TEA of Utah

Transgender Education Advocates Of Utah

Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah
in conjunction with Equality Utah and the Utah Pride Center
is happy to present the Second Annual


 Thursday, April 3, 2014 

Salt Lake County Government Building
North Building
Main Floor Atrium
Salt Lake City

 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Featuring Diversity-Oriented Companies looking for employees
just like you!

Join us for the 2nd Annual LGBTQ Job Fair! Many GREAT businesses will be there.  Spruce up your resume, come by on your lunch hour or in between classes.

SHARE THIS EVENT with your friends. EVERYONE is welcome to apply for jobs with Open and Diverse employers!


Open to the Public – Free Event

It’s time for a NEW CAREER!

Transgender Education Advocates – TEA of Utah is happy to announce the SPRING INTO YOUR CAREER LGBTQ Job Fair on Thursday, April 3, 2014. We are securing the venue, and the employers are getting ready for the incredible wealth of applicants.

DO YOU have an LGBTQ affirming employer who would like to participate? Have them email us at Connie@teaofutah.org.

Get Ready to Work for an Employer who Values YOU!

(While this job fair is geared toward LGBTQ affirming employers, you do not need to be LGBTQ to attend – it is open to all! Feel free to share with your friends, family and Facebook network!)

Our own Dayne Law was featured on KRCL as a person of reinvention. Great spot, Dayne!

Most people have some experience with reinvention.  Many people have left their religion of birth or jumped into new careers. But how do you navigate the reinvention of your gender? Dayne Law works with Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah.  He shares his own intimate journey of self-discovery, which included detachment from the labels, boxes and categories assigned to him at birth.  Contact Dayne at: Dayne@teaofutah.org


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TEA of Utah is excited to announce… we are GROWING! TEA is accepting applications for staff and Board positions.

Deadline for applicants is February 28, 2014.


Thank you, Jonathan at Reelboy Productions, for this gorgeous tribute to Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013.

If you have never been to TDOR, this video is meant for you to understand part of the work TEA of Utah does – education and advocacy for the trans* community.

Please watch.

 TDOR 2013



Magdalene “Dalene” Bavelas

Our Board Vice President Alex Miller recently lost his dear mother Magdalene “Dalene” Bavelas to complications of COPD. Our hearts are heavy as we mourn with him at this time of profound loss.

In tribute of her life of giving, the family has requested donations in lieu of flowers for TEA of Utah. We are humbled at this incredible gesture and intend to honor her memory with the work we do.

Feel free to use the link below to complete an honorarium for Dalene with our deepest gratitude and acknowledgement of a life well lived in service of others.

May Her Memory Be Eternal.


PayPal email address: teaofutah@gmail.com

Messenger Training for the Trans* Community
Equality Utah
175 West 200 South, Suite 3001
December 21, 2013
12-3 pm

Equality Utah, Transgender Education Advocates of Utah and the Utah Pride Center are honored to bring this amazing opportunity to the trans* community and supporters of the trans* community.

As you have probably seen, or at least heard by now, the opposition of our bill to protect all LGBT people from discrimination in employment and housing has started their fear based attack campaign against us and it is getting nasty. The way they have chosen to do this is to attack trans* people here in Utah by trying to start bathroom panic.

The only way to combat that fear is by showing Utah that they have nothing to fear and that transgender people are people. We can do this by introducing trans* people to Utah in a safe and effective way.

We have an opportunity right now to empower the trans* community as they have never been empowered before by doing a Messenger Training with trans*people and their loved ones. We can educate and highlight the real life implications of being trans* in Utah through real stories. This is a rare opportunity to change hearts and minds and we feel like we need to get going on this ASAP.

We need to provide real human stories to Utah before our opposition frames our community in a false and demeaning way. If you or someone you know who is trans* has experienced workplace or housing discrimination, we want to hear about it. Please join us for Messenger Training on Saturday, December 21 at 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm at the Equality Utah offices. Please RSVP if you can attend, as Equality Utah will be providing lunch to participants. 

See you there!

TEA of Utah is honored to announce that we have received an official proclaimation from Salt Lake City Mayor Becker, marking November 20, 2013 as International Transgender Day of Remembrance in Salt Lake City. Below is the wording of the proclamation. It will be on display at TDOR on Wednesday.



WHEREAS, a central tenant of United States law is the principle of non-discrimination and equal protection under the law as human rights; and

WHEREAS, members of the transgender community face historical and ongoing discrimination based on their gender identity, causing untallied human tragedy, loss of life, psychological damage, and abuse; and

WHEREAS, transphobic violence is seen in all ages, in all walks of life, in all countries, in all communities, and effects not only the trans* community, but those who are perceived to be trans*, especially impoverished women of color; and

WHEREAS, the numbers impacted by trans* violence and medical neglect are estimated to be in the hundreds each year, but because of false and under-reporting of gender identity statistics, we may never know exactly the number of lives lost as a result of hatred, bigotry and transphobia; and

WHEREAS, internationally, trans* rights organizations have marked November 20 each year as International Transgender Day of Remembrance (ITDOR) to remember those who have lost their lives to violence and medical neglect all due to their gender identity or perceived gender identity; and

WHEREAS, members of the non-profit organization Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah have sponsored ITDOR in Utah since 2003,  and encouraged the community to support trans* citizens by attending the candlelight vigil, memorial and program; and

WHEREAS, ITDOR is marking it’s 15th anniversary globally; and

WHEREAS, ITDOR is marking it’s 10th anniversary in Utah.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah do proclaim November 20, 2013 as


and encourage residents of Salt Lake City to support the trans* inclusive events of November.

Dated 8 of November, 2013

Ralph Becker



TEA of Utah is thrilled to welcome Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank as our Keynote Speaker for International Transgender Day of Remembrance. Chief Burbank has proven to be a leader of integrity, honor, and respectful to all of his citizens. We couldn’t be happier that Salt Lake City Police Department holds a commitment to human dignity and to help stop the violence the trans* community faces each and every day.

Please join us.



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