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Building Bridges: One gay Mormon who’s found his voice

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Rand Irons
Rand Irons looks ready for a black name tag and matching conservative grey suit. But you won’t see him walking door to door with Mormon Church pamphlets in hand, nor will he get his chance to travel the world in the name of his faith spreading the message of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints...

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Hospitalized teen charged with assault after fighting back against bullying

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Eric-Martin
HENRICO, Va. -- A Virginia teen is facing assault charges despite being brutally beaten in an altercation at his high school that left him hospitalized for nine days. Eric Martin a student at Highland Springs High School in Henrico, Va., suffered a long list of injuries, including a head injury and a broken hand, according to his mother Mary Martin...

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McAuliffe becomes Virginia’s first sitting governor to attend LGBT pride

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-Va.) at Virginia Pridefest, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.
RICHMOND, Va. -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Saturday became the first sitting governor of the state to attend Virginia’s annual LGBT Pridefest. “It’ a new day in Virginia, I can tell you that folks,” said McAuliffe, speaking in front of thousands of enthusiastic and LGBT Virginians and allies. “I was the first elected official in the south to come out to come out for marriage ...

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‘Richmond is Out’ campaign targets LGBT travelers

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- "Richmond is out!" That's the message of a new tourism campaign aimed at LGBT travelers. The goal is to let them know the city is open, accepting and a great place to visit. The campaign is set to run through October 31 to correspond with the pride festival at the end of September.

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

Sunday, January 5, 2014
Va. House of Delegates
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.

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Richmond approves symbolic same-sex partner benefits ordinance

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
GayRVA.comLocal residents line up to speak at Monday's city council meeting in Richmond, Va.
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.

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Va. medical center to operate clinic exclusive to LGBT community

Friday, August 16, 2013
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RICHMOND Va. -- The Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center will open a behavioral health medication management clinic next week, the first in the region established exclusive to the LGBT community.

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Virginia’s first openly gay judge sworn in after being rejected last year

Saturday, March 2, 2013
Tracy Thorne-Begland
RICHMOND, Va. -- Tracy Thorne-Begland, a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot and Deputy Commonwealth's attorney for the city of Richmond, was sworn in Friday as Virginia's first openly gay judge.

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

Thursday, February 14, 2013
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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.

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Gay judge confirmed by Va. General Assembly after being rejected last year

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Tracy Thorne-Begland
RICHMOND, Va. -- The GOP-controlled Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday voted to confirm the interim appointment of an openly gay judge to the Richmond General District Court. Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland will remain on the bench after being approved in the House by a margin...

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