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As an organization by trans people, for trans people, we are horrified at the brutality of Black and brown lives that has occurred for hundreds of years and still happens to this day.
It is important for us to reiterate Black Lives Matter, over and over again, but proclaiming the statement, "Black lives matter" is the absolute bare minimum of standing up for others. George Floyd (46) was more than just a life. Breonna Taylor (26) was more than just a life. Lamia Beard (30) was more than just a life. Tony McDade (38) was more than just a life. The list goes on and on. Each of these people had passion, hopes, dreams, creativity, futures to look forward to, and voices that were silenced well before their time. We also want to name Isaiah Swift (23), who was shot by police in Norfolk on May 2nd and spent weeks in the hospital fighting for his life. He is more than just a life or a name or a hashtag.
Black people, queer Black people, Black trans people, are all worthy, valued, and loved, so much more than just "matter"-ing. They are whole and beautiful people who need and deserve to have their voices uplifted, their passions encouraged, and their dreams and futures supported. We cannot simply stand idly by. The Black community suffers at the hands of systemic racism and inequality, and Black trans women face misogyny and transphobia on top of that. Most of our requests for help come from Black trans women and we see the disproportionate amount of suffering that they experience, time and time again.
Black lives matter. Black lives have inherent value and worth. Black lives demand to be seen and heard. We see you, we love you, we support you, we stand behind you.
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.
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.
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 Transactivistva@gmail.com
We are thrilled to announce that Equality Virginia's 7th Annual Virginia Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit (TIES) will take place from Wednesday, October 14 through Saturday, October 17. This year, the conference will be fully digital to ensure the health and safety of our whole Virginia community. Here’s what you need to know about TIES 2020 – www.EqualityVirginia.org/TIES
Who: You’re invited! TIES is designed to meet the interests and needs of transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming youth and adults as well as partners, family members, service providers, and allies. All are welcome.
What: TIES is a free conference offering workshops, trans-affirming mental health and medical consultations, a name and gender marker change clinic, and opportunities to connect and build community!
When: Wednesday, October 14 to Saturday, October 17, 2020
Now in a digital format, there are new and exciting ways for people from around Virginia to connect, without the need to travel to Richmond.
How: The event is free, and registration is required. Click here to register: https://bit.ly/2020TIES
We are able to keep TIES free for Virginia's transgender and non-binary community thanks to support from our generous donors. Please consider giving to keep this vital conference up and running: https://equalityvirginia.salsalabs.org/keeptiesfree/
Please join us for an annual celebration of transgender lives.
We will be remembering those who were senselessly murdered and honoring those trans people who are attempting to live positive lives despite obstacles.
Through speakers, music, and community-- we will join together to celebrate and remember our friends and family, as well as learn how to be better advocates and allies for trans people, especially trans people of color who face violence and discrimination at disproportionate rates.
Everyone is welcome to join us in this ceremony honoring trans lives.
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.
Face coverings are required.
Please contact Transactivistva@gmail.com for details
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 Transactivistva@gmail.com for more details.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
Upcoming and recurring events and meetings - Please check to see if the in person event is canceled before hand