Tomorrow afternoon in Richmond, incoming House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn will join Virginia Values Coalition partners at a press conference to discuss plans to pass statewide LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. The Virginia Values Coalition, a group of statewide and national people and organizations, is advocating for a law during the 2020 General Assembly that would protect LGBTQ Virginians from discrimination in employment, housing and public spaces.
Under current Virginia law – as in 29 other U.S. states – LGBTQ people are not explicitly protected from discrimination, which means they can be fired, evicted or denied service in restaurants or stores. The Virginia Values Coalition is calling on state lawmakers to pass bipartisan, common sense laws to protect LGBTQ Virginians from discrimination in their daily lives.
Virginia Values Coalition partners participating in tomorrow’s event include the following:
- Equality Virginia
- Human Rights Campaign
- Freedom for All Americans
- ACLU of Virginia
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- Nationz Foundation
- Local community advocates, faith leaders and business owners
The press conference will take place in the House Briefing Room in the Pocahontas Building at 900 E. Main St., Richmond, VA
The Virginia Values Coalition was founded on the shared belief that discrimination is wrong and that we are called to treat others as we want to be treated. Members include national and regional organizations, along with faith leaders, parents, law enforcement officers, veterans and people of all political ideologies committed to protecting their LGBTQ neighbors from discrimination. The Virginia Values Coalition will advocate in the next General Assembly for statewide nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ Virginians in employment, housing, and public spaces like stores or restaurants. To join the Virginia Values Coalition, visit www.vavalues.org.