September 19, 2019 Blog Posts

One Week from Today: The Virginia Values Forum

Right now, LGBT Virginians can be denied service in public places like restaurants, shops, and even doctor’s offices, just because of who they are.

What does this mean? What is included under “public places?” How does this impact businesses and communities?

These are just a few of the questions that have come up regarding this new piece of legislation. Join us for the Virginia Values Forum next Thursday to learn more about our fight for nondiscrimination protections in housing, employment, and for the first time, public places.


The Virginia Values Forum will take place on Thursday, September 26th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Capital One Headquarters (1600 Capital One Dr., McLean, VA 22102). If you can’t attend in-person, you can still stream the forum online. Just be sure to note that on the signup form.

Spread the Word!

This forum is designed to educate everyone, including folks who may not understand that these protections don’t exist, or don’t understand why they are so badly needed. And we need your help spreading this message.

Will you invite 3 friends, neighbors, family members, or coworkers to the Virginia Values Forum?

Our panelists are listed below and they are looking forward to sharing their expertise with you. Click here to read their complete bios and to register for the forum.

  • Ann Murdoch served 24 years in the US Army, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and received many awards for her service.
  • Bianca Humady Rey works as an Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Specialist and is also a devoted advocate and speaker for transgender people, including serving as the Chair of Capital Trans Pride.
  • Raymond Eck is a small business owner and recently graduated from George Mason University with a Masters in Education with a focus in Counseling and Development.
  • The Honorable Lawrence Webb is currently in his second term as a member of the City of Falls Church School Board, where he served as Chair of the board from 2017 to 2019.
  • Cathryn Oakley is the State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel at the Human Rights Campaign where she is responsible for advising legislators and advocates working to enact laws that further LGBTQ equality.
  • Rev. Daniel Willson has served as the Senior Pastor at Williamsburg Baptist Church since 2015 in addition to being a community organizer and writer.

It’s time for Virginia to reflect our shared values of fairness, dignity, and respect. We hope you’ll join us next week.