Equality Virginia’s Day of Action is Next Tuesday 1/29/13
Think Virginia doesn’t have a chance at equal marriage laws? Feel like you’re too small to change anything? Think again! Equality Virginia, a statewide LGBT outreach program that is intent on making a difference, is holding it’s (second?) annual Day Of Action next Tuesday, 1/29/13.
Formerly known as Lobby Day, the event is an opportunity for the community to come together with pro-equality lawmakers and organizations. The day includes a “Lobby Your Legislators” seminar, a large array of workshop sessions, and a meet and greet reception. “It’s so impactful when delegates and senators can meet gay and lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people face to face,” says Kevin Clay, Director of Equality Virginia.
“Some of these folks(legislators) live in rural areas where they don’t have a lot of exposure to the lesbian and gay community,” Clay explains. “It’s about opening their eyes and educating them about the issues that are important to us.”
The morning portion is the chance to speak with the delegates and senators face to face. It gives the community a chance to talking about “issues like SB701 and some of the other legislation that’s on the table,” says Clay.
After the noon luncheon, there are a number of workshop sessions. Whatever your interest, whether it be advocacy work, family coordination, the history of LGBT issues in Virginia, or just how to be a good ally to the community, there is a workshop for that.
The Day of Action is a great opportunity to speak directly to legislators like Adam Ebinn, Virginia’s first elected openly gay congressman. “It is vital that my colleagues are able to put a human face on our community and be aware of the real issues that we face and of the unfortunate image that VA has earned for [our stances on] the issues of LGBT people who might consider moving here, and those unfortunately who have left,” Ebinn says of the event.
Over 40 delegates have RSVP’d for the event, says Clay. “More people are stepping up,” he adds. “And that’s why it’s really important that the community come out in full force, especially in Virginia.”
Anyone can register on their site: www.equalityvirginia.org/dayofaction/, and for those of who can’t make it, EV has also put together a “Virtual Day of Action” for those who want to help from home.
The co-sponsored event (among them, the Richmond Business Alliance, The Human Rights Campaign, and VA Pride) is set to take place January 29th at The Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23219.
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