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Virginia sued over Glenn Youngkin’s anti-transgender student policies

The ACLU filed two legal actions against the Republican governor’s education department.

Soldiers from prestigious U.S. Army unit charged with stealing Pride flags in Virginia

A community rallies behind an LGBTQ+ couple in south Arlington, transforming the neighborhood into a beacon of solidarity and support, after soldiers allegedly stole their Pride flags.

Transgender Virginians can breathe a sigh of relief after Democrats defeat all GOP anti-LGBTQ+ bills

With Democrats in control of the entire state legislature, LGBTQ+ Virginians retain protections and dignity in health care and education in the commonwealth.

Restore Roe: Biden and Harris warn supporters what a second Trump term could mean for bodily autonomy

The president, the vice president, and their spouses delivered this message loud and clear at the "Restore Roe" rally in Virginia on Tuesday.

Meet the transgender Space Force rocket scientist who’s unimpressed by Libs of TikTok’s attacks

”If video and photos of me are shared, great because I see that as an opportunity for someone to see that LGBTQ people are successful wherever they are,” Col. Bree Fram said in response to online attacks.

Virginia college students are running a thrift store for transgender and nonbinary people

Transgender people looking to change up their wardrobes are often met with financial barriers, but Dell Thrift and Pantry at the University of Lynchburg is working to change that.

Virginia Democrats move to amend state constitution to protect marriage equality

Efforts are underway to repeal the state constitution’s antiquated same-sex marriage ban, aligning state law with federal rulings and securing rights for the LGBTQ+ community.

Beloved Virginia Beach-area LGBTQ+ advocate killed by drunk driver, police say

Shelby Riddick-Walker was struck and killed by a vehicle going the wrong way in a tunnel.

Pete Buttigieg: Mike Johnson Should Focus on His Job and Less on Taking Away LGBTQ+ Rights

“The thing that I think has taken a lot of Americans aback about the speaker is that he holds these views and is not some random member of the House. He’s the speaker of the House. He’s the leader of the House,” Buttigieg said.

Richmond Maintains Perfect Score in LGBTQ+ City Ranking

Amid increasing state-level anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, Richmond set a high standard for municipal equality, scoring 100 in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2023 Municipal Equality Index.

Virginia School Board Rejects $10k It Gets Better Grant Supporting LGBTQ+ Students

The school district rejected a grant from the It Gets Better Project, which has awarded $600,000 to schools to support LGBTQ+ students.

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Watch This Virginia Dad Call Out His Trans Kid's School Board for Its Anti-LGBTQ+ Policies

Cody Conner is going viral after speaking out during a Virginia Beach school board meeting. His trans daughter is a student in the district.

Republicans Advocate Transphobic, Authoritarian ‘Project 2025’’ Even After Election Failures

Elections in Ohio and Virginia demonstrated a shift away from extreme right-wing agendas as a Heritage Foundation’s plan called "Project 2025" faces scrutiny for its authoritarianism and controversial stance on transgender people’s existence.

Danica Roem Makes History Again and Is Elected Virginia's First Transgender State Senator

Danica Roem was the first transgender person seated in any state legislature. During her campaign for state Senate, she faced transphobia but emerged victorious on Election Day.

Virginia Democrats Rally to Beat Out Far-Right Politicians on Election Day

The Virginia election is set to be a crucial juncture for LGBTQ+ protections and reproductive rights amid intensified conservative challenges.

Here Are the LGBTQ+ Races to Watch on Election Day 2023

The election could mean LGBTQ+ firsts in Virginia, New Jersey, and Mississippi, along with important progress elsewhere.

Experts Weigh in on the Realities of Gender-Affirming Care and the Dangers of Disinformation

Admiral Rachel Levine and Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld address puberty blockers, FDA challenges, and the power of community engagement to combat misinformation in a crucial dialogue on trans health care.

Danica Roem Is Letting Her Record Speak for Itself as She Runs for Virginia Senate

Roem, the first out trans person to serve in a state legislature, is vying to be the second out trans state senator.

41 Photos Celebrating 50 Years of PFLAG at Its National Convention

The organization was one of several LGBTQ+ rights groups founded in 1973.

Rachel Levine Discusses Disturbing ‘Medical Refugees’ Crisis Sweeping Across the U.S.

The assistant secretary for health tackles “medical refugees,” misinformation, and transgender health care challenges in an interview with The Advocate.