The purpose of Brothers Obtaining and Navigating Dynamic Solidarity (BONDS) is to equip TRANSmasculine individuals with leadership development and resources to navigate the adversities TRANSmasculine communities face.
The organization was created in 2019 by the co-directors Tyree Williams (he/him) and E. Lee Dyer IV (he/him), due to the lack of sustainable and equitable resources in transmasculine communities. Williams and Dyer created an organization to provide leadership development for transmen.
BONDS operates with the mission to Cultivate TRANSformative leadership and provide sustainable tools and resources for TRANSmasculine communities.
Tyree Williams (he/him)
Director of Outreach
Tyree “TY” Williams, creator of the “T Will Not Be Silent” movement, is a Trans rights activist, motivational speaker, advocacy educator, organizer, chef, and violist. He is a New Orleans native currently residing in Virginia. Mr. Williams is a lead organizer for the California chapters of Black Trans Men International, National Trans March on DC, a co-founder of Brotherhood 501(c)3, Director of Operations for FLUX's DC Chapter, National Minority AIDS Council's TGNC Community Advisory Board, and a valued member of the Rise Community Advisory Board at the University of Carolina Chapel Hill. Currently, he works as a Health Impact Specialist with the DC Department of Health Services.
Mr. Williams is a proud father, uncle, life partner, son, brother, friend, and confidant. Through his activism and advocacy, he creates spaces of inclusion for Trans individuals. He strives to center the voices of Trans people through community activism combined with awareness education, fundraising, and community building. Mr. Williams believes in building equity and sustainability of LGBTQIA communities by centering the underrepresented identities within those communities.
E. Lee Dyer IV (he/him)
Director of Development
E. Lee Dyer, IV, affectionately known as Lee, is a New Orleans native currently based in Richmond, VA. He is a dynamic speaker, DEI strategist, inclusion trainer, professional development coach, unapologetically Black and Trans. Mr. Dyer currently works as the Associate Director for LGBTQ Campus Life and Men of Color Initiatives at the University of Richmond. He holds a bachelor's of political science from Dillard University and a master's of public administration from North Carolina Central University.
Mr. Dyer serves as the Vice Board Chair for Side by Side (an LGBTQ youth services nonprofit), a board member for Diversity Richmond, an executive board member for the Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, and the board chair for Trans Solutions Research & Resource Center. He is also the co-owner of Share the Light Consulting LLC, a DEI-based consulting firm. Through his consultations, training, speaking, and coaching, he provides individuals with tools to overcome their adversities. Most notable of Mr. Dyer's work is his ability to help people and organizations create cultures and practices of inclusion. He is a strong advocate for the Trans community and strives to build sustainable resources for marginalized communities.