Anast-Inman Steps Down, Metzler Steps Up

On June 15, 2015, Connie Anast-Inman, Executive Director, stepped down from her position after 4 years of dedicated service. In a unanimous vote, Candice Metzler, Board President, was voted as the new Executive Director for TEA. Alex Miller will take over as Board President.

Spring has Sprung – New Board Members needed!

TEA of Utah has expanded and is in need of dedicated, enthusiastic Board Members to fill vacancy spots coming up in 2015. We are looking for fresh faces and voices, people who are trans and cis, all across the orientation spectrum, and diversity is key!

What do YOU bring to the table? What is YOUR vision for TEA? We want to hear from YOU!

Follow the link below and WOW us with your style, excitement and everything you are.

We are ready to move forward into a new TEA – will you come with us?

Deadline for applications is May 31, 2015. Please email your application to Candice@TEAofUtah.org.

Board Application 2015

PRESS RELEASE: TEA supports SB269

CONTACT:
Connie Anast-Inman
Executive Director, TEA of Utah
connie@teaofutah.org
801-604-0341

Candice Metzler
Board President, TEA of Utah
candice@teaofutah.org
801-554-4943

03-08-2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TEA OF UTAH STANDS IN SUPPORT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION LEGISLATION IN UTAH

Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah has long been a proponent of fairness and equality in housing and employment for all Utahns. With the introduction of SB269, protections in housing and employment for the LGBTQ community of Utah is closer to becoming a reality.

Employment and housing are elements of pride and self-worth that every citizen can appreciate as the cornerstone of the American dream. No one should ever be denied employment, fired or evicted simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The lack of protection in this area for the LGBTQ community has a pronounced ripple effect in our state, which has caused the LGBTQ population to be disproportionately under employed, living in poverty and, often times, homeless. SB269 makes significant strides to protect a person’s dignity and their fundamental need to not only make a living, but to be safe in their homes.

TEA of Utah is pleased with all who have come together to seek common ground on the area of anti-discrimination and we lend our support to this bill. We encourage all LGBTQ Utahns to seek out their legislators and make their voices heard on this important issue.
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About Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah: TEA of Utah is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the education of businesses, public agencies and communities regarding transgender issues as well as providing support and advocacy for the transgender community in Utah. www.teaofutah.org

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