Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Library of Virginia

800 E. Broad Street | Richmond, VA 23219


Please note that after Friday, January 31 at noon (12:00pm), new registrants will not be able to buy lunch through Equality Virginia. We also cannot guarantee an appointment time with a legislator for any sign-ups after January 31 at noon. However, if someone from your legislative district has already registered, then there should be an appointment already made with your legislator that you can attend.

More about the 2020 Day of Action:

With your support in 2019, 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 an historic election, you helped change the leadership of the House of Delegates. We can now capitalize on this, not only ensuring the defeat of any law that discriminates against LGBT Virginians, but also ensure that the House of Delegates passes 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.

Day of Action 2020 Schedule

8:30 am Registration & Welcome
Meet your team at Day of Action Headquarters
Library of Virginia, 800 E Broad Street
9:15 am Lobby Your Legislators
Captains lead your group to the General Assembly Building
11:45 am Introductions on the Senate and House Floors
12:15 pm Lunch Break
Library of Virginia
1:00 pm Optional: Watch Senate vote on Virginia Values Act (SB 868)
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

Logistics for Day of Action:

Attire: Business or business casual

Parking:  The Library of Virginia offers limited free parking only on level E1 during the day. If the Library’s garage is full, the City of Richmond offers on- and off-street parking options, and a map to other parking decks is available at BestParking.com. The parking garage entrances at the Library of Virginia are located on 8th and 9th Streets and have a height restriction of 7 feet.  Both 8th and 9th Streets are one way streets.  Elevators will take you from the parking garage to the lobby of the library.  Parking validations are given in the lobby when leaving the library.

Accessibility: The Library of Virginia’s front entrance is ADA-accessible. There is also ADA-accessible parking in the library’s parking garage.

Priority Bills: We will prepare you to talk about several key bills before your meeting with your legislators. The Virginia Values Act (Senator Ebbin’s SB 868 and Delegate Sickles’ HB 1663) would ban discrimination in employment, housing, and employment for LGBT people and other Virginians. Both versions of the bill have passed in their committees, which means they’ll be up for a full floor vote this week and SB 868 will be heard in the Senate on our Day of Action!

In addition, we are focusing on bills to ban conversion therapy for minors (SB 245 and HB 386); to modernize the process of updating name and gender marker on VA birth certificates (SB 657 and HB 1041); and to require the Dep’t of Education to craft policies on creating an inclusive and safe environment for transgender students (SB 161 and HB 145).

If you want to go further, you are encouraged to discuss Delegate Roem’s HB 1429, which would ban health insurance discrimination against transgender people and Senator Surovell’s SB 246, which would require the DMV to offer an “X” gender marker.

Workshop Schedule:

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Conversion Therapy Ban, facilitated by Adam Trimmer and Casey Pick

Learn about the progress the General Assembly and the Virginia Health Profession Boards have been making to ban conversion therapy for minors. Hear a personal testimony from a ‘conversion therapy’ survivor and their advocacy experiences. You will leave with a deeper knowledge of national and state advocacy efforts to ban conversion therapy.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lobby Day Boot Camp, facilitated by Sadie Meadows and Margaret Hughes

This session is designed to prepare you with the tools you need to advocate for LGBT equality.  You will leave with an action plan on how you can advocate for LGBT equality both during and after the Virginia General Assembly. We’ve got lots to share with you – from campaign basics to concrete strategies for how you and build power in your area.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: LGBTQ Youth & Housing Instability, facilitated by CasSandra Calin and Ted Lewis

LGBT youth and young adults experience disproportionately high levels of homelessness. With limited access to shelters and potentially hostile environments, homelessness continues to be a problem for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults that needs to be addressed. Come learn about how Host Homes operate and how you can help reduce LGBTQ+ youth homelessness.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Navigating Religious Liberty in the LGBT Community, facilitated by Claire Gastañaga

This workshop will explain the status of and arguments against legislation and policies that seek to grant people and businesses a license to discriminate in the name of religious liberty. In Virginia and throughout the nation, we are all entitled to practice our religious faith free from government regulation, but that does not give anyone license to discriminate against others in the name of that faith.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: LGBT Healthy Relationships, facilitated by Kaylin Tingle and Kristen Tully

Creating and fostering connection is important to any human relationship. This workshop is designed to teach you how to identify red flags in relationships, understand the dynamics of power and control, how to engage in conflict resolution, the role of consent, and resources for you or others to seek help.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Recovery in the LGBT Community & REVIVE! Training, facilitated by Shauntelle Hammonds, Michelle Omowaiye and Lauren Powell

Advocates of the recovery community will discuss the challenges that LGBTQ community members face and the intersection of LGBTQ identities and addiction. The second half of the workshop will be the REVIVE! Training program which teaches audience members how to administer the lifesaving drug, Naloxone, to reverse an overdose.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Trauma Informed Care, facilitated by Melissa-Irene Jackson

What is trauma-informed care? No matter what role you have in your organization, trauma-informed care is something everyone can (and should!) learn. It impacts work with clients and patients, but it begins with our staff, colleagues, and coworkers. This 60 minute presentation will outline the basics and provide a foundation to begin understanding what it means to be trauma-informed.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Advocacy in Black Trans Communities, facilitated by Shauntelle Hammonds. Panelists include Aurora Higgs, Kelly Royster, and Lee Dyer

Despite multiple barriers, transgender and non-binary people of color continue to build power and resilience within their communities. Advocates will discuss the work they are doing locally for transgender communities of color as well as discuss opportunities for collective action. Attendees will leave with new connections, insight on the state of trans advocacy in communities of color.


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.

2020 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.

Cville Pride

Born Perfect

PFLAG Richmond

Hampton Roads Business OutReach

William & Mary

Farmville Pride


Black Transmen Inc.

He She Ze and We

Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond

Shenandoah Valley Equality

Transgender Veterans Support Group – Virginia

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond

Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia

Side by Side VA, Inc.

Virginia Anti-Violence Project

Transgender Education Association of Greater Washington

Trans-Latinx DMV

Alpha Omega Kappa Fraternity, Inc.

ACLU of Virginia

Virginia Organizing

Nationz Foundation

#GayAgenda LLC

Shenandoah LGBTQ Center

Medicine with Pride at VCU

Silver Rainbow


Equality Loudoun

OutWire 757/OutVirginia

Virginia Pride


Virginia Equality Bar Association

Health Brigade

Virginia Civic Engagement Table

Virginia Council on LGBTQ+

SW Virginia Poor People’s Campaign & Tree of Life Church

Richmond LGBTQ Chamber

LGBT Democrats of Virginia

Roanoke Pride & PRISM Foundation

Rappahannock Region Transgender Group (RRTG)

Tri-Cities Pride, Inc.