Monday, February 5, 2018
Library of Virginia

800 E. Broad Street | Richmond, VA 23219



More about the 2018 Day of Action:

With your support in 2017, Equality Virginia defeated all anti-LGBT bills and saw bills protecting LGBT Virginians in employment and housing pass with bipartisan support in the Senate. In 2018, we can capitalize on past successes, not only ensuring the defeat of any law that discriminates against LGBT Virginians but also demand the House of Delegates pass the same protections as the Senate.

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 2017 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 to recognize supportive General Assembly members. We hope that you will join us for this unique opportunity to mingle with Virginia’s legislators and other supporters of LGBT equality. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served. This is a free event open to the public, but advanced registration is required. If you plan to only attend the Legislative Reception and not the Day of Action, please register separately here.

Day of Action 2018 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 pm in Room B
What is PFLAG all about?

For over four decades, PFLAG has provided support to families and allies of LGBT people, through peer-to-peer meetings, community education, and public advocacy. But, more than that, for many people, their local PFLAG chapter has become their extended family. Across Virginia, almost a dozen PFLAG chapters exist and the panelists in this session will explore the challenges and strengths of their own chapters and discuss the steps that you can take to create a chapter in your area.

1:00-2:00 pm in the Auditorium
Genderqueer 101

The National Center for Transgender Equality’s 2015 US Trans Survey showed that a third of transgender people identify as non-binary! Attendees of this session will leave with a better knowledge of who non-binary people are, definitions and context to help you become a better non-binary ally, and an overview of needs and barriers specific to non-binary people.

2:00-3:00 pm in Room B
Transgender Advocacy Speaker’s Bureau

Equality Virginia is connecting people across the state with the trans community through this speaker’s bureau. Rather than facilitate an educational program, members of the speaker’s bureau simply tell their own personal journey stories. In this session, you’ll get the chance to hear from and connect with Andrew, a member of the speaker’s bureau living here in Richmond. This session will also include an in-depth Q&A and information on how you can invite a speaker’s bureau member to facilitate a presentation in your own community.

2:00-3:00 pm in the Auditorium
Speaking Justice From a Grounded Faith

Ending spiritual violence and systemic oppression isn’t just about the Bible, but it is a good place to start. Join Soulforce to learn how to create your own faith-based narrative of LGBTQI inclusion and justice, and unpack the myths of Biblical literalism and inerrancy. From this conversation, we hope you will increase your biblical literacy, intensify your passion for combating Bible-based violence, and feel more prepared to have challenging conversations about the Bible and justice.

3:00-4:00 pm in the Auditorium
Your Personal Story as an Advocate

Whether you are speaking with your state legislator or your local school board member, it is important to have a polished personal story to share that explains “the why.” There are key qualities that every personal story should encompass, and this session will help you to develop and practice those skills. Whether you are a novice or expert advocate, this interactive session will have tips for everyone to hone their personal story.

3:00-5:00 pm in Room B
Navigating Difficult Conversations

The Richmond Peace Education Center will facilitate this two-hour session. In this workshop, we will focus on crafting and employing strategies to navigate difficult conversations with both adversaries as well as allies. During our time together, we will explore topics around nonviolent communication through, individual reflection, group activities, and role plays.

4:00-5:00 pm in the Auditorium
Healing Ourselves, Healing Our World: Building inclusive LGBTQ advocacy through racial justice

This session will explore how LGBTQ spaces can be more racially inclusive. We will examine privilege, particularly in terms of race and also as it intersects with other social identities such as nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, class, ability status, etc. This examination serves to: build an understanding of how examining privilege is a necessary first step in dismantling oppression; exploring the ways in which whiteness, white privilege, and white supremacy function in our world; engage in critical self-reflexivity; and, begin developing commitments/practices that vision a just world.

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 2018, please contact Equality Virginia at [email protected] If you are a non-profit organization interested in learning more about direct lobbying guidelines, please click here to view our fact sheet!

ACLU of Virginia
Alliance for a Progressive Virginia
Charlottesville Pride Community Network
Diversity Richmond
Equality Loudoun
Equality Prince William
Equality Stafford
FCPS Pride
Hampton Roads Business OutReach – HRBOR
LGBT Democrats of Virginia
Local and Vocal
Lynchburg Diversity Center
Nationz Foundation
NOVA Pride
Old Furnace Artist Residency
Peninsula Indivisible
People of Faith for Equality in Virginia-Northern Virginia Network
PFLAG-Norfolk/South Hampton Roads
PFLAG Blue Ridge
Progress Virginia
Richmond Business Alliance
Richmond Lesbian-Feminists
Richmond Transformers
Roanoke Pride
Shenandoah Valley Equality
Side by Side
Transgender Education Association of Greater Washington D.C.
Transgender Health Alliance of Central Virginia
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice
Us Giving RVA Connection
Virginia Anti-Violence Project
Virginia Equality Bar Association
Virginia Organizing
Virginia Parents of Transgender Youth
Virginia Pride