Victoria Kidd

 

Victoria Kidd

Victoria Kidd is an activist, speaker, writer, and entrepreneur who lives in Winchester, Virginia with her wife and daughter. She is active in local community and statewide activism efforts, as well as global humanitarian causes. Her primary focus has been on efforts to improve the quality of life for LGBTQ individuals.

Victoria’s advocacy work for LGBTQ people began in the 1990s, but she is likely best known for her determined work around issues of marriage equality. Most notably, Victoria and her wife, Christy, were two of the eight plaintiffs represented in oral arguments before the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court when it considered the marriage equality issue in 2014. The case paved the way for couples in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to marry.​

After graduating from East Carolina University with a degree in sociology, Victoria went on to earn an MBA. While living in Ohio, she met Christy, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who was working as a contractor for NASA, in 2004. They moved to Northern Virginia in 2005 and quickly fell in love with the community that the couple has worked tirelessly to give back to.

In 2011 they married in Washington D.C and had their daughter the following year. Their marriage, however, was not legally recognized in Virginia, and Victoria’s parental rights were unclear at best. They felt the very real impact of Virginia’s ban on marriage equality when a nurse at the hospital where their daughter was born refused to put Victoria on the birth certificate, leaving the space for the second parent blank. While the marriage ban unnecessarily complicated the day-to-day activities associated with raising a young child, it also established an atmosphere of discrimination in the Commonwealth. Victoria and Christy’s simple desire to be treated equally and without bias while going about their everyday lives led to their involvement in the marriage equality case.

Victoria’s role in that case put her in a position to be a representative of so many couples who were denied a basic right. Her time in a very visible and very public advocacy role has led her to meet countless loving couples and hear their stories. The experience allowed her not only the opportunity to learn from those amazing stories but also a chance to understand how small, revolutionary acts can impact our world forever.

A longtime supporter of Equality Virginia, she greatly helped the organization’s outreach efforts in Winchester, hosting CookOUTS for Marriage Equality, and advocating at our annual Day of Action which takes issues affecting LGBTQ Virginians directly to their elected leaders.

Today, she is the co-owner of the Hideaway Café, a safe-space coffee house and community organizing ground zero location in Winchester, VA. The café is committed to ensuring patrons enjoy a safe space regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, etc. The café has been open for one year, and it has already led programs that have enabled her and her business partners to donate more than $4,000 back to their local community—an amount raised through the sales of one cup of coffee at a time. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the ACLU of Virginia and the LGBTQ Democrats of Virginia. Additionally, she also volunteers with numerous community organizations, host annual food drives, and otherwise works to generate funds and awareness for causes important to her and her family.