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Community Vows From the Press Conference

26 Jun 2015 6:53 PM | Bary Hausrath (Administrator)

Do you promise to support LGBTQ youth and work for safer and more affirming schools so that children are free from bullying and harassment and so that youth find loving and supportive adults as alternatives to suicide and self-harm?

 

WE DO.

 

Do you vow to continue to fight for affordable, equitable, safe, and informed health care, specifically for transgender people and people living with HIV-disease as well as care facilities for LGBT seniors?

 

WE DO.

 

As we were reminded last week by the events in Charleston, violence driven by hate is a very real problem in our country and while any of us are unsafe, none of us are safe. Do you vow to build safer, healthier communities and relationships free of violence and abuse and to fight for full equality for all persons of color?

 

WE DO.

 

It is now legal in Virginia to deny employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Do you promise to support efforts to criminalize such discrimination?

 

WE DO.

 

Do you vow to support the voices of transgender people, especially trans women of color and acknowledge and address the disproportionate levels of discrimination and violence that they experience?

 

WE DO.

 

Because spiritual violence is an issue facing our community, do you promise to engage in meaningful dialogue with churches, synagogues, mosques, and other communities of faith?

WE DO. 

 

Do you promise to fight for a just and fair system that addresses the needs of immigrants?

 

WE DO


With these vows, do you recommit yourselves to building a better Virginia, a better United States, and a better world? Will you be with us tomorrow when the wedding cake is gone, the glitter is swept away, and the celebration is over?

YES WE WILL!

(c) 2016 Virginia Equality Bar Association


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