people. This workshop is for anyone wanting to learn more about the surgical process as well as pre- and post-operative procedures, including top surgery. There will also be time for questions.

Trans-feminine Roundtable* ~
Facilitators: De Sube (she/her) and Tiona Bowman (she/her)

This round-table discussion is intended for trans and gender diverse individuals who have a feminine gender identity or expression. Together, we will share experiences and information related to our social, legal, and/or medical transition. This is a space to learn from each other, address challenges unique to trans-feminine individuals, and connect with our larger community.

Medical Care for Trans and Non-Binary Youth
Presenter: Dr. Elyse Pine, M.D. (she/her) and Deborah Dunn, PAC, MBA (she/her)

This workshop will cover information about puberty blockers, feminizing hormone therapy, masculinizing hormone therapy, and individualized regimens for non-binary youth.  We will discuss recommendations for preventative care and sexual health.  We will briefly discuss surgery options and strategies for insurance coverage for minors.  Time will be available for audience Q&A.  

7:00-8:00pm

Fast Friends: Digital Speed-Friending ~

Get to know your community with some good old fashioned speed-friending! In this social, you will be randomly put in timed break-out rooms with a group of other participants and given fun prompts to help break the ice, learn some fun facts about each other, and even become fast friends.

Saturday, October 17

* We respectfully request that you only attend sessions marked with an asterisk if you identify with the community described in the title. Please read the workshop descriptions below for more information about these sessions.

~ Workshops that have a tilde after their title will have interpretation between English and Spanish thanks to Trans Terps DC.

12:00-1:00pm

Voices of the Next Generation: A Keynote Panel with Black Trans & Non-Binary Youth ~
Facilitator: Caden Haney (he/him)
Panelists: Black Trans Youth with Side by Side

Black trans and non-binary youth are our future! Join this powerful panel discussion with passionate Black transgender and non-binary youth from Virginia. They will come together to share common experiences as well as how they’ve been responding to the Uprisings in defense of Black life and other current events. They will also share their perspectives, hopes, and visions for a future where Black trans and non-binary youth thrive and lead the way. There will be time for audience questions. 

1:00-3:00pm

TIES Wellness Center Hours

The Wellness Center offers free, non-diagnostic one-on-one conversations between TIES participants and trans-friendly healthcare providers in the medical and mental health fields who have training and experience providing trans-affirming care. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, identify resources, and discuss general next steps to getting your healthcare needs met. Services are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis by appointment. You can sign up for an appointment here by Tuesday, October 13: bit.ly/TIES2020WellnessAppointment.

1:30-2:30pm

It Takes Time: Navigating Family Dynamics ~
Facilitators: Circe Strauss (she/her) and Shannon McKay (she/her)

Transition is a complex journey undertaken by everyone in the family, including not only the trans or non-binary person, but also parents, caregivers, and other family members. For example, what happens when a sibling is asked intrusive questions at school? When a grandparent is not on board? When an aunt or uncle says the cousins are “too young to understand”? Or, what happens when parents don’t agree with one another about how to best support their child? This session will address these questions and more about complex family dynamics. A discussion where families, allies, and trans and non-binary people are invited.  

Trans & Non-Binary Black, Indigenous, & People of Color Roundtable* ~
Facilitator: Charley Burton (he/him)

This will be an interactive discussion for all trans, gender diverse, and gender-questioning individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Together, we will share experiences and information related to our identities as trans and non-binary people who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color. This is a space to learn from each other, address challenges unique to trans people of color, and connect with our community. 

Trans & Non-Binary Youth Roundtable* 
Facilitator: Amber Beichler (she/her)

This roundtable discussion is intended for transgender and non-binary youth to share experiences and information. Participants can address challenges unique to trans and non-binary youth, learn from one another, and connect with a larger community. Please note this is a closed session for transgender and non-binary youth between the ages of 14-18. An adult facilitator will be present.

2:30-3:30pm

Networking Break

Find a friend! We invite you to use this time to take advantage of our Whova app to network with fellow conference participants. Use the direct message feature to connect one-on-one, engage on the threads, and get to know our community partners – happy networking!

3:30-4:30pm

Meditation & Mindfulness Circle ~
Facilitator: John Taylor (he/him)

No matter where you are or what you do, it’s safe to say that we all could use a little bit of time to pause and breathe. During this session you will be able to learn about some of the benefits of mindfulness and you will have the opportunity to experience being guided through a deeply relaxing meditation practice. All experience levels are welcome!

Diversity in Recovery Meeting
Facilitators: Benita Mayo, Charley Burton, Matthew Carter, Meredith Polson, Chris Doran

This space is open for anyone in recovery who needs an hour for their recovery. We will conduct our meeting in this space each evening 10/14 from 10/16 from 4:30 to 5:30 and 10/17 from 3:30 to 4:30. Diversity in Recovery is not affiliated with AA or NA but we are a space for LGBTQ BIPOC and allies to talk about their recovery and anything that threatens their recovery. This is an open meeting. Learn more about us: www.diversityinrecovery.org.

4:30-5:30pm

Know Your Rights: Accessing Trans Health Care in 2020
Presenter: Noah Lewis (he/him)

How does the potential repeal of transgender-specific regulations under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County affect your ability to access transgender-related health care? We’ll explain the changing legal landscape and answer common questions about how to access trans-related health care under public and private health insurance—including how to know what is covered and how to challenge an exclusion. In most situations, denying trans-related health care is illegal. This webinar will help you to understand the legal landscape and how to assert your rights. Learn skills that you can share with your community and be part of advancing trans health equality. There will also be time for questions.

Schools: How to Advocate for Trans and Non-Binary Students ~
Facilitators: Shannon McKay (she/her) and DeHaven or Helen Mays (they/them)

Know your rights and learn practical ways to advocate for yourself, your child and/or your students. This workshop will be facilitated by He She Ze and We and Side by Side leaders. Together we will focus on the needs of youth in our school systems and share strategies with attendees.  Educators, counselors, administrators along with families and allies are encouraged to attend this interactive workshop.

The Work of Black Trans-Led Organizations in Virginia ~
Presenters: Zakia McKensey (she/her), Charley Burton (he/him), Tarena Williams (she/her), and JL Pressley (he/him)

Join a panel discussion featuring leaders of organizations that are led by and serve Black transgender and non-binary communities in Virginia, including Nationz Foundation, Black Transmen Inc.Southeastern Transgender Resource Center, and Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity Inc. Each leader will share the work that their organization does for the community, how individuals can access their services or get connected as they’ve adapted to 2020, and how everyone can support their organization’s work.

6:00-7:00pm

Show ‘n’ Tell Showcase ~

Grab something yellow, your newest house plant and your favorite mask – or shoes – and tell us about it! We’re getting up close and semi-personal during this session, where we invite you to showcase some of your most unique and meaningful household items. 

Presenter Bios

Keynote Speakers

Aurora Higgs (she/her) is a Black, queer activist who uses performance as her means of storytelling. Aurora has worked in the space of social justice in Richmond for over a decade and hopes to make her community a place that fosters empowerment for those who rarely get it. Currently, Aurora is obtaining her doctorate in media studies, with a concentration on queer representation.

Caden Haney (he/him) grew up in Ruckersville, VA but now lives in Richmond where he attends Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is active in his community and helps facilitate meetings of “Transforming, Empowered, Aspiring, Men,” also known as T.E.A.M. This social support group provides community engagement, emotional support, and social opportunities for men of trans experience throughout Virginia. He is also a passionate advocate for the transgender community, especially Black and brown young people. 

Dexter Davis (he/him) is a proud Black transgender man who is actively involved in uplifting his communities. His passion led him to become a facilitator for multiple transgender support groups including Transcending Empowered Aspiring Men (T.E.A.M), a support group at Nationz Foundation for men of trans experience, and founding The Men in Transition, a non profit social support organization dedicated to serving the unique needs of transgender men and transmasculine people within Hampton Roads, in Virginia.  He is a dedicated member of the Alpha Colony of Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity, Inc. (AQK), which is a non-collegiate greek lettered organization for men of trans experience focused on fellowship, service, and leadership. He is also member of Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau.

Dominique Morgan (she/her) is an award-winning artist, activist, and TEDx speaker. As the Executive Director of Black and Pink, the largest prison abolitionist organization in the United States. She works daily to dismantle the systems that perpetuate violence on LGBTQ/GNC people and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Partnering her lived experience of being impacted by mass incarceration (including 18 months in solitary confinement), with a decade of change-making artistry, advocacy, and background in public health, she continues to work in spaces of sex education, radical self-care, and transformative youth development with intentions of dismantling the prison industrial complex and its impact on our communities. Ms. Morgan is a 2020 Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award recipient, NAACP Freedom Fighter Award recipient, and 2020 JM Kaplan Innovation Prize recipient. She is currently completing her capstone project for studies in the Georgetown University – System Involved LGBTQ Youth Scholar Program.

E. Lee Dyer, IV (he/him) works as the Associate Director of LGBTQ Campus Life at the University of Richmond’s office of Common Ground, centering social justice, equity, and LGBTQIA inclusion. He holds Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Dillard University and Master’s in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University. Lee is responsible for LGBTQ program and policy creation and implementation at U of R, as well as creating safe spaces of community for the university’s LGBTQIA community. Outside of U of R, Lee serves as an Executive Board Member for Side by Side, a non-profit dedicated to providing safe spaces and services to LGBTQ youth of Richmond. He is a proud member of Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity Incorporated, a fraternal organization for men of trans experience. Prior to Richmond, Mr. Dyer was the Program Coordinator for the University of Cincinnati’s LGBTQ Center. He also served as the Vice President of Community Accountability for the Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity (MSGD). As a native of New Orleans and son of an incarcerated parent, he works with nonprofits in New Orleans in an effort to reduce the recidivism rate of Black men in Louisiana. Mr. Dyer strives to create opportunities to enrich the lives of people with marginalized identities.

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy (she/her) is a Black, transgender activist who has spent five decades working to create a better world for her chosen family of trans and gender nonconforming people. Nicknamed the “grandmother of the trans revolution” by her trans daughter Janet Mock, Miss Major is a veteran of the infamous Stonewall Riots, a former sex worker, and a survivor of New York’s Dannemora Prison and the infamous Bellevue asylum. Miss Major’s fierce commitment and intersectional approach to justice brought her to work as a caretaker for people during the earliest years of the HIV/AIDS crisis; to go back into prisons as a mentor, to support trans and gender nonconforming people targeted by the US prison system; and most recently to form House of GG in Little Rock, Arkansas – a retreat center and leadership program for Black trans and gender nonconforming activists in the South. Other upcoming creative projects include executive producing the film Trans in Trumpland (coming to streaming platforms in fall 2020), and a collaborative book about her activism written with her assistant Toshio (out summer 2021 on Verso Books). 

Nathaniel Preston (he/him) grew up in Martinsville, Virginia but now lives in Roanoke.  He works as a case manager for a national auto supply chain to help people with leaves of absence. He is also active in his community, which includes gearing up to start an LGBT chamber of commerce for the Roanoke area with his wife and being a member of Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau. He also has three children in their teenage and early adulthood years, as well as three dogs! In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family, cooking, reading, and playing video games.

Sara Simone (she/her) grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania but now lives in Northern Virginia. She is a case manager working with homeless veterans of the U.S. Military. In her spare time, she enjoys poetry, writing, and hiking. She is involved with several local LGBT organizations in her area and a founding member of Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau.

Presenters & Facilitators

Ali Moros Taylor (they/them) is a 19 year old transgender youth activist that has worked closely with Side by Side since they came out at 14. Ali has recently become a college student and an avid birdwatcher. They live at home with their parents, sister, and three dogs.

Amber Beichler (she/her) has been co-facilitating a teens & tweens group for almost two years as part of the Transgender Education Association (TGEA). She is also active in local politics, and is currently the chair of the Fairfax County Democrats LGBTQ+ Committee. In her free time, she is an avid Dungeons & Dragons player and enjoying time with her family, especially her young niece and nephews.

Antiona Bowman (she/her), who goes by Tiona, is the Transgender Services Coordinator and the lead CLEAR! Intervention facilitating counselor for IBWC’s (International Black Women’s Congress), E.P.I.C. Program, a local CBO located in the city of Norfolk, VA. Along with her responsibilities she also helps within various programs such as rapid HIV Testing and Prevention Counseling and Community Health Service Navigation. As a young transwoman of color transitioning in the Hampton Roads area in the turn of the century 1998/99, Tiona experienced trans life of color in the Norfolk area firsthand. Tiona used her experiences to advocate against the stigma and for the inclusion of transwomen of color to ensure equal equality within the trans community, in her belief that true equality for transwomen is the realistic understanding of the challenges faced by transwomen and the inclusion of all aspects of trans life, good or bad.

Armand Carnelian Fortin (he/they) is on the Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia’s board of directors, and they currently serve as Director of Volunteers.  In addition to their dedication to helping the transgender homeless community, Armand advocates for trans POC visibility, and they are passionate about promoting trans POC artists. In 2019, Armand joined Equality Virginia’s Transgender Speakers Bureau. Armand is a musician and bird enthusiast, and he currently resides in Norfolk, Virginia.

Bary Hausrath (he/him) is a Virginia-licensed attorney in private practice. He also volunteers as the supervising attorney for the Virginia Equality Bar Association’s Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic, which has helped hundreds of trans and gender nonconforming individuals obtain appropriate identification documents. 

Bianca Humady Rey (she/her) was born in the Philippines and now lives in Springfield, Virginia. She works as an Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Specialist and is also the chair of Capital Trans Pride. In her spare time, Bianca enjoys hiking, dancing, yoga, singing, and spending time with her family.

Bryan Price (he/him)  is an Outreach and Engagement Specialist with the University of Virginia Cancer Center and the Cancer Center without Walls, where he is responsible for initiatives related to cancer and obesity across Southside Virginia. A native of Danville, Virginia, he currently resides in South Boston, Virginia, with his husband, Craig. He is a founding member of the Danville After Hours Rotary Club and Middle Border Forward and a board member of the Dan River Region Health Collaborative, the Regional Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth Southwest Advisory Board, the Virginia Rural Health Association, Equality Virginia and the Virginia Department of Health’s Community HIV Planning Group. He is also a graduate of the 2018 Class of LEAD Virginia. 

Charley Burton (he/him) is a native of Charlottesville VA. He is currently one of the founding board members of Black Transmen Inc, board member of the following organizations. Diversity In Recovery, CVille Pride, Common Ground Healing Healing Arts, and PFLAG of the Blue Ridge. Charley transitioned later in life at the age of 50. He firmly believes in service and giving back what has been freely given to him. He just recently celebrated 14 years of living clean and sober. 

Circe Strauss (she/her) is from San Diego, California and now lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. She facilitates the CVille Trans Peer Group and is involved in her local PFLAG chapter. Additionally, she is a member of Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau (TASB). In her spare time, Circe enjoys running and light-based art. She is a Unitarian Universalist, and has two daughters. 

De Sube (she/her) has been a transgender advocate and activist for 25 years. She is happily retired, which gives her ample to time to follow her passion –  the transgender community. She founded the Gender Expression Movement support group almost 16 years ago and is one of the founding members of the  Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia where she currently serves as Chairperson, Director of Client Services & Treasurer

Deborah Dunn, PAC, MBA (she/her) is a family practice physician assistant and the Trans Health Coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center for Chase Brexton Health Care. In her position at Chase Brexton, Dunn provides leadership and coordination of care for 4000 transgender-identified patients, establishes best practices for medical transgender care, trains other medical providers, provides consultation to external organizations on transgender-related issues including employee transition, engages in advocacy at the state level, and identifies research and funding opportunities related to transgender care. She has presented at numerous national conferences, engaged in strategic planning with several nonprofit organizations, and volunteered throughout the local community. 

DeHaven or Helen Mays (they/them) is an educator who has worked with LGBTQ+ youth for the last four years. They earned two master’s degrees: one in sociology and the other in education. DeHaven works at Side by Side facilitating middle school and transgender groups and is also the head of the school program. In this work, DeHaven works with schools to establish Gender Sexuality Alliances, offer training to school staff, and be an ongoing resource. DeHaven is passionate about providing visibility for LGBTQ+ youth so the youth can be their full selves in all areas of their lives. 

Delegate Danica Roem (she/her) (D-13) represents the 13th district in the Virginia House of Delegates, which includes Manassas Park and parts of Prince William County where she grew up. She has a decade of experience in journalism and covering local politics and  was formerly a vocalist for a metal band. After winning a historic election in 2017 to become the first out-and-seated transgender state legislator in American history, Del. Roem joined a bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers in 2018 to expand Medicaid to 400,000 uninsured Virginians and raise teacher pay throughout the commonwealth. She also helped bring the first commuter bus line to the western part of her district and worked with the Virginia Department of Transportation to secure a Route 28 Corridor Improvement Study for her district in 2019. Now serving her second term, Del. Roem continues to prioritize fixing Route 28, expanding access to quality, affordable health insurance, increasing government accountability and making Virginia a more inclusive commonwealth.

Dr. Elyse Pine, MD (she/her) is a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist and Trans Youth Lead Physician of the Gender JOY program at Chase Brexton Health Care in Maryland, which serves over 1800 transgender and gender diverse youth ages 4-26.  Dr. Pine began working with gender variant children and adolescents while serving as an assistant professor at University of Maryland Medical Center in 2011.   She has published research and clinical articles related to transgender care and lectures frequently.

Gia Martinez (she/her) is a trans coordinator and health educator at NovaSalud, a nonprofit that provides HIV testing and prevention education programs in Northern Virginia, where she also leads the TSISTA (Transgender Sisters Informing Sisters About Topics on AIDS) program. She has extensive experience working with Latina transgender women and is highly skilled at facilitating group interventions with them. She received a community leadership award in 2014 for her advocacy for transgender Latina equality. She also serves on the Community HIV Planning Group for the Virginia Department of Health, which guides prevention and care services and is a trans navigator for PEP and PrEP.

Jay Corprew (he/him) is an active board member of the Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia (TAP VA). He works diligently within the transgender community and within the LGBTQ community of Hampton Roads as the head facilitator for The Queer and Trans People of Color group at the LGBT Life Center in Norfolk.  Jay is a fine artist, muralist, and poet who uses his art to heal, inspire, and educate. He’s also an herbalist who works from home, selling custom herbal teas. He resides in Virginia Beach with his wife who also is a poet, writer, and editor. Follow Jay on Instagram: @Masterofteas. 

JL Pressley (he/him) was born in Richmond, VA and raised in the DC/MD area. He is the proud Father of 6 grown children, one of whom is deceased. He is a Grandfather, a Great Grandfather and now a Super Proud Great-Great Grandfather. JL is a recent Honors graduate of Ashworth College – Travel Agent in which he now owns DiVyne Destinations. He is currently back at Ashworth College studying Medical Billing and Coding to further enhance his employment skills at his current job. JL was a Radio Announcer for over 20 years in the DC area and NYC. He was also on the founding Board of DC Black Gay Pride, now known as The Black Pride Federation. JL is one of the Founding Line members of Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity, Inc pledging in the Winter of 2012. He has served as the National Executive Director and is now the current standing Supreme President. With Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity, Inc he has volunteered with Habitat Homes for Humanity, ALS Walks, has spoken to students at VCU thanks to Dr. Lisa Griffin and volunteers faithfully with the JPJumpers for Autism with the Spring walks and the Christmas pageant/gifts giveaway. He also helped coordinate “Feed the City” along with the VA members of Tau Kappa Phi, Inc. JL is currently a Deacon serving in his church. His passion is serving in outreach to those that have no address. Through this outreach, he passes out “Bags of Blessings” He is not afraid to reach out to all people. And lastly, JL loves to sing, loves adopting other people’s family members as his own and having fun. Mantra – “My the work I have done, speak for me. I came into this world laughing, I want to leave the same way, laughing and making someone else laugh.”

John Taylor (he/him)  is an active member of the Greater Richmond community where the primary focus of his work has been on racial equity and reconciliation initiatives, as well as facilitated community dialogues and board service.  He is currently serving on the board of the Richmond Peace Education Center, Project Yoga Richmond; and, he is currently on the faculty and board for The Innerwork Center where he teaches and facilitates Mindfulness programs. John has also been a food security activist who initiated urban farming programs in Newark, New Jersey. Currently, John serves as the Associate Director of Side by Side, an organization that provides supportive communities for Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth as well as training, education, and awareness programs for adults. John is a graduate of the College of Wooster and lives in North Chesterfield, VA with his partner, three children, and three small, but mighty, dogs.

Jordin Cotman (she/her) grew up in Charles City, Virginia and now lives in Richmond. She is a mental health counselor, a life coach, and a podcaster. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing my the water, traveling to different cities and countries, listening to podcasts and vlogs, and listening to music, especially Lil’Kim and Beyoncé. 

Dr. Keelee MacPhee, M.D. (she/her) is a highly skilled transgender surgeon and cosmetic plastic surgeon who has been in practice for over a decade. With a focus on breast surgery, genital reconstruction, cosmetic enhancements and general cosmetic surgery, she is passionate about helping her patients become more confident and comfortable with their bodies. Her goal always is to provide clinical excellence, while achieving beautiful, natural results. She performs surgery primarily at Duke Regional Hospital, part of the Duke University Health System. She did her medical studies at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and her residency in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Surgery of the Hand at UNC. She also did a residency in the Division of Plastic Surgery and the Department of General Surgery at the University of Florida. In 2005, Dr. MacPhee returned to North Carolina to open her own practice. She is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 

Kelly Royster (he/him) is a Network & Cyber Operations professional, social justice advocate, educator, and community organizer from Halifax, Virginia. He is a philanthropist and the founder of “Transforming, Empowered, Aspiring, Men,” also known as T.E.A.M. The social support group, T.E.A.M, provides community engagement, emotional support, and social opportunities for men of trans experience throughout Virginia.  Kelly is also a dedicated volunteer and group leader at, Nationz Foundation, the city’s leading non-profit addressing adversities of transgender people of color in Richmond; and has often facilitated for Kaleidoscope, a trans student support group featured at University of Richmond. In his professional life, Kelly is part of the Capital One corporate team, where he enjoys mentoring through the Coders program and doing his part to ensure production operations run smoothly and efficiently. He has  been featured on numerous community panel discussions on equality throughout Richmond and served as a public relations officer for Toastmasters. Kelly enjoys spending time with family, working out, doing his part to build a more inclusive world, and investigating cyber breaches and cloud architectures.

Levi Walter (they/them) is the administrator for VCU’s Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and a member of Side by Side’s Youth Programs and Services committee. They formerly co-facilitated a non-binary and gender questioning support group housed at Nationz Foundation with their partner, Justina Hall. Levi is interested in baking, playing phone games, and discussing gender [performance] from the Black perspective.

Miguel Rivera (he/him) is a practicing attorney who received his Juris Doctorate degree from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University in 1996. He appears regularly before the United States Department of Homeland Security, the United States Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and various federal appellate courts in order to assist immigrants in securing their legal rights. In 2002, Attorney Rivera founded The Law Offices of Miguel Rivera, PLLC, where he represents investors, business owners, families, heterosexual couples, and members of the LGBTQ community who desire to live and work in the United States. 

Nicole Tortoriello (she/her)  joined the ACLU of Virginia as the Secular Society Women’s Rights Advocacy Counsel in 2018. She focuses on advancing gender equity throughout the Commonwealth through litigation and advocacy.

Noah E. Lewis, Esq. (he/him) is director of the Trans Health Project at Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund where his work focuses on eliminating barriers to insurance coverage for trans-related health care. Previously Noah served for five years as TLDEF’s Staff Attorney and worked for three years as the executive director of Transcend Legal, an organization he founded to focus on challenging trans health exclusions. In 2005, Noah was the first openly transgender student to graduate from Harvard Law School, where he worked to eliminate trans health exclusions in student and staff health plans.

Raymond Eck (he/him) is originally from Newport, Rhode Island but has lived most of his life in Manassas, Virginia. He is a local small business owner and graduated in 2019 from George Mason University with a Masters in Education with a focus in Counseling and Development.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games and board games and is proud to be the owner of three dogs. 

Sarah Charbonneau (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice at Pride Inside in Carytown and Discovery Counseling and Consulting in the west end of Richmond, Virginia with over 15 years of clinical experience in the field of adult mental health, sexuality, gender and sexual identity issues. Sarah is a WPATH GEI Certified Gender Specialist with over 9 years of clinical experience providing transgender and gender expansive individuals a safe and supportive space to explore, honor, and pursue their personal truth and identity. Sarah also provides clinical consultation and provider workshops on issues relevant to working with LGBTQ+, transgender and gender expansive individuals in an effort to increase awareness, enhance clinical knowledge, and improve access to inclusive, affirmative care in Virginia. Sarah is a certified member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), the Transgender Healthcare Alliance of Central Virginia, and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.

Sarah Hustead (they/them) is a community activist and non-profit professional who has been on the Board of Directors of the Transgender Assistance Program of VA since July 2018. They currently serve as Director of Development and work on grants, fundraisers, and community partnerships. Sarah holds a B.S. in Political Science from Old Dominion University and is passionate about LGBTQIA+ equality, youth development, and harm reduction. In addition to their work at TAP VA, Sarah works for a local youth non-profit in Hampton Roads doing community engagement & volunteer management work.

Shannon McKay (she/her) is President and co-founder of He She Ze and We, a support organization serving families with transgender and nonbinary loved ones of all ages since 2012.  Shannon is an ally, advocate, parent, educator, and speaker with a decade of experience working directly with families throughout Virginia.  Shannon was recognized by Equality Virginia as a 2016 Outstanding Virginian and Side by Side named He She Ze and We a 2019 Catalyst Award Winner.  For more information about HSZW, check out their website:  heshezewe.org and if you are interested in support and resources email: [email protected]

Tarena D. Williams (she/her), 35, is a trans woman of color from Norfolk, Virginia. She has overcome a lot of obstacles in the past few years including almost losing her life due to an act of violence. She is now an advocate for the transgender community speaking out for those of us who do not have a voice. Tarena felt there was a need for a transgender resource center in the state of Virginia which she established in July 2018.

Ted Heck (any pronouns) has a B.A. in Psychology from The American University and an M.S. in Criminal Justice from California State University at Sacramento, where he wrote his thesis on prevention services and services for victims of hate crimes against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.  He works at the Virginia Department of Health in the Division of Disease Prevention, for which he serves as the Transgender Health Services Coordinator.   He has been facilitating groups of one kind or another since the mid ‘80s, and often facilitates the Richmond Transformers FTM support group as a peer member.  Ted is a member of Richmond Friends Meeting where he is active with local and regional Quaker organizations, and he lives with his partner and two cats in the Blackwell neighborhood of Richmond.

Tierra Ragland (she/her) serves as the Deputy Director of the Virginia Civic Engagement Table (VCET). She manages the programmatic work of VCET and leads their leadership development program: the Virginia Progressive Leadership Project. 

Zakia (Jemaceye’) McKensey (she/her) is a native of Richmond, VA who has worked tirelessly to advocate for the transgender community and those affected or effected by HIV/AIDS. Zakia started her career in HIV prevention in 2001 with Fan Free Clinic, now Health Brigade, where she was the MSM coordinator and helped pioneer their transgender clinic. She later served as the first transgender woman of color to work for the Richmond City health District, and as the Transgender Community Advocate at the Virginia Anti-Violence Project. Zakia is the Executive Director and Founder of Nationz Foundation. Nationz Foundation is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization founded in October of 2015. Nationz provides free HIV testing at their office and via 2 mobile units. They also offer linkage to care services and a food pantry to assist those clients in need or who are experiencing hardships in life, including emergency housing assistance as well as transportation for support services. She is also the C.E.O. of Nationz Pageantry System, a pageantry system for male entertainers and female impersonators to showcase their talents as well as erase stigma related to HIV and promote healthier lifestyle changes through entertainment and fashion. 

TIES Resources

TIES 2020 Wellness Center 

Thursday, October 15, 3:00-7:00pm
Friday, October 16, 3:00-5:00pm
Saturday, October 17, 1:00-3:00pm

The Wellness Center offers free, virtual, non-diagnostic, one-on-one conversations between TIES participants and trans-friendly healthcare providers in the medical and mental health fields who have training and experience providing trans-affirming care. This is a great opportunity to ask questions, identify resources, and discuss general next steps to getting your healthcare needs met. Services are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis by appointment. You can sign up for an appointment here by Tuesday, October 13: bit.ly/TIES2020WellnessAppointment.

TIES 2020 Legal Clinic

The Legal Clinic consists of trained attorneys meeting one-on-one with TIES participants by appointment to provide free assistance with the name and gender marker change process, including: obtaining court orders, updating driver’s licenses, passports, birth certificates, and other identity documents and public records. Registration for appointments will be live soon and can be made up until Saturday, October 17 when the conference ends. Appointments with an attorney will occur virtually in the weeks following TIES. 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. Click here to make an appointment today in English or click here to make an appointment in Spanish

Side by Side Youth Support Groups

Please note that these meetings are not officially part of the TIES conference, but it is important that trans and non-binary youth in Virginia to know about spaces and resources for them. Please note that registration is required for these meetings (click on the links below) and parent permission is needed for youth under 14.

LGBTQ+ Youth 11-14 (Middle School): Wednesday 6:00-7:30pm

Transgender Youth 14-20: Thursday 6:30-8:30pm

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