Virginia TIES
Saturday, October 19, 2019


University of Richmond
102 UR Drive
Richmond, VA 23173



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TIES 2019 Program

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Every October, transgender and gender diverse folks are joined by friends, family, and allies for TIES (Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit). Last year, we welcomed more than 250 individuals identifying as transgender or gender diverse who participated in the day’s programs alongside over 100 allies. Register now to reserve your spot!

The most important aspect of the TIES is community. To us, community means trust, solidarity, and a shared respect for people who are trans and gender diverse. The summit is an opportunity to build that community – to learn from and with each other in a safe, welcoming, and empowering space. TIES offers information that is designed to meet the interests and needs of transgender and gender diverse individuals, partners, parents, youth, and allies to strengthen the trans community across Virginia!

TIES Has A Lot to Offer

We are proud to offer roughly 40 workshops that cover topics from vocal training to transition support to racial justice. Attendees can also receive free legal support at the Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic. At the Wellness Center, attendees can schedule a free medical or mental health consultation with a trans-friendly service provider to address any questions and find resources. For the first time ever, TIES will also have a Clothes Closet where attendees can find free gender-affirming clothing. Donations of gently-used clothing will also be accepted the day of the conference.

TIES will once again host a Youth Corner, which includes an adolescent chill space (ages 11-17) run by Side by Side as well as a young adult hangout space run by University of Richmond students. This year, TIES will also have a POC lounge space. Finally, over 40 different community organizations from around the Commonwealth come together to connect with you, provide local resources, and offer their services.

Learn More about TIES

Watch these videos to hear from trans Virginians and allies about why they attended TIES in 2017 and TIES in 2018.

“It’s just become this tradition that I attend every year because it’s a fantastic way to get resources that help me in my transition whether it be through legal advice or just general information about different ways people transition.”

“I’ve never had so much access to trans resources in my life.”

“It seems to get better each year, and it is a valuable opportunity for community members to learn, get more connected, and grow.”

“I had a lot of fun and learned a lot of valuable information from the panels.”

“I was very much impressed by the magnitude of VA TIES this year. It was so wonderful being surrounded by so many trans people. The choices of workshops were awesome.”

Special Thanks

TIES will be in a new location this year, and we are very grateful to the University of Richmond for hosting us. Special thanks to University of Richmond LGBTQ Campus Life, UR LGBTQ+ Coalition, and UR Shades of Pride for their partnership.

Thank you to the sponsors, partners, and community voices of TIES 2019!

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.

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Legal Clinic Partners

Thanks to the Virginia Equality Bar Association (VEBA) and BaryLaw, trans-friendly attorneys and law students provide TIES attendees with free assistance on the name and gender marker change process. To sign up for an appointment at the legal clinic, click here for the registration page in English, or click here for the registration page in Spanish (en español).

Community Voices

NOTE: Any sign-ups after October 2 will not be able to reserve table space at TIES due to the high number of requests. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your dedication to TIES.

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 in the program!  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, and we’ll reserve space for you to drop off literature about your congregation at our designated Community Faith Voices table. Click here to complete the form.