Compiled by the Virginia Department of Health, this list supplies information on trans* friendly healthcare providers, therapists and counselors, and support services. Updated in late 2012, check it out if you need help finding providers in your area.
“Did you know that in Virginia you can be fired or not hired simply because of who you love? Virginia has no workplace discrimination law to protect the LGBT members of our community. Senate Bill 701, sponsored by Senators Don McEachin and Adam Ebbin would change that, codifying the basic human right of all state employees to be free from discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
Personal Note: Yes, the vandalizing occurred in Virginia. The unified assistance and support of local businesses also came from Virginia.
Don’t be silenced because your community acts out violently. Create and live in the world you want. Thank you, Richard. Thank you, Roanoke. Thank you to all the businesses that stepped in. Thank you for all the allies that stepped up. Thank you to the community that speaks out for their fellow “family.” Thank you, Ellen. Thank you, CoverGirl.
I wish everyone a Happy Roanoke Pride this weekend!
(And Roanoke, I am so happy to be a resident of your city.)
“On Wednesday, I went down to the courthouse to change my name. After all my research and apprehension, it was a very quick process. So I have written a lot about how to get your name changed. In Virginia, it is not a very hard process, most of the time not even requiring a hearing, just a signed order from a judge. Other states are more tricky. Here is a list of the laws and requirements by state.”
A Virginia bill that would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was defeated Monday. A committee in the Republican-dominated Senate rejected the bill 8-7. Republicans defeated a similar bill last year as well.
Opponents argued that the bill is unneeded because there is no evidence that gays and lesbians face discrimination now.