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“I’m a Boy, so Why Won’t My School Allow Me to Use the Boys’ Bathroom?”

BLOG: In the summer of my freshman year I got the courage to tell my mother something that I had known for a long time. I told her that I was a boy. She had nothing but love and support for me. read more »

“I Should Not Be Afraid”

BLOG: In 2014 America, I should not be afraid of being the mother of an African American man; I should feel free to be very proud. But the sad, angry, upsetting, and disappointing truth is I and, I imagine, many other mothers, are afraid for our sons and grandsons because we are afraid of law enforcement and how they’ll be treated. read more »

The 2015 Legislative Session and Protecting Reproductive Freedom

BLOG: Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, Virginia has passed 13 laws restricting a woman’s right to make reproductive health care decisions. We’ve been moving in the wrong direction, and that’s about to change. We’re working to change the conversation about abortion – to ensure that women feel supported and not judged if they choose abortion. read more »

The 2015 Legislative Session and LGBT Equality

BLOG: The tide is turning. A generation from now, we may look back on 2014 as the turning point in the fight for LGBT equality. But, while 2014 is the year marriage equality came to the Commonwealth, we will not have full equality for LGBT Virginians until we end discrimination in employment, housing, and access to services. read more »

Victory for Women’s Health in Virginia!

BLOG: Today, we celebrate a huge victory for women’s health in Virginia. The Virginia Board of Health approved the Virginia Health Commissioner’s recommendation to amend medically-unnecessary rules currently governing abortion providers in the Commonwealth, commonly referred to as Targeted Restrictions of Abortion Providers (TRAP). read more »

Using the 2015 Legislative Session to Rein in the Surveillance State

BLOG: According to the government, we must give up some liberty to secure our safety. Particularly since September 11, 2001, we’ve seen an increase in this rhetoric. read more »

Criminal Justice Reform During the 2015 Legislative Session

BLOG: Virginia’s criminal justice system is broken. The failed “War on Drugs” and “tough on crime” laws have led to a 735% increase in Virginia’s prison population since 1970. This has resulted in school policies that feed the school-to-prison pipeline, punitive criminal laws that have no basis in evidence, and policing practices that disproportionately target communities of color and incentivize harsh police tactics. read more »

Criminalizing Teens for Sexting is Setting them up for Failure

BLOG: Today we sent a letter to members of the Virginia State Crime Commission, urging them not to criminalize the act of sexting. The creation of a new misdemeanor offense is the wrong way to address the growing trend of sexting. read more »

Election Day Aftermath: Does Virginia’s Photo ID Law Undermine the Right to Vote?

BLOG: Even before all votes were cast, there were numerous reports from supporters of the mandatory photo ID law proclaiming the inaugural test successful. read more »

A Step Forward In the Fight Against Warrantless ICE Detainer Requests

BLOG: Today, we applaud the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office for their decisive action and for recognizing the critical importance of fostering trust between immigrant communities and local law enforcement. read more »

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