TOMORROW: Virginia House Committee Takes Up LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections

January 30, 2019 • 2:18 pm

RICHMOND — Bipartisan bills to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination will be heard tomorrow, January 31st by House General Laws committee in Virginia. HB 2677 would provide nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in housing and HB 2067 would provide protections for LGBTQ people in public employment. Similar bills have passed the Republican-controlled state senate for the past four and six years respectively, including earlier this month. Advocates are confident the bills have the support needed to pass if they reach the House floor.

Members of Equality Virginia, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) will gather at the Statehouse tomorrow at 1:30 PM before the General Laws committee to call on the Virginia House of Delegates to give LGBT nondiscrimination legislation a full and fair hearing and send these bills to the House floor..

WHO: LGBTQ Virginians and their families, faith leaders, small business owners, and community leaders.

WHAT: House General Laws committee hearing on legislation to prohibit discrimination against LGBT people in public employment and housing. Spokespeople will be available for media before or after the hearing.

WHERE: Virginia State Capitol, General Laws Committee chamber

WHEN: Thursday, January 31st at 1:30 pm

RSVP: If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Nick.Morrow@hrc.org

“This is the year Republicans and Democrats will come together to pass protections for gay and transgender Virginians,” said James Parrish, Executive Director of Equality Virginia. “Virginia voters understand that equality is not a Republican or Democratic value – it’s a Virginia value. It’s time for the House of Delegates to finally take up and pass these bills. It’s not controversial, it’s common sense.”

“LGBTQ equality is not about partisan politics – it’s about people,” said Masen Davis, CEO of Freedom for All Americans. “It’s clear that Virginians from all walks of life want to see their neighbors protected from discrimination. Lawmakers in the Virginia House of Delegates must seize this opportunity to join elected leaders from all across the country – and all across the political spectrum – by taking action to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in their daily lives.”

“It is clear that there is widespread, bipartisan support for legislation that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing and public employment in the commonwealth of Virginia,” said Sarah Warbelow, legal director for the Human Rights Campaign. “As more Virginians and business leaders add their voices the growing majority who want to protect their friends and neighbors from discrimination, we have to ask the House of Delegates: what are you waiting for?”

Equality Virginia is the leading advocacy organization in Virginia seeking equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. EV believes in a truly inclusive Commonwealth where all are equally valued, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, and a Virginia that is a safe, welcoming, and equal place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families to live, work, and play.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans, Democrats, and Independents; businesses large and small; people of faith; and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

 


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