Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Library of Virginia

800 E. Broad Street | Richmond, VA 23219



More about the 2019 Day of Action:

With your support in 2018, Equality Virginia highlighted the importance of anti-discrimination bills during the General Assembly.  With your help, all throughout the year, we have been sending in postcards written by you to tell the Speaker of the House that it is time to pass these important laws. In 2019, we can capitalize on these 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 that have passed the Senate every year since 2015.

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 2018 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 2019 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
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 Descriptions

Federal Review: At the federal level, we are consistently seeing the Administration roll back standards and regulations that negatively impact LGBT community members across the country. This session will give attendees an update on recent actions taken by the Administration and you will learn what these changes mean for you, your family, and community. This session will allow ample time for Q&A and provide attendees with next steps they can take to impede these rollbacks.

Equality Virginia Inside Scoop: What are the next steps for LGBT equality in VA?  Join Equality Virginia’s Executive Director, James Parrish, to learn about our strategy for the remainder of the 2019 General Assembly session and our plans for the remainder of the year and start of 2020. We’ll include an overview of our recent successes and provide you with ways you can get involved to make a difference.

Employment Readiness: This workshop will take the usual employment readiness advice presented to a person about to hit the job market and look at it critically through the lens of a transgender person’s experience. This workshop will discuss ways to overcome the potential roadblocks when navigating employment opportunities and review options available if you experience discrimination. We will also cover content ranging from using your legal or chosen name on application materials, deciding which job offer to accept, to the state of employment law and protections for transgender people.

Community Action: How You Can Make a Difference on the Ground in Your Community: You don’t have to wait for our Day of Action each year to get involved in advocacy work. Join Equality Virginia for an interactive workshop to learn more about how you can increase LGBT visibility in your own hometown 365 days of the year. If you are a member of an LGBT group, come ready to share your own projects and connect with community members in your area. You will leave with actionable next steps you can take, plus you’ll get to know an expanded network of advocates who you can continue to collaborate with and learn from all-year-round.

The Bible: An Open Discussion Around How it is Used to Hurt and Heal: Join us for an open discussion facilitated by LGBTQ-identified clergy as we explore this often conflicted intersection between religion and our sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Many of our community members have experienced the Bible being used as a tool to hurt them, but it most certainly can be used to heal as well. Dive into scripture through an LGBTQ lens through this open dialogue.

Experiences Beyond the Binary: The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)’s 2015 U.S. Trans Survey showed that a third of transgender people identify as non-binary, gender conforming, genderqueer or otherwise not within the binary categories of man and woman. This panel discussion will explore the diversity and complexity of the lived experiences of individuals who identify outside of the binary. Panelists will speak on their experiences as non-binary people and allow plenty of time for Q&A dialogue with the audience.

Safe Schools: Join Side by Side, members from their Youth Speakers Bureau and community advocates to learn about what’s happening at the local level to ensure schools are safe and inclusive learning environments for LGBT students. Hear stories from current and former youth on how they navigated school settings and advice they have for students, parents, and community advocates when moving forward.

2019 Day of Action Co-Sponsors

If you are interested in becoming a Co-Sponsor, please complete this brief form.  As a Co-Sponsor, we simply ask your organization to spread the word about this important day to your members. No financial obligation is required to be a Co-Sponsor. With your support, we can make sure that the Day of Action is widely attended by LGBT Virginians, allies, and advocates from across the state.

Charlottesville Pride Community Network
Diversity Richmond
Farmville Pride
GLSEN Richmond
Hampton Roads Business OutReach
Hampton Roads Pride
Health Brigade, formerly Fan Free Clinic
Human Rights Campaign
Ladies and Gents of the Blue Ridge
LGBT Democrats of Virginia
Lynchburg Diversity Center
PFLAG of Richmond
PFLAG South Hampton Roads
Progress Virginia
Richmond Business Alliance
Richmond Lesbian-Feminists
Richmond Triangle Players
Shenandoah Valley Equality
Side by Side
Transgender Assistance Program
Transgender Education Association of Greater Washington, D.C.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
Virginia Anti-Violence Project
Virginia Pride
Virginia Organizing
Winchester Pride Celebration