Content Filed Under: West Virginia

All relevant news and information regarding LGBTQ non-discrimination in The Mountain State.


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Equality Act needs to become law

Charleston Gazette-Mail • June 29, 2021, 11:43 am This year, the conversation around federal nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans has reached an all-time fever pitch, with Republicans and Democrats alike bringing legislation to the table. As a young Republican, I’m grateful to see the bipartisan appetite to tackle this issue, and I know the conversation couldn’t be more welcome here in West Virginia. In West Virginia, and in many other states, LGBTQ people are left vulnerable to discrimination in a wide range of areas, from housing to public spaces to health care. And the fastest way to address this failing is to pass the Equality Act, federal legislation that would deliver clear, consistent protections for all LGBTQ people in every state.
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We Have a Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Protect LGBTQ People From Discrimination. Will the Senate Take It?

TIME • May 21, 2021, 3:49 pm It’s been just over 40 years since the assassination of Harvey Milk, the trailblazing gay activist who became one of the country’s first out LGBTQ public officials when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. And on May 22 we mark the pioneer’s birthday with Harvey Milk Day. In the time since his death, hundreds of LGBTQ people have been elected to public office in the United States and around the world. The country has changed indelibly, opening its hearts and minds to the LGBTQ community.
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Capito, Manchin can show bipartisan support for fairness

Charleston Gazette-Mail • January 16, 2021, 11:53 am The rioters who stormed Washington, D.C., earlier this month, goaded on by President Donald Trump, didn’t only take a hammer to the windows and doors of the Capitol. They also drowned out some of the most welcome news I’ve heard in months — that finally, a pro-equality Senate had been elected, with LGBTQ-supportive Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, both Georgia Democrats, claiming victory in their runoff races.
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What to Expect When You’re Electing: 2020

By Shane Stahl • November 2, 2020, 9:51 am Not only is the highest office in the land up for grabs, but newly elected officials could consider and pass federal and state legislation to protect LGBTQ people in key areas of everyday life including housing, employment, and public spaces.
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This Week in Nondiscrimination: New Hampshire One Step Closer to Full Equality, But Bad News in VA and WV

By Shane Stahl • March 2, 2018, 3:26 pm Fights heat up in Georgia and New Hampshire, West Virginia defeats a bad bill, and Virginia kills a nondiscrimination amendment this week in nondiscrimination.
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This Week in Non-Discrimination: Historic Hearings, Bipartisan Support Grows, and Combatting More Bad Bills

By Shane Stahl • February 2, 2018, 5:28 pm The latest news about LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination in the states, from the week of January 29-February 2!
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Morgantown, West Virginia City Council Unanimously Approves LGBTQ Protections

By Adam Polaski • October 20, 2017, 4:29 pm This week, on October 16, the City Council in Morgantown, West Virginia voted unanimously to adopt an LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
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After Months of Digging in on Anti-LGBT HB2, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is Poised to Lose Reelection Bid

By Adam Polaski • November 10, 2016, 2:17 pm Beyond North Carolina, there were other bright spots last night that we should remember. These local victories are reminders that we can and will continue making progress in our communities.
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LGBT Groups Launch Petition Drive Against Anti-Transgender Lawsuit

By Adam Polaski • October 5, 2016, 11:35 am Today Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) and more than a dozen state equality campaigns and organizations across the country launched a petition drive calling out attempts to roll back existing protections for transgender Americans.
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In 2016 Republican Leaders in Three States Have Rejected Anti-LGBT Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • March 30, 2016, 10:23 am Now more than ever, Republican leaders are decisively rejecting attempts to codify discrimination against LGBT people. In the past month alone, Republicans in three states have rejected such efforts – in South Dakota, West Virginia, and Georgia.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: As the Nation Pushes Back, Lawmakers Quietly Abandon Anti-LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • February 26, 2016, 5:03 pm While we took big steps forward in defeating anti-LGBT measures this week, however, several heinous bills are dangerously close to becoming law. Here's a look:
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: With Anti-LGBT Bills Advancing, Here’s How We’re Pushing Back

By Adam Polaski • February 13, 2016, 12:06 pm This week, several anti-LGBT bills advanced – and momentum continued to build as fair-minded Americans voiced clear commitment to the fight.
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This Week in Non-Discrimination: Where Pro-LGBT Bills and Discriminatory Legislation Advanced

By Adam Polaski • February 4, 2016, 3:31 pm We're in the middle of legislative sessions in nearly every state in the country – and as legislators debate vital issues for their local communities, LGBT issues and bills related to non-discrimination protections have emerged as significant priorities.
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City Council in Lewisburg, WV Unanimously Adopts LGBT Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • February 2, 2016, 11:26 am "With tonight’s vote, Lewisburg has joined the growing list of inclusive cities that want to ensure that all residents may live and work free from discrimination."
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This Week in Non-Discrimination: Legislatures Across the Country Consider LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • January 28, 2016, 6:23 pm It's been a busy week for the movement to win LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections – and defend against attempts to codify discrimination into state statute. Here's a look at what's going on in state legislatures.