While I know that much of the news lately is filled with bleak COVID-19 information and rising death tolls, I want to share some positive news that happened only a short bit ago.
Governor Northam signed the Virginia Values Act into law today, making Virginia the FIRST state in the South to enact comprehensive protections for the LGBTQ community against discrimination in housing, employment, public spaces, and credit applications.
The passage of this law could not have been accomplished without the enormous effort of hundreds of people. A HUGE thank you goes out to Senator Adam Ebbin, Senator Jennifer Boysko, Senator Jennifer McClellan, Delegate Delores McQuinn, Equality Virginia, Human Rights Campaign, ACLU of Virginia, National Center for Transgender Equality, and many more. I am grateful to Governor Northam for signing this legislation, and to the broad coalition of dedicated advocates, legislators, constituents, faith leaders, and member of the business community who worked together this session to pass the most comprehensive civil rights bill in Virginia's history.
I couldn't be more excited that members of the LGBTQ community will finally have the protections they deserve to live, work, and access services free from discrimination and harassment. After decades of hard work, we are closer to making Virginia the Commonwealth that we all want it to be.