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It’s Beyond Time to Ban Gay Conversion Therapy in Virginia!

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by Cindy The fight to end gay conversion therapy in Virginia has been going on for several years. Delegate Patrick Hope (D-47), Senator Scott Surovell...

An Open Letter to Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson

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On Friday, I sent a letter to (Prince William County) Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson in response to her conduct on Election Day, the full...

I stand with Prince William’s LGBT Faculty and Students

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As I walked around the Gainesville house and neared the backyard, I took a moment to reflect on the circumstances that had brought me...

Standing Up to Hate

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Last week, Fred Phelps Westboro "Baptist" Church clan (it's mostly his children, grandchildren and extended family, but also closer to a Klan) brought its vile, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBT rhetoric to Blacksburg. If you have never seen the kind of hate of which I speak, you may be stunned to see this video from three years ago.  I have debated whether to link this video.  But perhaps by my doing so, you can see what I am talking about, what is going on around this country as this man and his so-called church disrupt funerals of soldiers.  They rail at and demonize anyone suffering a tragedy because, they say, it's the victims' fault and God's punishment. Before the Phelps clan arrived on Friday (Fred Phelps did not come, but sent his daughter's family instead), they targeted the fallen coal miners in West Virginia.  This is who they are.  

All over town, citizens, including ministers representing all the town's churches, united in opposing the hateful message of the unwelcome visitors, but differed in how to respond, or if to respond at all.