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DADT Organizing in Virginia

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While it’s a bit overcast and chilly now, warm weather greeted me this weekend in Virginia. With the sun on my back, I was excited to head south on Friday to my home state and get down to organizing for repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." VA DADT Organizing March 19 through 21 011On Friday, I headed to the kickoff of the Generation Equality conference, a youth organizing event put on by our friends at Equality Virginia. College youth from across from Virginia came together at the University of Richmond to learn about how they can make more of a difference on their campuses. As a former Virginia Tech activist, it was so inspiring to see that the next generation is ready and yearning to work for equality and justice. Students from every corner of the state were represented and it was an honor to speak to them and engage them in our work around DADT repeal. Saturday was a busy day. Richmond was hopping with LGBT and allied folks with three different conferences in town – the Generation Equality conference, the Democratic Party of Virginia annual conference and Jefferson Jackson Dinner, and the Prides of the Southeast regional meeting. After speaking at the Generation Equality breakfast session, I sped over to the VA Democratic Party conference where I set up our table and spoke to attendees all day. VA DADT Organizing March 19 through 21 014Additionally, I had the privilege of speaking at the lunch plenary meeting of the POSE conference and at the VA Stonewall Democrats planning meeting at the Democratic Party conference. It was so great to meet activists from across the Southeast and from Virginia. Our friend Adam Ebbin was on hand to speak about LGBT progress in Virginia, and volunteers from across the state and South pledged to work on DADT repeal in their home states. Sunday brought me to the Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond. I was given the chance to address the congregation and speak about our DADT work in Virginia. After gathering post cards and identifying veterans, some of the ushers and I gathered out front to take a picture and end my weekend in Richmond. I’m in Virginia Beach now, working with our Hampton Roads organizer to implement our campaign in this part of the state. Keep an eye out for updates from the Commonwealth of Virginia!

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