Cville Pride is proud to help sponsor Equality Virginia’s Day of Action during this year’s Virginia General Assembly session.
It remains a fact: Virginians can be fired, denied housing, and experience other discrimination if they are LGBTQ. We do not have full equality.
But right now, we have a chance to change that. As Equality Virginia says:
With the most LGBT-friendly General Assembly ever currently in session, we must band together to make sure that our combined voices are heard. Together, we can push through legislation that will finally make our state a safe, welcoming, and fair place for LGBT individuals to live, work, and raise their families. With no anti-LGBT bills to fight in the General Assembly, now is the time to energize and mobilize our members to take action.
Email your legislators now: 2018 Equality Agenda Action
What’s Been Happening So Far
Last week, the General Laws Committee passed two crucial bills: Sen. Adam Ebbin’s SB 202 and Sen. Jennifer Wexton’s SB 423, out of committee with bipartisan support. SB 202 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in public employment, and SB 423 updates Virginia’s Fair Housing Law to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Both bills passed by a vote of 12Y – 3N and they will now head the full Senate for a vote.
The Senate has passed these bills in previous years only to have them defeated in the House. However, the 2017 elections created a more LGBT-affirming House of Delegates. With changes in the makeup of the House, these bills have a real chance of making it to Governor Northam’s desk and becoming law.
Take action now – make your voice heard!