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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.


Equality Virginia holds first transgender summit

Donna Price spoke last Saturday at Equality Virginia’s first ever Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit, held at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.


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Marriage equality for all: Supreme Court lets gay marriage rulings stand

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a surprise move, denied review Monday to five rulings from lower federal courts in cases involving gay marriage, leaving standing marriage equality victories in several federal circuits and opening the door to the freedom to marry for LGBT couples in many more states.


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Equality Virginia disappointed in Supreme Court decision to stay marriage ruling

In response to U.S. Supreme Court decision to stay the marriage ruling of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the following can be attributed to James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia:


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Equality Virginia hopeful that LGBT couples will be able to marry as soon as next week

In response to the Fourth Circuit denying a request to delay implementation of its ruling striking down Virginia laws denying marriage to same-sex couples, James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia, offered the following statement.


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Appeals court strikes down Virginia same sex marriage ban

Today, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals became just the second federal appeals court since last year’s Windsor case to affirm the Constitutional requirement of marriage equality. The court voted 2-1 to overturn the Virginia ban on same sex marriage.


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Rally for Marriage Equality in Richmond on Tuesday

Hundreds of Virginians are expected to convene outside the courthouse in Richmond on Tuesday to show their support for marriage equality in Virginia.


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ACLU remains concerned about unchanged discriminatory tax policies

Though married same-sex couples in Virginia can file joint tax returns at the federal level, under Virginia’s discriminatory state tax policy, these same couples are forced to file as single or head of household at the state level.


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LGBT advocates, tax professionals say state’s tax policy is discriminatory

Virginia’s policy of requiring married lesbian and gay couples to file their state income tax returns as “individuals” is not only burdensome and confusing, but also discriminatory toward married gay and lesbian couples while also hurting businesses.


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Report: Marriage equality can boost Virginia economy by $60 million

Extending marriage to lesbian and gay couples in Virginia would generate up to $60 million in spending to the state economy according to a report released today by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.


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Equality Virginia celebrates 25th year with Mark Warner, Mark Herring

At its 11th annual Commonwealth Dinner on Saturday night, Equality Virginia celebrated its 25th year of working toward equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Virginians.


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Virginians leading LGBT equality efforts to be recognized by Equality Virginia

On Saturday, April 5, Equality Virginia will recognize the 2014 class of OUTstanding Virginians – those who represent Virginia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community with distinction and who are committed to moving the LGBT community forward.


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Across the board reaction to same sex marriage ruling

Groups on all sides of the political spectrum have been weighing in on the ruling of federal Judge Arenda Wright Allen that overturned Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage in the case of Bostic v. McDonnell.


ACLU of Virginia and Equality Virginia urge Gov. McDonnell to end adoption, foster care discrimination

This week, the ACLU of Virginia and Equality Virginia asked Gob. Bob McDonnell to ensure that the best interests of children inform his “Virginia Adopts” Campaign and that all families are considered and included in his goals to raise awareness about the foster care and adoption process.


Civil-rights groups respond to AG letter on nondiscrimination policy

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net    “It is my advice,” reads a March 4 letter from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli addressed to “Presidents, Rectors, and Visitors of Virginia’s Public Colleges and Universities,” “that the law and public policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia prohibit a college or university from including ‘sexual orientation,’ ‘gender identity,’ ‘gender […]


Discrimination: A competitiveness issue

Report by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net    Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a moral evil. Got that. Interesting approach from gay, lesbian and transgender activists in Virginia – playing not the moral but the economic-competitiveness card. “We want you to be sure you tell your employees that you’re bringing the facts of life […]