Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Equality Virginia Hosting Virginia Values Forum

Equality Virginia is hosting the Virginia Values Forum the evening of Thursday, September 26 to address the legal discrimination Virginians experience on a daily basis and learn how to create a Commonwealth that reflects the values of fairness, dignity and respect.

The forum will take place at Capital One’s headquarters in McLean, VA. For those unable to attend in person, the event will be live-streamed online. The forum will feature a panel discussion comprised of local advocates, faith leaders, and legal experts who will talk about the impact of having statewide non-discrimination protections in housing, employment, and public places for gay and transgender Virginians. Panelists will also be answering questions by those in attendance and viewing remotely.

Members of the panel include the following:

  • Ann Murdoch served 24 years in the US Army, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and received many awards for her service. 
  • Bianca Humady Rey works as an Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Specialist and is also a devoted advocate and speaker for transgender people, including serving as the Chair of Capital Trans Pride. 
  • Raymond Eck is a small business owner and recently graduated from George Mason University with a Masters in Education with a focus in Counseling and Development.
  • The Honorable Lawrence Webb is currently in his second term as a member of the City of Falls Church School Board, where he served as Chair of the board from 2017 to 2019. 
  • Cathryn Oakley is the State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel at the Human Rights Campaign where she is responsible for advising legislators and advocates working to enact laws that further LGBTQ equality.
  • Rev. Daniel Willson has served as the Senior Pastor at Williamsburg Baptist Church since 2015 in addition to being a community organizer and writer.

If you can’t attend in-person, you can still stream the forum from the comfort of your home. All attendees (in person and virtual) are asked to RSVP for the event at the link below. If you choose to livestream, be sure to sign up by selecting “digitally/remote” so that Equality Virginia can email you the streaming details.

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