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HISTORY - Va. legislature advances critical protections for LGBTQ Virginians; Event TONIGHT at HRC for Nat’l Black HIV & AIDS Awareness Day
HISTORY -- VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE ADVANCES CRITICAL PROTECTIONS TO LGBTQ VIRGINIANS: The bill will grant non-discrimination protections to Virginians on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and several other characteristics. The legislation must now go through a few more procedural votes before heading to the governor’s desk. “Today, history was made in Virginia, and LGBTQ Virginians are one step closer to being protected from discrimination. No one should be discriminated against simply because of who they are or whom they love,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “This day would not have been possible without the years and years of tireless work from advocates across the commonwealth, or the voters in Virginia who filled the halls of the General Assembly with pro-equality champions who fulfilled their promises.” More from HRC, Washington Blade, The Hill, The Washington Post and The Associated Press.
History made in Virginia as the legislature advances the Virginia Values Act, extending long delayed non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ people and other protected classes. #VALeg https://t.co/C3pWIudWE9— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) February 6, 2020
FEEL GOOD FRIDAY -- HRC ON THE GROUND IN RICHMOND FOR THIS HISTORIC EVENT:
.@HRC is proud to be on the ground in Richmond to celebrate the passage of the Virginia Values Act through both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 6, 2020
After years of legislative stalemates, this bill will finally grant non-discrimination protections to Virginians. pic.twitter.com/gQzjFqt49c
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