Proud Out Loud

By Kyle Poulin Pride month comes with a certain amount of history and gravitas. The trials of violence and adrenaline endured by members and allies of the LGBT community in 1969 during the Stonewall Riots changed the landscape of LGBT equality in America, and gave us a month to be proud of. Just one year later people marched the streets of New York City in the world’s first Pride parade on June 28, 1970. Equality Virginia supports Pride in Virginia in many forms, from Pride festivals to LGBT positive initiatives and conferences. We believe in harnessing progress and pushing it further, examining the inequalities remaining and defeating them. Learn more about current and upcoming ways we are working to get you equality in Virginia and make you Virginia Proud.
  Check out Equality Means BusinessEMB VA logo, our multi-state campaign to highlight businesses that support the LGBT community through pledging non-discrimination for employees, customers, and clients. Through Equality Means Business, you can choose to spend your money at businesses that have actively aligned themselves against LGBT discrimination. Ask your favorite business to join! Visit our website and business directory at: https://virginiafairness.org/equality-means-business-2/
Coffee TalkLGBT-affirming faith communities are encouraged to contact us about our Coffee Talk program for bringing communities together to explore transgender journeys through open and candid dialogue. A simple set of guidelines frames each conversational Coffee Talk group. For more information see our website: https://www.equalityvirginia.org/transgender/coffee-talks/  
FullSizeRenderDo you ever wish you had a platform to talk about an injustice or a slight against you or another? Use Equality VA’s Tell It program to let us know. Equality VA has also partnered with the online idea sharing platform Our Tomorrow as a way for Virginians to be represented in the continuing conversation of hopes and fears for the LGBT community. Our Tomorrow is partnered with over 100 of the United States’ top LGBT and equality organizations and their goal is to create a patchwork narrative for our community. Submit your story to Tell It at https://www.equalityvirginia.org/take-action/tell-it/ or join the ranks of Our Tomorrow at https://bit.ly/ourtomorrow151
  Registration is now open VA tiesfor our Virginia Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit (TIES) to be held on October 10, 2015. The summit will consist of speakers, panels, and information sessions for many facets of the transgender community. In addition to being informative, the summit creates a valuable networking opportunity for making friends and seeing old ones with last year’s attendance at over 200. For more information and registration, go to: https://www.equalityvirginia.org/transgender/summit/
  June kicks off the Prides of Virginia that don’t stop until October. Use our Pride 2015 resource so see when and where all of these great events will be taking place so you can come by and see us at each one! We always need volunteers! For more information, please visit: https://equalityvirginia.org/pride Prides