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A Community United to End Transgender Homelessness #Transendhomelessness

A Community United to End Transgender Homelessness #Transendhomelessness

A Community United to End Transgender Homelessness #Transendhomelessness A Community United to End Transgender Homelessness #Transendhomelessness

About Us


Mission Statement

The Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia - TAP VA is an all volunteer, trans led  501(c)(3) non-profit  organization created to end homelessness within the transgender community in Virginia. TAPVA provides educational opportunities around the important fact that trans rights are human rights by explaining the intersectionality between homelessness, discrimination, socioeconomic status and racism within the trans community in Virginia. 

Our goal is to offer safe emergency and temporary transitional housing to homeless transgender adults in Virginia, and to help them find the additional resources they need to remove the barriers to self-sufficiency while we continue to provide education surrounding the issues trans people face on a daily basis. 

Our program is unique because it is run by the transgender community for the transgender community.


Vision Statement

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.


Nondiscrimination Policy

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 Programs

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. 

TAPVA provides educational training to organizations and agencies who want to become more inclusive and knowledgeable around the issues facing the transgender community in Virginia. If you are interested, please contact us at

  • 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!
  • We are always looking for folks who are interested in becoming a home host. We have a working model in Norfolk, VA and will provide you with the insights needed to welcome homeless trans folks into your home. Please click here to learn more about our home host program.


2020 Transgender Day of visibility

Visibility Now

 "Visibility Now!" - Transgender Day of Visibility 2020 - Tuesday March 31, 2020

We would like to extend an invitation to the entire transgender community to to help us celebrate TDOV on March 31st - the event might not be happening as planned due to COVID-19 social distancing, but we can celebrate our community no matter where we may be!

If you would like to participate, please comment here or email us at by March 30th to submit a short video, image, or text file with the answer to one (or more!) of the following prompts, or come up with your own:

1. What does "visibility" (or Trans Day of Visibility) mean to you?
2. What is something about trans identity that you think everyone should be educated on?
3. What would you share with your younger self (or any closeted trans person) to support and encourage them?
4. How has coming out impacted your life?
5. What would you like to see improve for the trans community in 2020?
6. What are some goals you have set for yourself this year?
7. What is your favorite form of self-expression? (Feel free to share an example and plug your art/music/poetry/website/etc here so we can promote it!)
8. What have you learned about yourself since coming out?
9. What will you celebrate about yourself in 2020?

These responses will be compiled and shared throughout the day of March 31 on our social media platforms. We welcome submissions from anyone who identifies as transgender, not just our TDOV artists and performers, so please invite your friends!


Community Partners

We're honored to work alongside so many wonderful organizations to make TDOV 2020 fun and accessible!

Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia - TAP VA
Equality Virginia
Stonewall Sports - Norfolk
LGBT Life Center
New Life Metropolitan Community Church of Hampton Roads, VA
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Virginia Chapter
ODU Safe Space Committee
ODU Gay Cultural Studies
ODU Sexuality and Gender Alliance
Anthem Pride
Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity
Hampton Roads Pride
Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists
Planned Parenthood
EVMS HOPES Pride Free Clinic
Virginia Wesleyan Spectrum Alliance

Transgender Clothes Closet - TEMPORARILY closed

You are invited to choose from a huge collection of free clothing collected just for you!!

Many trans, gender non conforming and non binary people do not have and cannot afford clothing that matches their gender identity  so here is your chance to shop free until you drop.

Clothing, accessories, shoes, and  health & beauty products are available.

Currently, we are not accepting donations because of the incredible outpouring from the community.

Please contact for details


Gender Expression Movement - Eastern Shore


You are not alone!

 The Gender Expression Movement Eastern Shore (GEM -ES) provides advocacy, resources and education about gender identity issues and social support to the Transgender, Non-conforming Non-binary and Gender Questioning members on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, which is a rural  and isolated area with very limited trans specific resources. 

GEM - ES is based upon the success of the oldest trans social support group in Hampton Roads, Virginia - Gender Expression Movement - HR.

GEM Eastern Shore is made possible through the efforts of the Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia - TAP VA. Our goal is to help the trans community on the Eastern Shore of Virginia find the additional resources they need to remove the barriers to self-sufficiency and learn to live an authentic life while we continue to provide education surrounding the issues trans people face on a daily basis.  

We welcome all trans people who live on the Eastern Shore whether in Virginia or Southern Maryland to join us in community. 

The next meeting is Sunday, July 14. 

Please join us on Facebook for more information and join our beloved community of transfantastical people! 

You can also contact us at for more details.



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Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia

Virginia, United States

(757) 563-4784

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