The Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit (TIES) this weekend in Richmond is one of the only of its kind. Sponsored and produced by Equality Virginia, the statewide summit addresses the interests and needs of transgender individuals, partners, parents, youth, and allies.
The day-long event takes place this Saturday at the VCU Commons in Richmond with programming designed for service providers, transgender adults and youth, parents and caregivers, and partners and spouses.
Participants can choose from a wide variety of workshop topics such as legal challenges facing an aging trans population, the long term consequences of bullying and violence, unique needs of the trans people of color community, housing and homelessness, story sharing, and support workshops trans allies and families.
“Conferences like this are so important for lots of different reasons. Many people need access to resources that are provided here, and some people who want to get more involved in activism can connect with others who want to do the same,”said Mara Keisling, Executive Director at the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) said.
“Most importantly, this is a community building tool and is a way to be there for each other and to be here with each other.”
Equality Virginia reports that as of today there are 450 pre-registered attendees from across the Commonwealth.
WANT TO GO TO 2016 TIES?
When: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 9 am until 5 pm
Where: VCU Student Commons, 907 Floyd Ave., Richmond, VA 23284
Registration: The Summit is free of charge, but preregistration is required.
More details at EqualityVirginia.org