Equality Virginia

A nonprofit organization

$13,561 Raised by 302 Donors

100% complete

$12,000 Goal


Equality Virginia (EV) believes in a truly inclusive Commonwealth where all are equally welcomed and valued, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. EV works for the betterment of LGBTQ Virginians and strives to end discrimination, protect families, and build safe communities. To learn more, visit www.equalityvirginia.org.

The pandemic has been hard on everyone. We are continuing to support the LGBTQ community in Virginia and connect folks with national, statewide, and local resources. For more information on what is available in your area, go to www.equalityvirginia.org/news/covid-19/. We also want to name that the LGBTQ community has made the progress it has, largely from the contributions of our siblings of color, specifically Black transgender women. We hope that for every dollar you give to EV, you will also give to the incredible organizations in Virginia that are led by and primarily serve LGBTQ Virginians of color. (www.equalityvirginia.org/resources/political-social-organizations/)

This has been a landmark year for equality in Virginia. Here are a few of the successes we want to celebrate with you this GiveOUT Day: 

  • Virginia became the first state in the South to pass nondiscrimination protections in housing, employment, and public accommodations for LGBT people.
  • State-wide ban on conversion therapy for minors
  • Legislation passed that protects transgender students in schools
  • Health insurance companies can no longer discriminate against transgender Virginians
  • A third gender marker was added as an option on driver’s licenses
  • The General Assembly updated hate crime legislation to protect LGBT people
  • Virginia’s code no longer bans same-sex marriages and unions
  • And more!

But, we also know that there's still much more to be done so that LGBTQ Virginians can experience not just legal protections, but full, lived equality. The money we raise from GiveOUT Day will allow us to keep up the momentum by educating and supporting Virginians as laws are enacted, hosting regional town halls to discuss legislative priorities for 2021, and reformating programming like our TIES Pop-Ups and countless other events in the wake of COVID-19.

GiveOUT Day is extra important because additional grants will be given to the Southern states with the largest number of individual gifts. This means your donation can really go the distance!

Please spread the word: Tweet using #GiveOUTEV; send an email to your friends and families; and write a post on Facebook saying that you GaveOUT to Equality Virginia and asking others to do the same.  Be sure to include the link: http://bit.ly/1hpijUp

Equality Virginia is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Organization Information

Name

Equality Virginia

Employer id number (ein)

54-1950205

Address

530 East Main St Suite 600
Richmond, VA 23219