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LGBT Legislative Victories

​This was truly a landmark for advancing the rights of LGBT individuals in Virginia! 

The Virginia Values Act has passed both legislatures and has been signed into law by Governor Northam.  This historic act prohibits discrimination in employment and housing and in public spaces on the basic of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Similar bills had passed the Virginia Senate in previous sessions but were blocked in the House of Delegates.  Now, thanks to the tireless efforts of advocates and pro-equality legislators, this bill has become the law of the Commonwealth.  

In addition, HB696 allows localities to pass their own anti-discrimination measures and HB 1429 prohibits health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender Virginians.

Tracking Hate Crimes
Legislation is on its way to the Governor's desk to include within the definition of "hate crime" a criminal act committed against a person or the person's property because of disability, as defined in the bill, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identification and requires the reporting of the commission of such crime to the State Police.

Protecting Minors

Virginia's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students can expect more protections under laws recently signed by Governor Northam.  
A new law requires the Virginia Department of Education to develop and publish guidelines regulating the treatment of transgender students in elementary, middle and high schools. The guidelines will span topics including bullying, dress codes, school record-keeping and the use of bathrooms.  The department must finalize and publish its guidance by the end of this year, and school boards throughout the state must adopt the rules by the start of the 2021-2022 school year.  Up to now, a lack of consistent policies has meant wide variations in the treatment of transgender students in Virginia's schools.  Some have been treated well, but others, not so much.

In another victory for LGBT minors, conversion therapy for minors is now banned in Virginia.