TEA Welcomes UtahTransMed and Trans*Utah

TEA of Utah is happy to announce the merging of the Trans*Utah and UtahTransMed websites into one easy to reach location! Simply navigate to www.teaofutah.org, look for Transition Resources, and you will be connected to lists of professionals who have been known to be trans* friendly: Medical Providers, Mental Health, Surgeons, Social groups, Health & Beauty and Legal services.

If you have any suggestions for the list, feel free to email connie@teaofutah.org. These lists and information will be constantly updated with feedback from the community.

We thank Joni Weiss for her invaluable service to the trans* community in maintaining these webpages and information over the past few years. This service has become vital to the community and her contribution has been remarkable.

Isn’t It Romantic?

Get your tickets now for TEA of Utah’s Dinner Dance! Limited seating available – get your tickets in advance. Limited tickets available at the door for $35.

Love Bags for Homeless LGBTQ Youth

TEA of Utah is so proud to have assisted the Sacred Light of Christ Church and Utah Pride Center in providing homeless LGBTQ youth with 38 Love Bags (backpacks) filled with items to help make them a little more comfortable in a harsh situation.

Each backpack contains (with a few substitutions) a washcloth, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, hair tie, razor, qtips, cottonballs, band aids, feminine hygeine for the ladies, shampoo, conditioner, body wash/soap, deodorant, lipbalm, cough drops, hard candy, granola bars, cheese crack…ers, gloves, a beanie, scarf, hand warmers and socks. A few lucky bags got a small blanket or an umbrella, too! Plus, we had extras, so were making them available so the youth can pick up extra items they want.

Whether or not these kids are couch surfing or on the streets, they need to know that there are people who love them and wish them the best. Thank you to everyone for their donations of items and funds to help make this possible!

New Shirts Available!

We have partnered with TeeSpring to bring you our new store! Head on over to TEA of Utah’s Store to see the new designs and order a few for yourselves!


Giving Tuesday

We provide education to the general public, law enforcement, governmental bodies and employers about the transgender community.

School, businesses and employers are the first line of education for TEA of Utah. Safe schools and work environments are paramount to a healthy life for transgender individuals.

TEA of Utah provides services free of charge – supported by donations from the public. We need those services to be free for those who could not otherwise afford them so the message of inclusion isn’t hampered by money.

That’s where you come in. Any level of help is more than welcome, as it all provides the foundation of education in Utah.

Click below and help us meet our goal!

Online fundraising for #GivingTuesday

TEA of Utah to collaborate with DigniTEA for Utah’s Homeless Youth

DigniTEA Foundation and TEA of Utah have combined forces to help the homeless youth in Salt Lake and Ogden. You can sponsor a homeless youth “Love Bag” for only $48.00. Your donation is tax deductible and creates comfort for those youth who are living on the streets or who have limited housing, moving from couch to couch.

These bags will be distributed at the Utah Pride Center during their Saturday “Come in from the Cold” breakfasts for homeless youth as well as through Ogden LGBTQ organizations. This is the second year TEA of Utah has distributed Love Bags, and they really make a difference to a youth without a permanent home.

Simply Click the PayPal link below to get started!


TEA of Utah to Honor Transgender Day of Remembrance at the Capitol

Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah will be commemorating the 16th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance with a silent vigil in the Utah State Capitol Rotunda on November 20, 2014. The vigil and bell ringing, marking each of the names of the transgender individuals who have lost their lives to violence, neglect and suicide, will begin at 12:00 noon. 

“It’s important to bring this event to the very people whose power can evoke change,” said TEA of Utah Executive Director Connie Anast-Inman. “This is a time where, in silence, we come to honor their lives and bring the issue of transgender violence to the people of Utah. As a state, we must publicly condemn the violence and work toward better and deeper understanding of transgender issues in Utah.”

While Utah has lost at least one transgender resident to suicide, the numbers of transgender assaults have risen to over 25. “It’s impossible to know the true numbers,” remarks Anast-Inman. “So many of our trans* brothers and sisters don’t report their assaults. Many of them are undocumented, or sex workers, or have a real distrust of the police. Sometimes, it’s a combination of all three of these circumstances. Sadly, a significant number of the assaults simply aren’t counted. We strive to give a voice to those who feel voiceless.”www.tdor.info

Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20, 2014


For over a decade, Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah has been honored to be the flagship organization dedicated to education and awareness of the transgender experience in Utah. Part of this great responsibility has been our hosting of Transgender Day of Remembrance in Utah. We have enjoyed many a poignant and thought provoking program, remembering those we have lost to violence, medical neglect and suicide, simply for being transgender. We h…ave been pleased to see attendance grow from 25 to over 300, as awareness of TDOR and the meaning of the event is shared in our community.

This year, a group of incredible transgender individuals and allies has stepped forward with the desire to host a community-based TDOR. As with the first TDOR, which remembered Rita Hester, a transwoman who was murdered in Massachusetts in 1998, and whose murder remains unsolved, it is important to empower the transgender voices in our state. TEA of Utah’s mission and vision are dedicated to advocacy and bringing forth the stories and the lived experiences of the transgender here in Utah.

TDOR For the People will be hosting a TDOR event on November 20, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Salt Lake City. TEA of Utah is happy to support their event and will not be hosting a TDOR event in order to bring the entire transgender and ally community under one roof. Being together to acknowledge the loss in our community is imperative in our current culture of transgender shaming, inequality and violence. We should unite as one on the most important day of the year. TEA of Utah is happy to provide fiscal sponsorship to TDOR For the People in order to realize their vision of a community based TDOR.

We look forward to attending TDOR at First Baptist Church and honoring our dead, our survivors, and joining with the transgender community in a day of solemn reflection and call to change.

Connie Anast-Inman
Executive Director
TEA of Utah


Breakfast with Laverne Cox – SOLD OUT

Thanks to such a tremendous response, we are thrilled to announce our fundraiser with Laverne Cox is SOLD OUT!

If you would like to be placed on a waiting list please email Connie@TEAofUtah.org.


Breakfast with Laverne Cox

TEA of Utah, in conjunction with our generous sponsor, Equality Utah, is excited to announce an amazing event for the community:

Breakfast with Laverne Cox

Hotel Monaco
Saturday, September 27, 2014
7:45 am – 9:00 am


 Tickets:    $40 per person*
$60 per couple

This intimate event will sell out fast – purchase your tickets today!

*a limited number of low and no-cost tickets are available. Please email Connie@TEAofUtah.org for consideration.

Laverne Cox is a critically acclaimed actress who currently appears in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, playing the groundbreaking role of “Sophia Burset,” an incarcerated African American transgender woman. Laverne is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. Time Magazine named Sophia Burset the 4th most influential fictional character of 2013.