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.



Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) of Utah in conjunction with Equality Utah, Salt Lake County Office of Diversity, QSaltLake and the Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, is happy to present

LGBT Job Fair
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Salt Lake County Building
North Atrium
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Open to the Public. The employers featured at this job fair are LGBTQ open and affirming employers who are looking for bright, enthusiastic employees to fill vacant positions. Come with your resume, ready to spot interview!

 If you are an employer who wishes to table, please email Connie@TEAofUtah.org.

TEA of Utah BBQ in the park

When: Sunday, August 24, 2014
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Hunter Park   3600 South 6000 West, West Valley City

Please join us for an afternoon of volleyball, horse-shoes, socializing and sun, Congratulating our 2014 Person of the Year and Organization of the Year.FREE EVENT! CHILDREN ARE WELCOME!

Playground — Large plastic playset with 6 slides and 8 swings.
Restrooms — Near the pavilion/playground area
Drinking Fountain — 1 at restrooms by playground
Pets are allowed on leashes – there is no non-leash options available.

All inclusive Menu will feature Vegan, vegetarian, meat options. Vegan food from Frisch, vegetarian and omnivore fare from Einstein’s Bros. and Hummus from Laziz!

Feel free to bring a non-alcoholic beverage of your choice. Please no alcohol.

Please RSVP to connie@teaofutah.org or on Facebook no later than FRIDAY AUGUST 22, 2014.

Welcome Jeanette

TEA of Utah is excited to announce the newest addition to our Board of Directors, Jeanette Colvin. Jeanette comes to us with a wide array of skills and talents and we could not be more thrilled for her to join our Board.

Welcome, Jeanette!

Happy Pride Weekend!

TEA of Utah is so excited to be joining you at the Utah Pride Festival. You can find us on the Northwest Loop, booth #17 by the Pet Zone. Come by, grab a trans tattoo and show your trans pride. Don’t forget to buy your raffle ticket to win a wonderful party pack of items from The Queen’s Tea, Laziz and TEA of Utah.

Remember, be safe, wear sunscreen, and have a blast!

New Community Outreach Coordinator

It is with great pleasure that we announce Kyle Aaron Reese as our new Community Outreach Coordinator, beginning June 1, 2014.

He brings with him vast amounts of exposure to many LGBTQ organizations and community service is in his blood. He is currently serving as crown prince 39 for the Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire and is a friend to many other organizations.

Join us in welcoming Kyle to TEA! This is only just the beginning of a long and happy friendship!

Give OUT Day

It’s almost here – your opportunity to give back to the grassroots leaders in equality and inclusion. May 15th is Give OUT Day, and we #GotchaCovered.

Give OUT Day is Thursday May 15, 2014 and we’ve #GotchaCovered in Utah!

By covered, we mean we’ve formed a diverse coalition of small, grassroots LGBTQ organizations, because together we are stronger and can better serve YOU, our community.

Our coalition with its many collective years of service humbly ask you to donate to each of these great organizations on this day of giving: Transgender Education Advocates – TEA of Utah, Plan-B Theatre, Pflag Slc, Restore Our Humanity and OUTreach Resource Centers.

We have teamed up, so your donation will have the greatest impact for our entire community. Consider if you gave just $10 to each of these five diverse groups…that’s only $50, but will provide invaluable support for each non-profit organization of our coalition. Your contribution really helps these smaller organizations striving to create real and lasting change in the LGBTQ performing arts, family preservation & education, trans* support, marriage equality and at-risk youth.

Your donation stays local, assists vital grassroots efforts and sustains a wide community in great need! A community of love, trust, cooperation and giving will never be bankrupt. So thank you for your consideration and know that as you support us, we’ve #GotchaCovered!


Just click on the individual links below (apologies – the donations have to be made separately but once you’re inside the system you can navigate from cause to cause pretty easily) – and you can even schedule your gift in advance!