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Equality Virginia recognizes Virginians leading LGBT equality efforts

Equality Virginia will honor the 2017 class of OUTstanding Virginians on April 1.


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Equality Virginia statement on Gov. McAuliffe’s exextuive order

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 61 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.


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Equality Virginia announces launch of Virginia Competes

Equality Virginia celebrated Virginia’s leading businesses that create inclusive environments for their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees.


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Equality Virginia applauds AG opinion on discrimination

The Virginia Human Rights Act uniquely makes all violations of federal civil rights law a concurrent violation of state law.


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Bill allowing discrimination against LGBT passes Senate committee

The Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology voted Monday to advance a bill that would effectively sanction a form of LGBT discrimination.


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Equality Virginia disappointed in House subcommittee vote

A House subcommittee chose not to decisively vote on two of the unprecedented six anti-LGBT bills heard during the meeting.


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Equality Virginia celebrates Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality

James Parrish, executive director, Equality Virginia, offered the following comment in response to the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that under the Fourteenth Amendment states are required to issue marriage licenses between two people of the same sex.


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Equality Virginia applauds ACLU for filing case against Gloucester County School Board

In response to the lawsuit filed on June 11 by the ACLU and ACLU of Virginia against the Gloucester County School Board for adopting a discriminatory bathroom policy, the following statement can be attributed to James Parrish, executive director, Equality Virginia.


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Governor Terry McAuliffe declares June LGBT Pride Month

On Tuesday evening at a reception held at the Governor’s Mansion, Governor Terry McAuliffe proclaimed June 2015 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.


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Equality Virginia applauds Fairfax County School Board for voting to update non-discrimination policy

Equality Virginia applauds Fairfax County School Board Members for voting on Thursday to update Fairfax County Public Schools’ non-discrimination policy to include gender identity.


Housing providers, professionals support non-discrimination

Equality Virginia and Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) are encouraging housing professionals and companies to join the new multistate campaign “Equality Means Business” designed to showcase businesses that know how vital LGBT customers and employees are to their success in a modern economy.


Virginians leading LGBT equality efforts recognized by Equality Virginia

On Saturday, April 18, Equality Virginia will honor the 2015 class of OUTstanding Virginians – those who represent Virginia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community with distinction and are committed to moving the LGBT community forward – at its 12th Annual Commonwealth Dinner.


Equality Virginia to celebrate the freedom to marry at its 12th Annual Commonwealth Dinner

Equality Virginia announced on Monday that its Annual Commonwealth Dinner, to be held on April 18 in Richmond, will be dedicated this year to celebrating the freedom to marry in the commonwealth.


Equality Virginia pleased with attorney general opinion regarding school nondiscrimination policies

On Wednesday, Attorney General Mark Herring released an opinion stating that school boards in Virginia have the authority to expand their anti-discrimination policies to encompass sexual orientation and gender identity.


After passing Senate, bill protecting Virginia LGBT public employees killed in House subcommittee

On Thursday, Senate Bill 785, a bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender public employees from workplace discrimination, was tabled in the House General Laws subcommittee 4, effectively killing it for the remainder of this session.


Equality Virginia applauds House subcommittee for voting down HB 1414

Equality Virginia is applauding the move by a House subcommittee to kill a bill that would have allowed any business or professional in Virginia to blatantly discriminate against LGBT people.


Equality Virginia applauds Senate Committee for passing workplace non-discrimination bill

On Monday, Senate Bill 785, a bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender public employees from workplace discrimination, was voted out of the General Laws and Technology Committee with an 8-7 vote.


Equality Virginia disappointed with Senate committee Vote against bill to protect Virginia’s children

In response to today’s vote in the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services, the following statement can be attributed to James Parrish, executive director, Equality Virginia.


Equality Virginia: We must end harmful and ineffective conversion therapy

In response to today’s vote in the Senate Committee on Education and Health to pass by SB 988, James Parrish, executive director, Equality Virginia, offered the following response.


Lawmakers come together in support of bills to protect LGBT individuals, families

Nearly a dozen legislators came together on Tuesday in support of bills that would create a more welcoming and inclusive commonwealth for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Virginians.


Global petition delivered Tuesday to stop anti-gay House bill

Equality Virginia will help deliver a global petition urging members of the House of Delegates to reject anti-gay legislation on Tuesday.


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Sen. Favola bill addressing sexual orientation hate crimes in Courts Committee

Today, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee will discuss SB 799 a bill that Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) introduced to address the perpetration of hate crimes against LGBT individuals.


Richmond-based Fortune 500 companies awarded Virginia Fairness Accreditation

Equality Virginia has recognized five Richmond-based Fortune 500 companies – Altria, Capital One, CarMax, Dominion, and Genworth – for their commitment to making Virginia’s business climate conducive to economic success by encouraging and supporting diversity in the workplace.


Equality Virginia responds to hateful anti-LGBT bill

In response to HB1414, a bill filed by Delegate Robert Marshall that would allow blatant discrimination against LGBT Virginians, the following statement can be attributed to James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia.


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State of LGBT equality in nine Virginia cities detailed in HRC New Municipal Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released its third annual report assessing LGBT equality in 353 cities across the nation, including nine in Virginia.