Equality Virginia will host the sixth annual Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit (TIES) on Saturday, October 19 at the University of Richmond.
The event has become one of EV’s most most popular. Last year, more than 250 individuals identifying as trans or gender diverse who participated in the day’s programs alongside over 100 allies.
A 2016 Williams Institute survey revealed that Virginian ranked 24th in the nation with nearly 35,000 people identify as transgender. TIES provides free resources to the transgender community from legal assistance to health consultations.
The event is comprised of 40 workshops covering topics such as parenting, gender markers, employment, and wellness. Transgender individuals can also obtain free legal assistance to change their name and gender marker on identity documents.
“This conference is built upon a foundation of unity. No matter your gender identity, you are welcome,” said Vee Lamneck, Deputy Director of Equality Virginia. “There is something for everyone at TIES, and we hope that whether you are trans yourself, or you know someone who is, you will find support, connections, and community with us at TIES.”
EV also produces TIES pop up events during the year in selected Virginia cities.
The conference is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.