Equality Virginia’s Day of Action

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 | Library of Virginia
800 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23219

Click here to register!


More about the 2017 Day of Action:

In 2016 we saw some great legislative successes: we successfully passed bills in the Senate to protect LGBT Virginians in employment and housing, and defeated a record 9 anti-LGBT bills. But there’s a lot of work to do before Virginia has full LGBT equality!  The Day of Action is all about empowering LGBT and allied Virginians to create positive change, meet legislators and discuss bills important to the LGBT community, and attend workshops hosted by some of the area’s top attorneys and fellow activists. The day ends with a festive Legislative Reception, where we are joined by a number of legislators for LGBT equality and others who have made our issues their priority. Click here to register.

 Click to see photos from the 2016 Day of Action and Legislative Reception!

Legislative Reception

Following our Day of Action, we celebrate with an evening reception to thank our volunteers and membership and recognize our General Assembly.  To attend this reception following the event, select the option below. This is a free event open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Mingle with Virginia’s pro-equality legislators and other supporters of the movement. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served. If you cannot make it to the Day of Action, but would like to attend the evening event, you can register for the Legislative Reception only here.

Day of Action 2017 Schedule:

8:30 am to
9:15 am
Registration & Welcome
Meet your team at Day of Action Headquarters
Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad Street
9:30 am Lobby Your Legislators
Captains lead your group to the General Assembly Building
12:15 pm Lunch Break
Library of Virginia, Room TBD,  open to everyone
1:00 pm to
5:00 pm
Workshop Sessions
Learn how you can be part of the change and move equality forward in Virginia
5:30 pm to
7:30 pm
Equality Virginia Legislative Reception
Enjoy Refreshments and rub elbows with legislators in the General Assembly
Library of Virginia Lobby

Afternoon Workshops

1:00-2:00 [Room B] LGBT Equality and Faith Communities: What’s Next?
While anti-LGBT religious voices figure prominently in the news, they have a disproportionate presence. This panel explores the perspective of religious leaders who support the LGBT community and have welcoming congregations.

1:00-2:00 [Auditorium]  LGBTQ Students Safe at School
All kids should have the opportunity to do well in school and graduate. While administrators are waiting for the Supreme Court decision regarding the Gloucester County bathroom policy, steps are already being taken to help LGBTQ students thrive.

2:00-3:00 [Room B] LGBT Self-Care: Growing Roots and Watering Them
It’s important to create safe and brave spaces where we take time for ourselves. This workshop offers guidelines for radical and intentional self-care to help you avoid burnout, set healthy boundaries, and tap into your creativity.

2:00-3:00 [Auditorium] Reasons to Get Excited for State Elections!
All 100 House seats, plus the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general are up for election in 2017. We need to make sure that pro-LGBT officials get elected and it’s easier than you think to get involved.

3:00-4:00 [Room B] The ABC’s of Grassroots Organizing
You don’t have to have a fancy title or tons of experience to volunteer in your own backyard. Door-to-door canvassing and phone banking are fun and easy ways to empower community members to vote. You can make a difference!

3:00-4:00 [Auditorium] Be EMPOWERed (Part 1)
We will explore seven tips to EMPOWER you in your social and political activism from your own unique intersections of identity. EMPOWER is an acronym for the seven tips: enter, map, pursue, own, watch, engage, and renew.

4:00-5:00 [Room B] Activate Your Power (Part 2)
This hands-on workshop will allow participants to practice the 7 EMPOWER tips through activities, role play, and Q&A.

4:00-5:00 [Auditorium] HIV Stigma and Discrimination
Discrimination puts LGBT people at risk for HIV infection and burdens those already living with HIV. This panel will address some of the root causes of stigma and explore strategies to build awareness, access, and advocacy.

Thank you to our Day of Action Co-Sponsors!

As a community co-sponsor, we simply ask that you help to spread the word about this important day. With your help, we can make sure that the Day of Action is widely attended by LGBT Virginians, allies, and advocates from across the state!  To learn more about being a co-sponsor for Day of Action 2017, please contact Equality Virginia at

AARP Virginia
ACLU of Virginia
Alliance for a Progressive Virginia
DC Area Transmasculine Society
Diversity Richmond
Gender Expression Movement
GLSEN Richmond
Hampton Roads Business OutReach (HRBOR)
Hampton Roads Pride
He She Ze and We
LGBT Center of Hampton Roads
LGBT Democrats of VA
Lynchburg Diversity Center
Norfolk Trans Masc Group
NOVA Pride
Old Furnace Artist Residency
PFLAG Blue Ridge
PFLAG Norfolk/South Hampton Roads
PFLAG of Winchester and the Lower Shenandoah Valley
Progress Virginia
Richmond Business Alliance 
Richmond Lesbian Feminists
Roanoke Pride
Shenandoah Valley Equality
Side by Side
T-Gurlz Rock
TransFormations ~ MCC of Northern Virginia Trans Ministry
Transgender Health Alliance of Central Virginia
Unite Virginia, LLC
Virginia Anti-Violence Project
Virginia Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Organizing
Virginia Pride