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Parent wants book about ‘Two Boys Kissing’ removed from school library

Monday, April 7, 2014
WARRENTON, Va. -- A Virginia high school is once again considering a parent's appeal to remove a book from the school's library that depicts two boys kissing on its cover. [ Read more → ]
Bob Marshall

Va. lawmaker proposes to deny married same-sex couples tax equality

Monday, January 13, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- A Virginia lawmaker who authored the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, has proposed new legislation to change the Virginia state code to further define the tax benefits denied to legally married same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]

Bills to allow second parent adoption to be considered by Va. general assembly

Friday, January 10, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- Two bills hoping to make second parent adoption easier for couples in Virginia, including same-sex couples, are headed to the 2014 General Assembly. [ Read more → ]

Bills to ban workplace discrimination introduced in Va. general assembly

Thursday, January 9, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- Two bills to ban discrimination in the public workforce across Virginia have been put before the state's General Assembly for the 2014 season. [ Read more → ]
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.

Bills to end Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban flood 2014 General Assembly

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- While Delegates and Senators of the Virginia General Assembly were swearing into session Wednesday, there had already been efforts set in motion to end the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Va. House of Delegates

Va. Assembly to consider bill to ban conversion therapy on LGBT youth

Sunday, January 5, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. -- A bill that proposes to ban the use of controversial gay-to-straight conversion (or, reparative) therapy on LGBT youth in Virginia will go before the 2014 General Assembly. [ Read more → ]

Va. tax department implements ‘hateful’ guidelines for married, same-sex couples

Monday, December 2, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- The state of Virginia has released new tax guidelines for legally married same-sex couples, establishing what is being called some of the most complicated and harshest policies by any state tax department against same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
GayRVA.comLocal residents line up to speak at Monday's city council meeting in Richmond, Va.

Richmond approves symbolic same-sex partner benefits ordinance

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- In a divisive meeting Monday evening, the Richmond city council approved an ordinance extending benefits to same-sex partners -- that is, once the rest of the state allows it. [ Read more → ]
GMU Equality, George Mason University

Second ex-gay group challenges Va. colleges over lack of ex-gay resources

Thursday, October 24, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) is asking the Virginia legislature to stop funding “gay-transvestite centers at Virginia’s public universities,” claiming state funds are being used to “indocronate” youth into changing their faith. [ Read more → ]
Christopher Doyle

‘Ex-gay’ therapy advocates threaten Va. colleges over lack of resources

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- The "ex-gay" group, Voice of the Voiceless, is urging LGBTQ resource centers at universities in Virginia to provide ex-gay therapy and resources on changing sexual orientation. The group sent a letter to all Virginia state colleges late last month threatening legal action,... [ Read more → ]
Ken Cuccinelli

Cuccinelli cites 600-year-old law, religion in brief defending Va. gay marriage ban

Thursday, October 3, 2013
Citing antiquated laws, using arguments that have previously failed constitutional muster, and referencing religion as the basis for state law, Virgina Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has filed a brief in a federal court defending Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

An Interview with ‘Orange Is The New Black’ star Laverne Cox

Sunday, August 4, 2013
Laverne Cox carries a powerful presence. Tall, long flowing hair, pouting lips, and a gaze that looks both daunting and welcoming at the same time. But don’t her looks fool you, Alabama born, this girl is a sweet-southerner at heart -- and, Laverne is transgender. [ Read more → ]
Ken Cuccinelli

Va. AG launches ‘child predators’ website to build support for sodomy laws

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has launched a website to build support for his fight to keep the state's sodomy laws on the books, and to attack Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. [ Read more → ]
Jacob Haley

Transgender man finally gets name change; Va. judge refers to him as ‘she,’ ‘miss’

Monday, June 17, 2013
LOUISA, Va. - A Virginia transgender man on Monday was granted a name change after having it denied earlier this year by a judge who asked for medical documents proving he was transitioning, contrary to state law. [ Read more → ]
From left: Mark Herring, Terry McAuliffe, and Ralph Northam.

Little substance on LGBT rights from Va. Democratic candidates

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Democratic party's candidates for Virginia's top elected offices had little to offer on Wednesday on the issue of LGBT rights, despite facing a trio of vehemently anti-gay Republican opponents. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.)

LGBT advocacy groups cry foul on Va. governor’s adoption campaign

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell plans to announce a new campaign Friday that aims to adopt 1,000 Virginia children out of foster care, but equality groups around the state are calling foul on the new initiative, which comes one year after McDonnell signed legislation allowing adoption agencies to discriminate against gay parents. [ Read more → ]
Jacob Haley

Transgender man denied name change by Virginia judge

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
A transgender man from Louisa County, Virginia, has been denied a name change by Circuit Judge who, contrary to current Virginia law, said medical documentation was required for legal name changes. [ Read more → ]
Ken Cuccinelli

Federal appeals court rejects Va. AG’s request to reconsider ban on sodomy law

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
RICHMOND -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has denied a request by the Virginia Attorney General's office to appeal to a March decision that struck down state sodomy laws. [ Read more → ]
Ken CuccinelliPhoto: Gage Skidmore, Wikimedia Commons

Va. AG petitions federal appeals court to reinstate sodomy law

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, challenging a recent court ruling that struck down Virginia's sodomy laws. [ Read more → ]

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down Va. sodomy laws

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- A long-standing “Crimes against Nature” law, which criminalized anal and oral sex in Virgina, has been found unconstitutional by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. [ Read more → ]

Gay marriage supporters rally in Va. for annual Valentine’s Day demonstration

Thursday, February 14, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- About 50 people gathered in front of the John Marshall Court House Building in Richmond, Va. on Thursday for an annual Valentine's Day demonstration to support same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Subcommittee members (from left): Dels. Peter Farrell, Christopher Peace, Todd Gilbert, a legislative aide, and chair Barry Knight, who all voted against SB 701.Photo:

Bill protecting Virginia LGBT state employees killed in House subcommittee

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. – A measure to protect Virginia’s LGBT state employees from workplace discrimination, was killed by a state House subcommittee on Tuesday. [ Read more → ]

Virginia Senate approves bill to allow discrimination by university clubs

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- A bill that would allow publicly funded college groups to discriminate in their policies and membership has been approved in the Virginia state Senate. [ Read more → ]
Virgina lawmakers Sens. Adam Ebbin (left) and Donald McEachin.

Lawmakers, advocates gather to show support for Va. anti-discrimination bill

Thursday, January 17, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. -- Senators and LGBT organizers gathered at the Virginia General Assembly on Thursday to announce and show support for SB701 -- a law that would re-introduce sexual orientation into the list of protected classes for state employees. "LGBT Virginians aren't asking for special... [ Read more → ]
Sage Smith

The missing transgender woman, and what’s (not) being done

Monday, December 31, 2012
The Sage Smith story (or lack thereof) underlines in many ways the uphill struggle transgender individuals still face, even as gay people and lesbians make welcome strides in terms of equality. ... Moreover, neither the media nor the public seem to be entirely sure how to discuss transgender individuals; a 2008 GLAAD study found that only 1 in 8 respondents reported being acquainted with someone who was transgender. [ Read more → ]
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