Resources for Connecting with Local Leaders

EV believes that change starts at the local level. Learn more about the leaders in your community—from school board members to mayors—and why it’s important to talk them about the issues that matter to you.

Local Leaders for Fairness

The majority of Virginians and business leaders in the Commonwealth agree that including protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, public accommodations, and the workplace makes Virginia a more welcoming and inclusive place.

However, Virginia has no such protections. Equality Virginia engages with leaders at every level of government to advocate for the basic human right of all LGBT individuals to be free from discrimination.

Click here to see a list of local officials who have signed Equality Virginia’s statement supporting legislation to protect LGBT in the areas of housing, public accommodations, and the workplace.

Local School Board Work

District Map Updated 09.26.2016Equality Virginia believes that all students and school employees have the right to feel safe in their educational environment or workplace, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. The map below shows the Virginia counties where students and staff are protected from discrimination and those counties where there is work still to be done.

Our Safe Schools work includes providing educational documents and personal stories, facilitating training, phone calls, letters, and meetings with school board members and administrative officials, sending membership emails, and participation in public forums. Protecting students and employees in schools takes teamwork, to find out how you be a part of the changes be made be emailing us at [email protected].