New Gov. and Lt. Gov. Move Virginia toward LGBT Equality

VA General Assembly Still Major Roadblock to Progress

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 6, 2013 Contact: Kirsten Bokenkamp, [email protected];  804.643.4816 RICHMOND- The election of Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam to state-wide offices means that the commonwealth is making real progress toward equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, according to Equality Virginia. “This is a real turning point for Virginia,” said executive director James Parrish.  “The commonwealth has never before had somebody in the Governor's seat who so openly supports equality for all Virginians.  Equality Virginia is excited to work with these leaders toward a state that is more welcoming for all families.” The organization is hopeful that LGBT-friendly Mark Herring will maintain the lead in the race for attorney general.  “ While there was some good news from the House of Delegates  races, a number of anti-equality incumbents prevailed.  “Unfortunately, the newly elected House of Delegates will continue to be a major road block to achieving equality in Virginia, ” said Parrish.  

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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