How To Protect Trans Kids and Oppose Youngkin’s 2022 Anti-Transgender Student Policy

What’s at stake for Virginia K-12 students?

On September 16th, Governor Glenn Youngkin and the Virginia Department of Education released a draft model policy that would remove and replace 2021’s model policies on the treatment of transgender (trans) and non-binary youth in schools. The 2021 guidance assists Virginia’s local education agencies in adopting a comprehensive set of policies that will protect transgender and nonbinary students from bullying, harassment, and discrimination in schools and create inclusive and affirming learning environments. Equality Virginia OPPOSES the 2022 proposed model policy.

Governor Youngkin’s draft model policy:

  • Is rooted in transphobia and seeks to further harm trans and nonbinary kids.
  • Seeks to erase trans and nonbinary youth from the classroom. They create a hostile & potentially dangerous school environment.
  • Requires teachers and school staff to forcibly “out” students to their parents against their will in some circumstances, such as where a student seeks counseling.
  • Prohibits teachers and school staff from supporting trans & nonbinary students, such as using a student’s affirming name & pronouns.
  • Creates bathroom and sports policies that prohibit access and/or participation in activities consistent with their gender identity.


Public Comment Guide

A public comment period for the proposed model policy opened Monday September 26th and will close Wednesday October 26th at 11:59 pm. We encourage you to submit a comment in opposition to the policy. Below are tips. Navigate to the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall Page and click “Enter Comment” to begin.

TIPS

If you feel overwhelmed or too busy to write something personal, you can simply say  “I OPPOSE the guidance.” Even that helps to show the VDOE the number of people who oppose the guidance.

Identify your relationship to the trans and nonbinary community. Are you transgender? A family member or friend of a transgender person? An educator? A concerned community member?

Tell a little about yourself.

Share why trans affirming school policy matters to you.

If you’re trans and have faced anti-trans discrimination while at school, share your story. Be specific as much as you are comfortable with on who or what caused the harm (i.e. student, classmate, teacher, etc).

Please mention how your experience overlaps with multiple marginalized identities.

If you’re trans and have had a good school experience that affirmed your gender identity, share your story. Please be specific as well.

Be clear that you OPPOSE the draft policy and want the VDOE to reject them.

If you prefer to submit a public comment anonymously for the safety of you and your loved ones, Equality Virginia has a collection form that will be collecting anonymous comments.

What happens once the VDOE model policies are finalized after the public comment period?
Once the VDOE releases the final draft of the model policies on October 27, 2022 school boards in Virginia will have to consider and vote to adopt or reject the 2022 VDOE model policies. Several school districts have said they will not


Additional Information

Tips

The most powerful form of public comment is personal testimony, which can be just a few sentences! We know it can be difficult to know what to say so we have provided some prompting questions for anyone who wants to support trans and non-binary youth:

Parents, caregivers, and adult family members:

  • What has been your child’s experience at their school around being LGBTQ+ or their friends who might be LGBTQ+? 
  • What would it mean to your family if schools removed protections and guidelines that help create safe and inclusive environments for all youth? 
  • How would it impact your young person or their friends at school and in their daily life?

LGBTQ youth, LGBTQ adults, allied youth and siblings:

  • What has been your experience at school around being LGBTQ+ or having LGBTQ+ peers?
  • What would it mean to you if Virginia schools didn’t have safe and inclusive environments for all youth?
  • How would it impact you or your peers at school and in their daily life?

Educators, Administrators, and School Personnel:

  • In what ways would you and your coworkers feel more prepared by having guidance on how to better serve all youth, particularly transgender and non-binary youth? 
  • Why is this personally impactful to you and your coworkers? 
  • How would the guidance set students up for success?

Adult allies:

  • What would it mean to you and your city/county if Virginia schools did not have safe and inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ youth? 
  • How might it impact your friends, loved ones, and other community members? 
  • Why is this important to you as an ally?

Research

  • Polling shows that 85% of transgender and nonbinary youth, and two-thirds of all LGBTQ youth, say that recent debates around anti-trans bills have negatively impacted their mental health.
  • The Trevor Project’s 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health found that 45% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, including more than half (53%) of transgender and nonbinary youth. Nearly 1 in 5 transgender and nonbinary youth attempted suicide. However, LGBTQ youth who had access to an LGBTQ-affirming school reported lower rates of attempting suicide than those who did not. Additionally, learning about LGBTQ people or issues was associated with significantly lower odds (23%) of a past-year suicide attempt in LGBTQ students. 
  • According to a poll conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of The Trevor Project, 85% of transgender and nonbinary youth — and two-thirds of all LGBTQ youth (66%) — say recent debates about state laws restricting the rights of transgender people have negatively impacted their mental health. When asked about proposed legislation that would require schools to tell a student’s parent or guardian if they request to use a different name/pronoun or if they identify as LGBTQ at school, 45% of LGBTQ youth said it made them feel angry, 34% felt nervous, and nearly 1 in 3 felt stressed.
  • Having at least one accepting adult can reduce the risk of a suicide attempt among LGBTQ young people by 40 percent.
  • A 2021 peer-reviewed study by The Trevor Project’s researchers found that transgender and nonbinary youth who reported gender identity acceptance from teachers and peers had significantly lower odds of attempting suicide in the past year.
  • A 2020 peer-reviewed study by The Trevor Project’s researchers, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that transgender and nonbinary youth who experienced bathroom discrimination had more than 1.5 times the odds of attempting suicide in the past year compared to those who did not experience bathroom discrimination. 
  • Transgender and nonbinary youth who reported having pronouns respected by all or most people in their lives attempted suicide at half the rate of those who did not have their pronouns respected.

2021 Model Policy (Trans Affirming)

What current protections do transgender and non-binary youth have in schools (under the 2021 VDOE policy)?

School districts’ model policies must cover the following areas that schools will address:

  • Compliance with applicable nondiscrimination laws;
  • Maintenance of a safe and supportive learning environment free from discrimination and harassment for all students;
  • Prevention of and response to bullying and harassment;
  • Maintenance of student records;
  • Identification of students;
  • Protection of student privacy and the confidentiality of sensitive information;
  • Enforcement of sex-based dress codes; and
  • Student participation in sex-specific school activities and events and use of school facilities. Activities and events do not include athletics.

In addition, the Virginia Values Act bans discrimination against LGBTQ people in places of public accommodation, which includes educational institutions like public schools. This means that schools must offer a safe and equal learning environment to all students, teachers, and staff, including those who are LGBTQ.

The 2021 policies allow trans and non-binary youth to be safer from bulllying, harassment, and discrimination at the hands of their peers, teachers, and school staff and administrators. It also guarantees that supports are in place to allow all youth, including trans and non-binary youth, to have access to an equal educational experience.

The 2021 legislation does not cover transgender and non-binary students’ participation in athletics. Instead, this is governed by the Virginia High School League (VHSL), which allows transgender youth to play on teams consistent with their gender identity through a waiver process requiring certain documentation and hearings. Many middle schools follow VHSL guidelines. 

Equality Virginia Launches School Board Policy Tracker

September 15, 2022
Contact: Narissa Rahaman
e. [email protected]
p.   407-492-5086

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    

In total, 552,065 Virginia K-12 students attend school in divisions that have fully adopted the VDOE model policy for transgender students

RICHMOND, VA – Today Equality Virginia, the Commonwealth’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) equality, launched a school board policy & meeting tracker to provide parents, advocates and students information on local school board meetings, potential agenda items and opportunity for public comment, and whether the school district has adopted the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE)  Model Policies for the Treatment of Transgender Students in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools.

“Almost half of Virginia’s K-12 students attend schools in divisions that have fully adopted VDOE’s model policies for the treatment of transgender students,” said Narissa S. Rahaman, Executive Director of Equality Virginia. “These policies, developed in accordance with evidence-based best practices, give teachers and administrators critical tools to create safe, inclusive and learning environments for all students. School boards in every corner of our Commonwealth have a unique and urgent opportunity to protect transgender students by adopting the model policies.”

In 2021, the VDOE released model policies regarding the treatment of transgender and non-binary students in Virginia public schools. The model policies address common issues regarding transgender students in accordance with evidence-based best practices and include information, guidance, procedures, and standards relating to: compliance with applicable nondiscrimination laws; maintenance of a safe and supportive learning environment free from discrimination and harassment for all students; prevention of and response to bullying and harassment; maintenance of student records; identification of students; protection of student privacy and the confidentiality of sensitive information; enforcement of sex-based dress codes; and student participation in sex-specific school activities, events, and use of school facilities. All local school boards were required to adopt the policy as a baseline by the start of the 2021-2022 school year. 

In total, 552,065 Virginia K-12 students attend school in divisions that have fully adopted the VDOE policy and 699,905 students attend school in divisions that have not adopted sufficient policies. Out of Virginia’s 133 school districts, 13 school boards have fully adopted VDOE’s model policies, eight have partially adopted the model policies,  90 have opted to follow guidance put forward by the Virginia School Boards Association that contends existing policies fulfill the law’s requirements, nine school districts have rejected the VDOE policies, and four didn’t consider any policy, claiming their current policies are sufficient.

Equality Virginia’s tracker also provides dates, times and locations of monthly school board meetings, how parents, advocates and allies can sign-up for public comment, links to meeting agendas, and will highlight policies or resolutions school boards are introducing that could impact LGBTQ+ students. The tracker has additional details such as school board member contact information, superintendent’s name, and whether or not the school board is elected or appointed. 

“Over the last 18 months, thousands of students, parents, educators, and allied community members have been showing up to school board meetings and giving public comment in support of transgender and nonbinary students and of policies that would protect them,” said Kyleigh Hynes, Safe Schools Coordinator of Equality Virginia. “So much of this work has been organized by folks on the ground, and we want them to feel as empowered and prepared as possible as they continue to advocate at these meetings. The purpose of our tracker is to provide all of the information someone might need in order to show up to a school board meeting or contact their board member, thereby helping to eliminate barriers to participation in local advocacy work across the Commonwealth.”

According to GLSEN’s  2019 National School Climate Survey, Virginia schools were not safe for most LGBTQ+ secondary school students. In addition, many LGBTQ+ students in Virginia did not have access to important school resources and were not protected by supportive and inclusive school policies.  School-based supports such as supportive and inclusive school policies, school personnel who are supportive of LGBTQ+ students, GSAs, and LGBTQ+-inclusive curriculum resources can positively affect school climate for LGBTQ+ students. Findings from GLSEN’s 2019 National School Climate Survey demonstrate that students attending schools with these resources and supports report more positive school experiences, including lower victimization and absenteeism and higher academic achievement.

Equality Virginia is a 501(c)(3) organization working to build a fully inclusive Commonwealth by educating, empowering, and mobilizing Virginians to ensure all LGBTQ+ people are free to live, love, learn, and work.

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Equality Virginia and Partners File Amicus Brief in Support of Transgender and Non-Binary Students in Virginia Schools

July 28, 2022
Contact: Narissa Rahaman, [email protected]

RICHMOND, VA – Last evening, Equality Virginia, the Commonwealth’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) equality, along with 35 partners and school board leaders across the Commonwealth, filed an amicus brief in support of transgender students in Virginia schools.

The brief asks the Supreme Court of Virginia to uphold the Circuit Court for the County of King William’s dismissal of Peter Vlaming’s lawsuit against the West Point School Board, which rejected Mr. Vlaming’s claims that his firing for violation of the West Point School Board’s anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies violated his rights under Virginia law. 

The West Point School Board has a compelling interest in protecting its transgender students from the harms associated with discriminatory treatment. It must also comply with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination against transgender children on the basis of their gender identities, and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. To serve these interests and comply with the law, the West Point School Board must treat its transgender students equally—including by ensuring that its staff addresses transgender students, like their cisgender peers, with the names and pronouns that reflect their gender identity. The illusory burden asserted by Mr. Vlaming cannot stand against this compelling interest. 

An amicus curiae brief, or “friend of the court” brief, is filed by organizations or persons not directly involved in a case to provide information related to issues to help courts reach decisions.

The groups point to the negative and harmful experiences of transgender and non-binary students and their families in Virginia schools as reasons why anti-discrimination policies and practices, such as using a student’s correct pronouns, can mitigate these harms.

“Transgender and non-binary students, when compared to their cisgender peers, face physical abuse, bullying, and extreme emotional harm at higher rates, which impact their well-being and education,” said Narissa S. Rahaman, Executive Director at Equality Virginia. “The West Point School Board’s antidiscrimination and anti-harassment policies aim to counteract and prevent those harms. We know that transgender students thrive when they are supported by an inclusive school environment, which includes using their correct pronouns.”

“The harm of differentiating transgender students from their peers and failing to affirm their identities is well-established in the courts,” said S. Douglas Bunch, Partner at civil rights law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll. “Sadly, this effect is magnified when the hostile actor is a teacher. School policies, such as one of using pronouns that reflect a transgender student’s identity, are there to mitigate these harms and allow all students to thrive in school.”

According to GLSEN’s 2019 National School Climate Survey, Virginia schools were not safe for most LGBTQ+ secondary school students. In addition, many LGBTQ+ students in Virginia did not have access to important school resources, such as an LGBTQ+-inclusive curriculum, and were not protected by supportive and inclusive school policies. 

School-based supports such as supportive and inclusive school policies, school personnel who are supportive of LGBTQ+ students, GSAs, and LGBTQ+-inclusive curriculum resources can positively affect school climate for LGBTQ+ students. Findings from GLSEN’s 2019 National School Climate Survey demonstrate that students attending schools with these resources and supports report more positive school experiences, including lower victimization and absenteeism and higher academic achievement.

This is the second amicus brief of its kind that Equality Virginia and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll have filed on behalf of the welfare of transgender and non-binary students in Virginia. On July 9, 2021 Equality Virginia and over 50 partners and school board leaders across the Commonwealth filed a brief in support of Virginia’s model policies to make schools safer and inclusive for transgender students.

Groups signing on to the amicus brief include:

Diversity Richmond 

Equality Loudoun

Farmville Pride

FCPS Pride 

GLSEN NoVA

GLSEN RVA

GLSEN Southwest Virginia

Hampton Roads Pride

He She Ze and We

Health Brigade

Hill City Pride

PFLAG Blue Ridge

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia

Pride Liberation Project

Rappahannock Region Transgender Support (RRTS)

Restoration Fellowship RVA

Richmond Triangle Players

Rockbridge LGBTQIA+ Alliance

Side by Side VA, Inc.

Southeastern Transgender Resource Center 

Stonewall Sports Richmond 

Transgender Assistance Program Virginia

UGRC/Black Pride RVA

Virginia Anti-Violence Project 

Virginia Council on LGBTQ+

Virginia Pride 

Honorable Barbara J. Kanninen (Arlington County)

Honorable David Priddy (Arlington County)

Honorable Lisa Larson-Torres (Chair, Charlottesville City)

Honorable Karl V. Frisch (Fairfax County)

Honorable Laura Downs (Chair, Falls Church City)

Honorable David Ortiz (Falls Church City)

Honorable Lori Silverman (Falls Church City)

Honorable Elizabeth Warner (Stafford County)

Mr. Jason Kamras (Richmond City) 

Equality Virginia is a 501(c)(3) organization working to build a fully inclusive Commonwealth by educating, empowering, and mobilizing Virginians to ensure all LGBTQ+ people are free to live, love, learn, and work.

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Virginia LGBTQ+ Organizations Call Out Governor Youngkin’s Hypocrisy in Hosting a Pride Event

Gov. Youngkin’s performative event does not diminish the months he spent attacking the LGBTQ+ community on the campaign trail and subsequent anti-LGBTQ+ appointments after taking office

RICHMOND – Today, the Commonwealth’s leading advocacy organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality, responded to Governor Glenn Youngkin’s announcement about hosting a Pride event after nearly a year of anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and administration appointments. 

“Equality Virginia is disappointed in Governor Youngkin’s performative attempt to celebrate Virginia’s diverse LGBTQ+ community by hosting a Pride event. His cherry-picking of invitees sends a message that he is unwilling to listen to the LGBTQ+ organizations and community members who have worked tirelessly for decades to make our Commonwealth inclusive and welcoming for all,” said Narissa Rahaman, Executive Director of Equality Virginia Advocates. “The Governor spent months campaigning on a platform of homophobia and transphobia, attacking some of the most marginalized members of our community– transgender and non-binary youth. His Pride event does not erase his words and only gaslights our community. We encourage the Governor to meet with us, hear our stories, learn about our lives, and make a commitment to fight for our lived equality.”

Gov. Youngkin’s opposition to LGBTQ+ equality during his gubernatorial campaign was constant and intentional. He declined to support same-sex marriage, despite support of the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to legalize it nationally. He expressed support for “license to discriminate” laws. He does not support transgender kids competing in school sports on the teams consistent with their gender identity saying, “It’s just not fair.” On the first day of Pride month in 2021, Youngkin supported a teacher who was suspended for refusing to use the preferred pronouns of his student saying he was standing up for the “best interest” of students in his district.

Gov. Youngkin’s hostility continued after the election when he appointed individuals with a history of engaging in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric. Before taking office, Youngkin named Kay Coles James, former president of the far-right Heritage Foundation, as the Secretary of the Commonwealth. While at Heritage, James opposed the Equality Act, federal legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system. James tweeted the Equality Act is “anything but equality,” saying it would shut down businesses and “open every female bathroom and sports team to biological males.” Former Fairfax County School Board member Elizabeth Schultz, known for her tirade against protections for transgender students, was appointed as Virginia’s Assistant Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“I appreciate the Governor’s invitation, but I think it is premature for this administration to celebrate LGBTQ+ equality when it has yet to take any meaningful steps to advance it,” said James Millner, Director of Virginia Pride. “I have serious concerns about the Governor’s on-the-record positions on issues like same-sex marriage and rights and protections for the transgender community, especially transgender youth.  If the Governor can demonstrate that he and his administration are true allies to our community by working with us to protect and advance our hard-won progress, I would happily attend a celebration with him next year.”

“LGBTQ+ Pride month is not a celebration, it’s an action. In this moment, LGBTQ+ communities don’t want to merely attend events, they want to be heard. Members of the current administration have demonstrated in their words and in their actions that they do not support the rights and dignity of the queer community,” said Lindsay Church, Executive Director of Minority Veterans of America. “Instead of hosting events and public professions of support for our communities, this administration must meet with LGBTQ+ leaders and advisory boards to hear our concerns and take clear and substantive actions to address them. Until this happens, these events will be mere tokenization of members of our community in the name of political cover.”

He She Ze and We supports families with transgender and nonbinary youth of all ages. Before accepting an invitation to a Pride Celebration, we ask for an opportunity to meet with the Governor and his staff to discuss the urgent needs of our community,” said Shannon McKay, Executive Director of He She Ze and We. “Perhaps after meeting with some of our families and school-age children, they would understand why it is essential to protect them with inclusive policies, and why we celebrate their courage to be themselves every single day!”

Instances of Governor Youngkin’s Hostility Towards the LGBTQ+ Community

On First Day Of Pride Month in 2021, Youngkin Supported A Teacher Who Was Suspended For Refusing To Use The Preferred Pronouns Of His Student. [American Independent, 6/1/21]

Youngkin Supported Judge’s Decision To Reinstate Teacher Who Was Suspended For Refusing To Use Student’s Preferred Pronouns. [@GlennYoungkin, 6/8/21]

Youngkin Declined To Support Marriage Equality. [Associated Press, 10/22/22]

Youngkin Expressed Support For “License To Discriminate” Laws. [@GlennYoungkin Twitter, 04/26/21]

Youngkin Opposed Transgender-Inclusive Sports Competitions. [Washington Examiner, 3/26/21; Washington Blade, 5/26/21]

EV Advocates (EVA) is a 501(c)(4) organization that works with Equality Virginia (EV) to advance equal rights for LGBTQ Virginians through public policy and advocacy.

Minority Veterans of America (MVA) is a nonpartisan, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization designed to create belonging and advance equity for underrepresented veterans.

He She Ze and We is a 501(c)3 non-profit that empowers families on the journey of gender identity through support, education, advocacy.

Virginia Pride seeks to unite the segmented LGBT communities throughout the Commonwealth.  We strive to be a representative body of the LGBT Community in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  We also seek to standardize Pride for the Commonwealth of Virginia by holding a state-wide Annual PrideFest Celebration.

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Letter to the Editor, March 30, 2021: HIV penalty clause hurts bill’s effectiveness

The Virginia state legislature has passed Senate Bill 1138, a bill that modernizes Virginia’s current HIV law and it’s now awaiting Governor Northam’s signature. However, unless he amends the bill by March 31 to reduce the felony penalty to a misdemeanor, the effectiveness of the bill will suffer. Under the current version, Virginians living with HIV – including LGBTQ Virginians – could still be penalized for up to five years in prison simply because of their HIV diagnosis. This goes against public health recommendations and will deter people from accessing healthcare and prevention services.

While there are incredible provisions in the bill that bring Virginia up to date with modern science, our work to lower the felony continues as the bill sits on the Governor’s desk.

Click here to read the article about the need to remove the felony statute before the bill gets signed into law.

Biden Repeals Trump-era ban on Transgender Troops

As we actively advocate for pro-equality bills at our state legislature, it is a relief to see pro-equality steps being taken at the federal level with the repeal of the ban on transgender troops.

According to Sparta – A Transgender Military Advocacy Organization, about 15,000 transgender service members will be impacted by the repeal. This executive order reinforces the simple fact that LGBTQ people should be not be discriminated against simply because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

To all of the transgender service members in Virginia – we see you, we thank you, and we salute you. Click to read the article about this historic change.

Biden HHS pick Dr. Rachel Levine possibly first openly transgender Senate-confirmed federal official

Congratulations to Dr. Rachel Levine – Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary – on being nominated for assistant secretary of Health and Human Services! She could make history by becoming the first openly transgender Senate-confirmed federal official. Click here to read the article about this history-making nomination.

Biden signs EO implementing Supreme Court ruling for LGBTQ rights

Today on Inauguration Day, we are encouraged to see a dramatic shift in the incoming president’s commitment to LGBTQ equality, which includes an Executive Order on his first day of office to ensure the federal government fully implements the Supreme Court’s ruling last summer that the protections against sex discrimination in the Civil Rights Act cover LGBTQ people.

Under this new administration, we remain steadfast in our commitment to move equality forward and address the disparities still facing LGBTQ Virginians, particularly Black, brown, trans, and non-binary communities.

Click here to read the article about this important move at the federal level for LGBTQ equality.

Richmond City Council passes trans-affirming shelter policies

We’re thrilled to announce the Richmond City Council passed Resolution 2020-R072 last night with strong, unanimous support!

The resolution affirms the right for transgender and non-binary Richmonders to access safe and affirming shelters, and calls for the city’s shelters to adopt policies to that end. Check out this article to learn more!

This resolution helps Richmond to implement the Virginia Values Act, the state law banning discrimination against LGBTQ people in public accommodations (including shelters), housing, and employment!

This action establishes a model for how cities and counties across the Commonwealth can comply with the Virginia Values Act’s promise of equal treatment for all Virginians in daily life!

hank you to the mayor and city council members for their support. This work also would not have been possible without the action of dozens of LGBTQ+ and allied organizations throughout Richmond who have advocated for this change for months (and even years)!

2021 General Assembly Session Kickoff

As the 2021 General Assembly session starts today, Equality Virginia looks forward to defending last year’s historic gains and making new progress on the disparities still facing LGBTQ Virginians.

On Monday, January 11, we hosted our virtual 2021 General Assembly Kickoff where we discussed how Virginians can get involved to support the pro-equality bills we’re organizing around this year, and heard from legislators and advocates involved in moving them forward. Check out this event recap and learn more about our 2021 Equality Agenda from this Washington Blade article!

Looking ahead, we invite you to grab your breakfast and join us every Monday morning during the 2021 GA session for our virtual Bagels & Bills series to stay updated on the state of LGBTQ equality at the Virginia General Assembly! Our first event is this coming Monday, January 18 at 8:00am. Register today for a chance to win a Panera gift card!