Out At Work
On July 1, 2020, Virginia became the first state in the South to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, housing, public spaces, and credit. As an LGBTQ person, you cannot be fired, not hired, not promoted or denied service at a business because of who you are or who you love. Read more on LGBTQ legal protections in Virginia here.
Virginia’s business community takes the lead, and most of the state’s top 25 private employers have hiring practices that include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Additionally, many small locally-owned businesses as well as larger Virginia-based companies actively support treating their LGBTQ customers and employees with respect and dignity. To support a local LGBTQ-friendly business, check out our Equality Means Business directory.
In recent years, as with the nation, the business community has acknowledged that recognizing the LGBT community and providing equal treatment makes economic sense. Virginia is home to three LGBTQ Chambers of Commerce.