Ted Heck, a name familiar to many trans and LGBQ community members, will speak at April’s Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays meeting.
Heck serves as the contract administrator for HIV prevention grants and as the transgender services coordinator at the Virginia Health Department. In addition, he edits and produces the Virginia Transgender Resource and Referral List and facilitates the Transformers social and support group for those on the transmasculine spectrum.
Heck is a tireless advocate for his community and will be speaking to us about the work he does and about his own personal journey.
He was also one of Equality Virginia’s 2013 OUTStanding Virginians. Check out more about him below via EV:
Heck started his journey with advocacy in California before moving to Virginia where he knew he could make more of a difference. Ever since then, Ted’s every waking moment has been dedicated to his vision. A vision that was perfectly summed up in his nomination, calling him “an ardent advocate for increased access to services for survivors who are LGBTQ identified” which cites his dedication to “creating an environment where violence is not the norm.”
He is a founder of the Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP), which he regards as his greatest source of pride. He also has volunteered with ROSMY and the Steering Committee for Richmond’s Transgender Day of Remembrance. From 2007 to 2009, Ted was a board member of Equality Virginia, he is also serving a two-year term as Co-Clerk of Friends for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns, a North American Quaker organization. But Ted’s commitments don’t end with social justice, for the last seven years, he has worked for the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) as an HIV Prevention Contract Monitor.
The meeting will take place from 6:30 – 8:30pm on Tuesday, April 11 on the second floor of the Side By Side youth center at 2311 Westwood Avenue. IMPORTANT: We will convene in the conference room on the left towards the back, not in the library in the center.