Va. House of Delegates passes gender-neutral driver’s license bill

By : Philip Van Slooten of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Virginia Capitol. (Photo by Michael Key of the Washington Blade)

The Virginia House of Delegates on Feb. 25 passed a bill that requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to offer “nonbinary” as a sex option on driver’s license applications.

Senate Bill 246, introduced by state Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax County), previously passed the Virginia Senate in a 21-18 vote on Feb. 5. The House approved the bill 57-43.

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Va. Senate approves bill to ban conversion therapy for minors

By : Philip Van Slooten of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: The Virginia Capitol. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

The Virginia Senate on Monday passed a bill that would prohibit health care providers from engaging in so-called conversion therapy for minors.

The American Psychological Association has for years condemned the practice for the harm caused to patients as well as for promoting the unsupported “notion that sexual orientation can be changed.”

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Hundreds of LGBTQ advocates lobby lawmakers for protections

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) | The day after hundreds lobbied lawmakers on behalf of LGBTQ rights during Equality Virginia’s Day of Action, two significant bills advanced in the General Assembly to further protections for the state’s LGBTQ residents.

The House passed a bill from Del. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria, Feb. 5 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, insurance and banking.

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