Virginia TIES
October 21, 2017

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

On Saturday, October 21st, over 400 transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) individuals and allies from across the state, and beyond, gathered in Richmond for our fourth annual Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit (TIES). It was an incredible day, not just for members of the trans community, but also for family members, partners, friends, and allies. It was a day full of encouragement, enrichment, and celebration. A complete list of the day’s programs and speakers is available here.

We are grateful to everyone who attended TIES this year—especially those who traveled quite a distance to spend the day with us. In addition, we’d like to send a big shout-out to all of the volunteers, presenters, providers, and advocates who donated their time and energy to make TIES possible. We’d also like to thank our presenting sponsor, Capital One, for their financial support that helps keep TIES free for attendees.

One of the best parts of TIES was the shared sense of community. We heard from many attendees about how uplifting it was to simply spend the day with other trans and GNC individuals. This opportunity, along with the resources described below, made TIES 2017 another great success!

We partnered with Planned Parenthood, Health Brigade, and the Transgender Health Alliance of Central Virginia to provide TIES participants free consultations with trans-affirming mental health and medical providers. Dozens of attendees made one-on-one appointments to ask specific questions and get connected to important resources.

Our friends at the Virginia Equality Bar Association and the University of Richmond School of Law joined us again this year to run the Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic. Nearly 30 individuals met with legal professionals to navigate the sometimes-tricky steps to obtaining court orders, updating driver’s licenses, passports, birth certificates, and other identity documents and public records.

The Healing Space was lovingly planned, developed, and brought to life for the first time this year by local advocates. They offered various activities in a safe, welcoming environment that promoted creativity and emotional wellness.  Attendees were able to take a break from the day to reflect, relax, and connect in more depth. Also available for the first time this year was free, rapid HIV-testing, made possible by our friends at Nationz Foundation.

Many people were eager to continue the conversations sparked by experiences from TIES, which is why we arranged for a post-conference social hour. Getting together at Postbellum, a local restaurant just blocks from the TIES venue, gave us a chance to enjoy a drink and chat with friends, both old and new. It was a fun way to toast to the day’s success and to celebrate the many people who made TIES possible.

TIES is a community effort, and we are grateful to all of the volunteers, providers, presenters, sponsors, and Community Voices who made this such a special event.

Take a look at past year’s Transgender Information and Empowerment Summits!

Thank you to the sponsors and community voices of TIES 2017!

Thank you to the organizations sponsoring the 2017 Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit. This support is essential in making TIES possible and leads directly to the success of the event. Please show your support in any way you can to the organizations listed below. Click here to learn about becoming a Community Voice. Email us at [email protected] for information about sponsorship or with any other questions.

Presenting Sponsor


Location Sponsor

Collaborative Partners



Community Voices


He She Ze and We


Transgender Veterans
Support Group



See you at TIES 2017!