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Charley Burton Speaks

"Living as a Black Trans Man in the South"


Meet Charley

Public Speaker, Mentor, Advocate for Trans Equality

Charley Burton is a native of Charlottesville VA.  He transitioned later in life at the age of 50.


Charley is President of PFLAG of the Blue Ridge and founder of Black Transmen Can Cook.  He is Co-founder of Diversity In Recovery.

Charley acknowledges the impact of Black Transmen Inc. on his life and has been a long-time supporter of the organization.

He was recently appointed by the Governor to the Virginia LGBTQ + Advisory Council, and was named an OutStanding Virginian for 2021 by Equality Virginia. 

Charley has been in the recovery community for over 15 years and mentors and sponsors young Trans Adults in both the recovery community and the Trans Community.

Charley is attending Morehouse College.



"Working with Charley was a delight. His story is the story of so many of us and the people we serve as behavioral health professionals because it’s a story of triumph, resilience and becoming who you are destined to be."

Jennifer Bates, LCSW


"Charley Burton is one of the most conscientious and caring human beings I know. His experience and dedication to community is most admirable, and his willingness to share his experience and gently educate others is inspirational. I'm so proud to know Charley, and I think you will be, too!"

Dr. Jamison Green, Author

Becoming a Visible Man

Vanderbilt University Press

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"I am so grateful to Charley Burton for sharing his story with our students with humor, warmth, and ferocity. He encouraged our trans students to stand up for themselves. I found myself laughing and tearing up at the same time, and I know our students found themselves sitting up a little straighter."

Beck Oh

LGBTQIA+ Initiatives

Virginia Commonwealth University


“Charley is one of the most engaging speakers that I've ever heard. He speaks from the heart, generously sharing his story - a story that we all need to hear.”

Lyndele von Schill, she/her

PFLAG Blue Ridge


"Charley's voice is powerful... and backs up the stories of vulnerable people who are seeking to live an authentic life... Charley is not only a do-er--but he is a motivating force --a courageous voice and a gigantic heart for individuals and communities."

Elke Jones Zschaebitz, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Georgetown University

School of Nursing and Health Studies

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