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Manassas Park School Board passes LGBT nondiscrimination policy

The Manassas Park City School Board voted unanimously to add sexual orientation and gender identity to its nondiscrimination policy. Equality Virginia hailed this vote as further evidence that Virginians are ready for full equality for the Commonwealth’s LGBT community.

Pro-LGBT bills down in flames in GOP House

Don’t let anybody tell you that one vote doesn’t matter. Lawmakers in Virginia’s House of Delegates today summarily killed four bills that would have ensured more equal treatment under the law for LGBTQ people across the Commonwealth.

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Kaine presses Brownback on LGBT rights

Tim Kaine questioned Sam Brownback – President Trump’s nominee for Ambassador At Large For International Religious Freedom – on his record opposing LGBT rights.

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Kaine introduces bill to protect LGBT Americans from housing discrimination

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine led 15 of his colleagues to introduce the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2017.

LGBT equality bills pass Senate committee

A Senate committee passed bills banning housing and public job discrimination against LGBTs.

Bathroom bill is dead: But what about that LGBT anti-discrimination bill?

Minutes after killing the bathroom bill, a GOP-controlled committee killed a bill that would have protected LGBT individuals from being fired for being gay.

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ACLU opposes Virginia anti-LGBT privacy bill

ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañana comments on HB 1612, an anti-LGBT privacy bill introduced by Del. Bob Marshall.

Fenway brief argues that gun violence is an LGBT public health issue

The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief showing that gun violence poses a substantial threat to the health of the LGBT community.

Virginia Tourism announces new LGBT tourism marketing efforts

Virginia Tourism Corporation announced the official launch of its new LGBT tourism marketing efforts.

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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.

Brief outlines impact of HHS rule on transgender people accessing healthcare

The Fenway Institute released What the new Affordable Care Act nondiscrimination rule means for providers and LGBT patients.

Orlando: It’s just easier to blame it on ISIS

What we don’t know about the Orlando nightclub mass shooting far outweighs what we do know. Not that this has stopped any of us from coming to conclusions.

Equality Virginia praises veto of religious discrimination bill

Gov. McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have provided exemptions to those “operating in connection with a religious organization” that would discriminate against LGBTs.

Fifty Plus: Plumbing issues in North Carolina

There appears to be major sewage malfunctions in North Carolina. Initially, I thought it was going to be a costly infrastructure burden on the state.

House passes bill giving businesses license to discriminate against LGBTs

The House of Delegates passed a bill that would establish a right to discriminate for people who hold certain religious beliefs about LGBTs.

Religious refusal bill passes Virginia Senate

The Senate approved a measure entitling religious organizations and affiliated businesses to refuse to provide services or goods based on religious beliefs.

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.

House Republicans vote to keep discriminating against LGBT Virginians

The Republican-dominated General Laws Subcommittee #4 passed two measures that codify discriminatory practices based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Housing non-discrimination, employment non-discrimination bills make their way to Senate floor

A Senate committee voted to report bills that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in public employment and in housing.

LGBT advocates fight back on equal rights

Virginia’s leading advocates for LGBT rights denounced an all-out attack on the rights of that community in nine bills currently before the legislature.

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Hillary Clinton statement on the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign

Hillary Clinton released the following statement in response to earning the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign.

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Clinton lays out agenda to promote LGBT equality

Hillary Clinton announced today new proposals that would promote equality and protect the LGBT community from discrimination.


Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College withdraw from Council of Christian Colleges and Universities

The presidents of Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College announced their voluntary withdrawals from the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities today. The withdrawals come in response to several CCCU institutions’ concerns following the July 2015 decisions by EMU and GC to update their non-discrimination policies and allow the hiring of married gay and lesbian faculty.

25th House District candidate Angela Lynn gets LGBT endorsement

LGBT Democrats of Virginia announced its endorsement of Democratic Party nominee Angela Lynn in the 25th House District race today.


The importance of family support for GLBT members in recovery

Rehabilitation from drug or alcohol addiction is always challenging, but for members of the GLBT community, there can be additional obstacles to overcome.

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DOJ filing supports transgender student’s right to appropriate restroom facilities in ACLU case

The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in federal court explaining that transgender students must be allowed to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity under Title IX of the U.S. Education Amendments of 1972.

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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.

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Tim Kaine statement on Supreme Court arguments on marriage equality case

Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement as oral arguments begin at the Supreme Court on the question of marriage equality.

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ACLU of Virginia remarks on freedom to marry cases before U.S. Supreme Court

Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, released a statement regarding oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court involving challenges to the Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee bans on marriage rights for same-sex couples.

GetEQUAL marks fifth anniversary with launch of No Asterisks campaign for full federal LGBTQ equality

Five years after the launch of the network, GetEQUAL announced a LGBTQ Bill of Rights, as part of a new “No Asterisks” campaign for full LGBTQ equality.

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.

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.

HRC Highlights Virginia’s LGBT protections in inaugural national report

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, today released its first national report assessing the status of state legislation affecting LGBT equality across America.

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.

State Senate committee defeats bill to ban LGBT conversion therapy

This morning, the Senate Committee on Education and Health heard incendiary testimony suggesting that homosexuality might be a mental health issue before voting along party lines to defeat Senator Louise Lucas’ SB 988.

134K people across the world urge Virginia to drop proposed anti-LGBT bill

As members of the Virginia’s House of Delegates prepare to hear an anti-LGBT bill, 134,000 All Out members globally including 40,000 in the USA and 7,000 in Virginia have spoken out against the proposed legislation.

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.