Senator Tim Kaine, Special Guests Join Equality Virginia’s Commonwealth Dinner


12th Annual Dinner Dedicated to Celebrating the Freedom to Marry in the Commonwealth of Virginia

  CONTACT:  Kirsten Bokenkamp | [email protected] | 804.643.4816   WHAT: Press invitation to attend Equality Virginia’s 12th Annual Commonwealth Dinner WHEN: Saturday, April 18, 2015, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. WHERE: Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third St., Richmond, VA WHO: U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, Attorney General Mark Herring, and Lt. Governor Ralph Northam will join Virginia’s largest gala for the gay and transgender community. Other elected officials include Congressman Bobby Scott; Senators Adam Ebbin, Rosalyn Dance, and Donald McEachin; Delegates Betsy Carr, Cherniele Herring, Kathleen Murphy, Ken Plum, Mark Sickles and Marcus Simon. At this year’s Commonwealth Dinner, Equality Virginia will be celebrating the freedom to marry.  Marriage equality is an important part of Virginia’s history, and among the nearly 1,000 guests attending the Commonwealth Dinner will be the four plaintiff couples winning the freedom to marry in Virginia, representatives from the organizations representing those couples, political allies, and a host of  LGBT supporters. In addition to celebrating marriage, the following OUTstanding Virginians will be recognized for representing the LGBT community with distinction and for their commitment to moving the LGBT community forward: Keri Abrams, Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, William C. Hall, Jr., Rodney Lofton, Paula Prettyman and Kelly Schlageter, Todd Rosenlieb, and Mothers & Others.  Since 2009, Equality Virginia has honored OUTstanding Virginians at its annual Commonwealth Dinner. RSVP: Please contact Kirsten Bokenkamp for more details or to RSVP.  The program is between 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM.


Equality Virginia is the leading 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.