Lawmakers, advocates gather to show support for Va. anti-discrimination bill
Senators and LGBT organizers gathered at the Virginia General Assembly on Thursday to announce and show support for SB701 — a law that would re-introduce sexual orientation into the list of protected classes for state employees. “LGBT Virginians aren’t asking for special treatment, we are just asking for the right to work while we live an authentic life,” said James Parish, the Executive Director of Equality Virginia. EV has been working with state representatives to help get the bill to the floor, and created an online petition that collected over 11,000 signatures supporting the bill. State Sen. Adam Ebbin, one of bill’s chief patrons and the only openly gay member of Virginia’s legislative body, spoke at today’s event and shared his personal connection to the bill.