Equality Virginia to March in Saturday’s 2014 Inaugural Parade

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 9, 2014 Contact: Kirsten Bokenkamp, [email protected];  804.643.4816 RICHMOND -  Equality Virginia and more than 50 of its supporters from around the commonwealth will proudly march in the 2014 Inaugural Parade on Saturday, January 11, in Richmond. Equality Virginia was invited to participate in the parade by the Terry McAuliffe Inaugural Committee.  “"We are honored to be part of the celebration and happy to welcome Terry McAuliffe as Virginia’s next governor,"” said James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia.  "“To march in the inaugural parade next to other organizations representing the diversity of the commonwealth is a landmark moment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Virginians and reflects that achieving LGBT rights is on the horizon."” Throughout his campaign, Terry McAuliffe actively supported LGBT Rights.  He has publically expressed his support for marriage equality and said that his first executive order will be to protect LGBT state employees from discrimination in the workplace. “There is no doubt that the commonwealth is moving toward equality.  Equality Virginia looks forward to working with Governor McAuliffe and other elected officials to ensure that Virginia will soon be a welcoming place for all families to live and work.” Equality Virginia will be carrying a 25 foot portion of a 1.25 mile long “Sea to Sea Rainbow Flag” that was originally used in Key West in 2003. The 2014 inaugural parade will be held immediately after the Inaugural Ceremony at Capitol Square.  For more information, go to www.inauguration2014.com.

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Equality Virginia is a statewide, non-partisan education, outreach, and advocacy organization seeking equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Virginians.  Since 1989, EV has worked to end discrimination, protect families and build safe communities.  More information is online at EqualityVirginia.org.  Connect on Facebook.com/EqualityVA or Twitter @EqualityVA.