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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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Virginia Circuit Court appoints openly gay prosecutor to interim judgeship

| Thursday, June 14, 2012
Tracy Thorne-Begland
RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond Circuit Court on Thursday appointed openly gay Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland to fill one of several vacancies on the city District Court, just one month after the state’s General Assembly rejected his nomination.

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Virginia lawmaker says flying gay pride flag at Federal Reserve is a felony

| Friday, June 3, 2011
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The decision of the Federal Reserve Bank of Virginia on Wednesday to fly a gay pride flag in honor of LGBT pride month, has drawn criticism from conservative groups, and at least one state lawmaker who said flying the flag is a crime.

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