Equality Virginia Voices

 

Many people do not realize that there are currently no laws protecting Virginians on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. All people should be treated fairly and equally, which is why folks across the Commonwealth are publicly voicing their support for passing nondiscrimination bills in housing and public employment.  While over time, support has grown for gay issues, many people are still learning about the lives and experiences of transgender people. One story at a time, we are helping to build understanding and support for Virginia’s transgender community. Nobody should have to live in fear of being fired or denied housing because of their gender identity. Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like to voice your support.

Amber

from Loudon, VA

My name is Amber. I’m a 28-year-old quality assurance associate, I enjoy playing table top and video games, and I’m a trans woman.

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Daniel

from Williamsburg, VA

I’m Daniel, and I'm the pastor at Williamsburg Baptist Church.

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Michelle

from Richmond, VA

I’m Michelle. I’m a lifelong Virginian, a home school educator, and mother of six. One of my children is transgender.

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Peter

from Lynchburg, VA

I’m Peter, and I’m a 26 year old veterinary technician. I’ve lived in Lynchburg my whole life, and I’m a transgender man.

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Nyonna

from Portsmouth, VA

I’m Nyonna. I’m an advocate, a peer educator, a motivational speaker, and a transgender woman.

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Charlotte

from Sterling, VA

My name is Charlotte. I am a mother, a hospice volunteer, and I'm a trans ally.

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Karen

from Loudoun County, VA

My name is Karen. I am a software engineer, a wife, and a transgender woman.

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Tracey

from Virginia Beach, VA

I'm Tracey. I enjoy performing stand-up comedy, and I’m on the board of directors at my church. I am a transgender woman.

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Stephen

from Charlottesville, VA

My name is Stephen. I am a chaplain and the executive director of The Haven, and I am an ally.

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Carolyn

from Virginia Beach, VA

I'm Carolyn. I’m a retired librarian living in Virginia Beach and I’m married to a trans woman.

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J.C.

from Virginia Beach, VA

My name is J.C. I’m an artist, a husband, a community advocate, and a transgender man.

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Ann

from Springfield, VA

My name is Ann. I've been married for 26 years, I am an Army veteran, and I am a transgender woman.

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Bryan

from Ashburn, VA

I'm Bryan, I’m 34-years-old, I’m a political advocacy organizer and an ally to transgender people.

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Donna

from Scottsville, VA

My name is Donna. I am 64 years old, a lawyer, retired Navy, and I am a trans woman.

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Emily

from Glade Spring, VA

I’m Emily, I’m 42 years old, I’m going back to school for a degree in social work, and I’m an ally to transgender people.

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Robin

from Alexandria, VA

My name is Robin. I’m a voracious reader, a board game enthusiast, and a parent.  I am also a non-binary person.

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Theodore

from Roanoke, VA

I'm Theodore. I am a big Harry Potter fan, I love artisan donuts, and I’m the proud dad of two dogs and one feisty cat. I am also a transgender man.

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Simon

from Williamsburg, VA

My name is Simon. I’m a college professor, and I’m the father of a transgender daughter.

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Shawana

from North Chesterfield, VA

My name is Shawana. I am a mother of three children, a mentor, and an advocate for everyone, including transgender people.

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Willow

from Herndon, VA

My name is Willow. I work in cyber-security, I’m a wife and parent, and I’m a transgender woman.

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Austin

from Richmond, VA

My name is Austin. I am an educator, a graduate student, a community advocate, and a transfeminine non-binary person.

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L.E.

from Richmond, VA

My name is L.E. I am an improv performer, a workshop presenter, and a transgender woman. 

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Lance

from Henrico, VA

My name is Lance. I am a lifelong Henrico resident, a software engineer, and a father to two children, one of whom is a transgender girl. 

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Michelle

from Mechanicsville, VA

My name is Michelle. I’m 45-years-old, I work as a project manager, and someone in my family is trans.

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Katelyn

from Newport News, VA

I'm Katelyn. I'm 30-years-old, I dance ballet, I'm a comic book nerd, and I like to watch roller derby. I'm also a transgender woman.

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Anthony

from Fredericksburg, VA

My name is Anthony. I’m a first year college student studying political science, I’m an artist, and I’m trans-masculine.

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Nikki

from Virginia Beach, VA

My name is Nikki. I am a mother of two and I am very active in my community. I am also a transgender ally.

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Molly

from Richmond, VA

I'm Molly and I'm 36-years-old. I love supporting my local women’s basketball teams, and I enjoy creative writing. I am also a transgender woman.

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Jade

from Waynesboro, VA

My name is Jade. I am 32-years-old and I’m from Waynesboro. I have two Shetland Sheepdogs and I enjoy playing video games. I am also a transgender woman.

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Donna

from Aylett, VA

My name is Donna. I am retired now, but I was a police officer, detective, and licensed master electrician.  I am also a transgender woman.

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Edva

from Chester, VA

My name is Edva. I am a social worker, a graduate of UC Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs!), proudly Jewish, and I am also an ally to the transgender community.

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Charley

from Charlottesville, VA

My name is Charley. I love baking and reading. I’m very involved in the recovery community in Charlottesville. I am also a transgender man.

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