On June 12th, 2016 the lives of 49 souls were cut short in The Pulse Nightclub of Orlando, Florida from a deadly shooting. In memory of those 49 lives, and in an act of defiance to the fear and terror our community felt that night; queer members of the Hampton Roads community and their allies will march the streets to demand visibility and recognition of our pain and suffering, and ask the entire Hampton Roads Community to grieve and create a space for all of us to feel welcomed, heard, and seen.
March Route is still To Be Determined and will be announced as soon as possible. We will be meeting at Granby Street and Tazwell Street, Norfolk.
A half a mile march will begin at 7:30PM, replicating the distance from The Pulse nightclub to Orlando Health. We will be led in a reading of the names, as well as hear words of power from Queer youth who have been affected the most, and what they seek from our community to improve the climate for Queer People and Queer People of Color. After this we will release flowers into the Elizabeth River, not as a sign of forgetting the past, but of letting go of the dark feelings we felt that night and committing to a better and more beautiful future for our whole community.
Virginia is a big state, and we know it’s not always convenient for folks to join us in Richmond for our annual TIES conference each fall. That’s why EV is taking TIES (Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit) on the road this summer and introducing our statewide TIES Pop-ups! And we're coming to Norfolk!
TIES Pop-ups will provide the best of what TIES has to offer, including ...
... trans-affirming mental health and medical consultations
... a name and gender marker change clinic
... employment readiness resources
... how-to-tell-your-story advocacy workshops
... tabling and community building opportunities.
This event is free, but registration is required. Please click here to reserve your spot: http://bit.ly/PopupNorfolk
Special thanks to the Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia – who is working by and for trans people in the Hampton Roads community and throughout Virginia. They are doing important and life-saving work every single day, and without them, TIES Pop-Up: Norfolk would not be possible.
The Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to end homelessness within the local transgender community in Virginia. Our goal is to offer safe emergency and temporary transitional housing to homeless transgender adults in our community, and to help them find the additional resources they need to remove the barriers to self-sufficiency.
Our program is unique because it is run by the transgender community for the transgender community.
Our vision is to see the transgender community, and their allies, unite together to help transgender and gender non-conforming members of our community receive the resources they need to recover from hardship, free from discrimination, harassment, or violence due to their gender identity or gender expression.
The Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia follows an equal opportunity employment policy and employs personnel without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.
Our Emergency Assistance Program is board-led and comprised of a network of compassionate volunteers who are carefully selected and trained to help homeless transgender adults from all walks of life who suddenly find themselves without a home.
With your assistance, we help provide our clients with transportation to temporary housing, appointments, and workplaces, while we put them in touch with local services to help them get the resources they need to get back on their feet. Join our community and make a difference!
Additionally, we’re accepting donations from private businesses and individuals for a program that provides food to current clients, those in need at the Gender Expression Movement (GEM) local support group, and the pantries at Access AIDS which helps adults, families, youth and children impacted by HIV/AIDS. Consider making a donation today.
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