‘Virginia Beach for Fairness’ Coalition Launches to Fight for Statewide Nondiscrimination Protections in VA

By Shane Stahl • July 18, 2018 • 1:38 pm

Today, a new coalition known as Virginia Beach For Fairness launched in the Old Dominion State as part of a new local effort to fight for the passage of statewide nondiscrimination protections by the state legislature in 2019.

The coalition is comprised of faith leaders, parents, law enforcement officers, veterans, and people of all political ideologies committed to making Virginia a safe place for all people.

Michael Berlucchi, Kathy Hinson, and Tracey Swinarsky, serving as co-chairs of the campaign, offered in a statement:

“Virginia Beach has historically led our state toward equality for all. Virginia Beach was the first city in the state to pass a safe schools policy and is one of the few to have a nondiscrimination ordinance on the books. Both policies include protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. It’s time once again for Virginia Beach to move our state forward to ensure that all of us are welcome to live, work and play in Virginia.”

Virginia is one of 30 states without comprehensive statewide protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. However, the state made headlines in 2017 when voters elected an openly transgender person to a state legislature, Danica Roem. In recent years lawmakers have built momentum for LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination, including by advancing laws prohibiting anti-LGBTQ discrimination in housing and employment through a chamber of the legsilature.

Freedom for All Americans is proud to support the efforts of local organizers of Virginia Beach for Fairness. To learn more about the coalition, visit their website here.

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