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 temporary emergency housing in our host homes, 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!
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.
5th Annual Virginia T.I.E.S.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018
J. SARGEANT REYNOLDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
PARHAM ROAD CAMPUS
1651 E. PARHAM ROAD
RICHMOND, VA 23228
Every October, transgender and gender nonconforming folks are joined by friends, family, and allies for TIES. At the 2017 TIES conference, we welcomed more than 250 individuals identifying as trans or gender nonconforming who participated in day’s programs alongside over 100 allies.
The most important aspect of the Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit (TIES) is community. To us, community means trust, solidarity, and a shared respect for people who are transgender and gender diverse. The summit is an opportunity to build that community – to learn from and with each other in an intentional and empowering space. TIES offers information that is designed to meet the interests and needs of transgender individuals, partners, parents, youth, and allies to strengthen the transgender community across Virginia!
TAPVA is proud to be a community voice for this important event.
There has been concern recently about transgender folks having trouble at the voting polls due to Voter ID laws. We all know that identity documents (drivers’ license, birth certificates, etc.) can be a problem area for transgender folks. However, there is no valid reason that a poll worker can deny you from voting based on any discrepancy between the gender marker or gender presentation on your photo ID and your gender identity or current gender presentation.
More than ever, we need transgender voices to be heard in the voting booths! First, the deadline to register to vote is Monday, October 15, so don’t wait! You can register to vote online here. Second, the upcoming election is on Tuesday, November 6thfrom 6:00am-7:00pm. You can find your polling place, double check if you are registered, and request an absentee ballot through this portal.
In Virginia, you must present a photo ID to vote in person. You can find a list of acceptable photo IDs here. If you don’t have valid photo IDs, you can get a free voter photo ID by filling out this form in person at your local General Registrar’s office. This free voter photo ID does not have a gender marker.
Once again, you cannot be denied a ballot because of gender discrepancieson a photo ID. Please report if you have any problems exercising your right to vote because you are transgender or gender diverse, or because your gender presentation does not match your gender marker on your photo ID. You can call the National Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683). We also encourage you to share your story through Equality Virginia’sTell It page.
The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) has a great#VotingWhileTrans info sheet(in Spanish and English) that includes how to vote, what to do if you experience issues with voting due to your photo ID and gender marker, and what to tell poll workers if they give you trouble.
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