PRIDE MONTH IN LOUDOUN!

We are so happy to announce the following (ever-growing) list of Pride events in (and around) Loudoun County for 2019! If you know of another local event not listed here, please send email to info@equalityloudoun.org and let us know!

31 May – DIY Pride Shirt – Brambleton Library, 6:30 – 8:30, for grades 9 to Adult
1 June – Reston Pride, 1:00 pm, Lake Anne Plaza, 1609 Washington Plz, Reston, Virginia 20190, Virginia, United States
2 June – 2nd Annual Loudoun Pride Picnic Potluck, 3:30 – 6:30 pm, Fox Ridge Park, 525 Catoctin Cir SW, Leesburg, Virginia 20175 Please join us at the family-friendly event for LGBTQ+ Loudouners and their allies and friends.
8-9 June – Capital Pride, Washington DC
12 June – Brynn Tannehill Book Signing and Talk – Cascades Library
13 June – Stonewall Uprising Film Screening, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Join us for the documentary Stonewall Uprising celebrating the 50th anniversary of the night that forever changed the LGBTQ movement. Recommended for Grade 9-adult. Rated PG-13, 83 minutes. Ashburn Library
15 June – Pride on the Patio, 5:00 to 9:00 pm, Blend Coffee Bar, 43170 Southern Walk Plz, # 120, Ashburn, Virginia 20148
20 June – Rainbow Reads, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, Share your favorite LGBTQ+ book titles and participate in a discussion of what’s new for children and teens at your library. For all ages. Ashburn Library
22 June – Frederick Pride, Frederick MD
22 June – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Book Club, 2:00 – 4:00 pm In celebration of Pride Month, explore the story through author profiles, in-depth book discussions, guest speakers and activities related to the book’s topics. Pick up books at the Information Desk, For middle school, high school, adult, Gum Springs Library
29 June – Winchester Pride, Winchester VA


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