Va. Senate passes four LGBTQ rights bills

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

The Virginia Senate on Jan. 21 approved four LGBTQ rights bills.

Senate Bill 245, which state Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax County) introduced, would prohibit any health care provider or counselor in Virginia from practicing so-called conversion therapy. The measure passed by a 20-18 vote margin.

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Va. House approves pro-LGBT surrogacy bill

By : James Wellemeyer OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill on Feb. 20 to make the state’s surrogacy laws gender-neutral.

Introduced by state Del. Richard Sullivan (D-Fairfax County), the bill, House Bill 1979, removes the terms “husband and “wife” from the laws. The measure also permits someone who is not married to be “an intended parent.”

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Teen makes history as first trans Va. Senate page

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Sean Bender-Prouty was a Virginia Senate page during the 2018 legislative session. Bender-Prouty is the first openly transgender teen chosen to take part in the program. Photo by Penelope Bender.

RICHMOND, VA. — A teenager from Arlington this year became the Virginia Senate’s first openly transgender page.

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