4th of July in Leesburg

Come Walk with Equality Loudoun in the Leesburg Independence Day Parade!

When: July 4, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM
Where: Ida Lee Park – Front Field
60 Ida Lee Dr. NW, Leesburg

We plan to be lined up at 8:15AM. Anyone who can come early – 830AM, we could use your help putting together our small float, decorating the vehicle and generally getting ready for the parade. Otherwise, please try to get to Ida Lee by 930AM to walk with us.

Please note that vehicles/floats/groups line up as they arrive – so, we won’t know where we are until we get there. Look for rainbows once you get to the staging area.

Please come out and join us! Show your support for your LGBTQ neighbors! Wear your favorite patriotic or LGBTQ gear or both!

Please sign up at the following link:https://goo.gl/forms/w13M4N2PIX1Af7WG2

Pride in Loudoun – June 2018

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month in Loudoun County. Equality Loudoun is working with businesses and organizations across the county to celebrate Pride 2018

June 2  Saturday 2PM-6PM Reston Pride

June 3  Sunday Pride Service at St. James UCC

June 3  Sunday 4PM-7PM Equality Loudoun 1st Annual  Pride Picnic Potluck a Edwards Landing Park

June 9 & 10  Capital Pride

June 10  Sunday Pride Service at St. James UCC

June 10  Sunday 730PM-815PM  Pulse Nightclub Vigil at the Loudoun County Courthouse

June 11  Monday 7PM-9PM Gender Identity Talk at Ashburn Library

June 12  Tuesday 630PM-730PM  LCPS School Board Meeting

June 17  Sunday Pride Service at St. James UCC

June 21  Thursday Pride Family Game Night at Blend Coffee Bar

June 24  Sunday Pride Service at St. James UCC

June 24 Sunday 4PM LGBTQ Family Class at Five Peaks Power Yoga

June 25  Monday 7PM-830PM Broad Run Democrats Celebrate Pride Month

June 27  Wednesday 6PM  Rainbow Reads – Ashburn Library

June 29  Friday 5PM-8PM  #PrideBar Happy Hour at SideBar

June 30  Saturday 6PM-10PM Loudoun County Democratic Committee Pride Event at Twinpanzee Brewery

 

Prince William school board approves LGBT protections for students, staff – The Washington Post

A divided Prince William County School Board on Wednesday approved anti-discrimination protections for LGBT students and employees, taking a stand on an issue that has roiled districts across the country.

Source: Prince William school board approves LGBT protections for students, staff – The Washington Post

This victory was the result of a sustained, committed, grassroots effort in the community.  Equality Loudoun members are involved in a parallel effort with the Loudoun County School Board.

Advocating for LCPS Faculty, Staff and Students

Equality Loudoun is ongoingly engaged with educating the Loudoun County Public School Board with the need for policies which explicitly protect LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, and students from discrimination and harassment.

Please join us at the Loudoun County School Board meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.  These meetings are open to the public at 21000 Education Court Ashburn, VA 20148 and begin at 6:30pm. You may sign up to speak by calling (571) 252-1020 or email clerk@lcps.org.  The School Board’s agenda is usually posted on-line on the Friday before the meeting. After the public comments period of the meeting, we usually meet at the nearby Whole Foods for further planning

Please note, there is no July meeting.

Six resign from presidential HIV/AIDS council because Trump ‘doesn’t care’

http://thehill.com/news-by-subject/healthcare/338296-six-resign-from-presidential-hiv-aids-council-because-trump-doesnt

Scott Schoettes, Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle and Grissel Granados publicly announced their resignations in a joint letter published in Newsweek titled, “Trump doesn’t care about HIV. We’re outta here.”

The group said that the administration “has no strategy” to address HIV/AIDS, doesn’t consult experts when working on policy and “pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease.”

“As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care,” they wrote.

The group noted that Trump took down the Office of National AIDS Policy website when he took office and hasn’t appointed anyone to lead the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.

They also said that the GOP’s ObamaCare repeal bill will dramatically hurt those with HIV/AIDS, making it the “final straw for us — more like a two-by-four than a straw” in deciding to leave the council.

 

Education Dept. closes transgender student cases as it pushes to scale back civil rights investigations – The Washington Post

Equality Loudoun has a committee dedicated to working with the Loudoun County School Board to urge them to adopt protections for LGBTQ+ students and staff in their official employment and student policies.  This effort has never been more needed.

 

Source: Education Dept. closes transgender student cases as it pushes to scale back civil rights investigations – The Washington Post