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SPECIAL PROJECTS ASSISTANT The Special Projects Assistant reports to the Executive Director of Fairness West Virginia, a statewide, non-profit education and advocacy organization dedicated to fair treatment and civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender West Virginians. Our mission is to ensure that LGBT people in the Mountain State can be open, honest, and safe

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Marriage Equality Comes HOME to WV!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Carling McManus, Communications, Fairness West Virginia Phone: (304) 807-3117 Victory for All Same-Sex Couples In West Virginia! Charleston, W.Va. – October 9, 2014 – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today agreed to end the state’s defense of WV’s discriminatory marriage ban in Lambda Legal’s marriage case one day after the

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New Study: Ending WV’s Marriage Ban Means Jobs and a $9 Million Boost To State Economy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Carling McManus, Communications, Fairness West Virginia Phone: (304) 807-3117 STUDY: ENDING WEST VIRGINIA MARRIAGE BAN MEANS JOBS AND A $9 MILLION BOOST TO STATE ECONOMY CHARLESTON, W.Va. – October 6 – A new study (view study here) released today by UCLA’s Williams Institute shows that West Virginia’s economy is missing out on

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Press Release: New Executive Director Returns Home for Fairness West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 3, 2014 Contact: Carling McManus 304-807-3117 New Executive Director Returns Home for Fairness West Virginia CHARLESTON, W.Va. (September 3, 2014) – The Boards of Directors of Fairness West Virginia and Fairness West Virginia Institute are pleased to announce that Andrew Schneider will be taking the helm as Executive Director this

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Bring It Home to our Conference & Gala!

Fairness West Virginia Institute cordially invites sponsors for its 2014 Conference and Gala (C&G) to be held in Charleston on Saturday, November 15! The C&G is The Conference & Gala is West Virginia’s LGBT event of the year and this year’s celebratory focus will be on how to Bring It Home. From marriage equality to non-discrimination, we’re almost

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Meet Laurinda & Lori!

Laurinda and Lori met three years ago and instantly knew they were soul mates. For them, marriage is an opportunity to join their lives together. Because West Virginia does not permit same-sex couples to marry, Laurinda and Lori chose to travel to Washington DC to finalize their commitment to each other and they hope that

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Patrick Folio Op-ed: What is a Gay-Straight Alliance anyway?

    August 3rd, 2014 What is a Gay-Straight Alliance anyway? by Patrick Folio, Chair of Fairness West Virginia Institute Back in March, Parkersburg South High School came under scrutiny when news outlets across the country picked up a story about divisive social media posts made by one of its teachers and the subsequent fallout

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Meet Barry and Joe!

Barry and Joe met in California 2005 and legally married there three years later. Joe got a job in West Virginia and they moved their lives to the Mountain State. Having been legally married in California, Barry and Joe are forced to face discriminatory state laws in West Virginia that consider them legal strangers.  This

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Meet Walter and Matt

Fourteen years ago, Walter and Matt were introduced by mutual friends and have been together ever since. They are waiting for the day that they can legally get married in their home state. This is their story: “Matt and I have been together for 14 years. We were introduced by mutual friends all those years

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Kelly Kimble and Jennifer Meinig: W.Va., other states await U.S. court decision on marriage equality

Published in the Charleston Gazette on Thursday, July 10, 2014   By Kelly Kimble and Jennifer Meinig   All eyes are on Bostic. At least all eyes with an interest in the issue of marriage equality in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and here at home in the Mountain State. The United States Court of Appeals

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