Danica Roem uses spotlight to boost other Virginia Democrats

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) | When Del. Danica A. Roem sought in 2017 to become the country’s first openly transgender state lawmaker, the Republican Party of Virginia funded a political flier that referred to her as a man and speculated that she would teach “transgenderism” to kindergartners.

This year, the GOP rushed to Roem’s defense after an anti-LGBTQ group mounted a demonstration against her presence in Richmond.

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Conservative radio host says US will become ‘homocracy’ if Buttigieg elected

By : James Wellemeyer OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: E.W. Jackson last week said the U.S. would become a “homocracy” if Pete Buttigieg were elected president. (Photo by Mark Taylor via Flickr)

A former Republican nominee for lieutenant governor of Virginia is saying presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will turn the U.S. into a “homocracy” if elected.

E.W. Jackson made the “homocracy” comment on his radio show “The Awakening” on April 16.

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Annual Equality Virginia dinner raises more than $250K

By : James Wellemeyer of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the Natioan LGBT Media Association
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Equality Virginia held its 16th annual Commonwealth Dinner at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on Saturday.

The event raised more than $250,000 for the Virginia LGBT advocacy group, according to Executive Director James Parrish.

Among the attendees were state Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas), the first openly transgender person seated in any state legislature in the country, and freshman Virginia Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger. Thirty lawmakers attended the event in total.

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‘Dirtwoman’ lives on through documentary coming to Florida Film Festival

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Running for mayor, defecating in the back of a police car, mud wrestling and helping to raise tens of thousands of dollars for food banks: Donnie Corker, otherwise known as Dirtwoman, did it all.

Corker, who was a drag icon in Virginia’s LGBTQ community, is known for his outrageous attitude, raunchy acts and kind heart. The 350 lb. legend earned the nickname ‘Dirtwoman’ after a particularly interesting incident.

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Virginia man arrested for recording videos of naked men at spa

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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FAIRFAX, Va. | Police in Fairfax County announced on April 3 that a 28-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly clandestinely using his phone to make videos of mostly naked men at a spa in Centerville, Va., and then posting and selling the videos on a “prominent” social media site.

At a news conference at Fairfax Police headquarters, one of the lead investigators in the case said Kwame Anderson, a resident of Newport News, Va., is accused of making 152 videos of 81 male customers, including three juvenile males, at Spa World beginning in 2014.

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Kazoos, chants drown out Westboro Church’s message of hate

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) | Randy Blythe of Richmond’s heavy metal band Lamb of God met demonstrators from Westboro Baptist Church at the Virginia Capitol on March 11 with an unlikely weapon: kazoos.

Armed with colorful plastic instruments, Blythe and more than 100 other counterprotesters drowned out the six WBC members with a cacophony of chaotic noise.

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Former teacher alleges Va. school district urged her to dress more feminine

By : James Wellemeyer OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A former civics teacher in Virginia has filed a federal lawsuit against her school district, alleging administrators harassed her because of her gender presentation.

Dina Persico, a lesbian who taught in the Chesterfield County Public Schools, claims administrators at both the middle school and high school where she taught criticized her masculine appearance and created an unwelcoming environment. Persico left her job soon after she suffered a mini stroke she says was caused by stress at work.

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Transgender teen fights to have sex changed on transcript

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) | A school board in Virginia that was willing to defend its transgender-bathroom policy all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court may finally give up the fight.

The Gloucester County School Board will hold a public hearing Feb. 19. It will discuss the possibility of allowing transgender students to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

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Va. Board of Counseling backs guidance against conversion therapy for minors

By : James Wellemeyer OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Virginia Board of Counseling on Feb. 8 voted in favor of issuing guidance and documents that recommend a ban on licensed counselors from practicing so-called conversion therapy on minors.

WWBT, a Richmond television station, reported counselors in the state who continue to engage in conversion therapy will receive “a finding of misconduct and disciplinary action” from the board.

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Bill to ban physical conversion therapy treatments for minors killed in Va. Senate

By : James Wellemeyer of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National Gay Media Association
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A bill in the Virginia Senate that would have banned physical treatments in so-called conversion therapy for minors was effectively killed when it was sent back to the Education and Health Committee.

Senate Bill 1778, which state Sen. Stephen Newman (R-Lynchburg) introduced, originally passed with a vote of 20-19. The state Senate on the following day, however, reconsidered the vote on the bill and referred it back to committee.

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Pence calls criticism of wife’s anti-LGBT school ‘deeply offensive’

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Vice President Mike Pence, who’s notorious for his anti-LGBT record, responded Jan. 17 to criticism over his wife Second Lady Karen Pence teaching at a school that excludes LGBT teachers and students, calling criticism of the Christian institution “deeply offensive.”

Pence made the remarks during an interview with EWTN Global Catholic Network in response to reporter Lauren Ashburn’s inquiry over the criticism.

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Karen Pence accepts teaching job at school that bans LGBT students, families

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Second Lady Karen Pence has accepted a position as an art teacher at the Immanuel Christian School in Springfield, Va., which does not allow LGBT students or families to enroll and will not offer employment to LGBT applicants.

The school’s guidelines are listed in its “parent agreement” which states Immanuel Christian School “can refuse admission to an applicant or to discontinue enrollment if the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home, the activities of a parent or guardian, or the activities of the student are counter to, or are in opposition to, the biblical lifestyle the school teaches.”

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