Working to ensure that LGBT people can be open, honest, and safe in the Mountain State.


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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Meet Kelley & Moe!

Kelley & Moe are proud West Virginians who firmly believe that marriage is important gesture of love that should not be denied to same-sex couples.  This is their story: “We first met in Princeton in 1999 when I was 17 and he was 25. I chased him and he tried to resist because of age

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Meet Austin & Cameron!

Austin Thomas and Cameron Vance are proud West Virginians who have postponed their wedding plans so that they may marry legally in the Mountain State. This is their story: Austin and I have been together since August of 2011 – we’ll celebrate our three year anniversary on August 12th, 2014. We met in Charleston performing

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Meet Ellen & Sue!

Sue Julian came to West Virginia from New England over 30 years ago to work in the movement to prevent violence against women with the WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Ellen Allen, a West Virginian native and longtime social justice advocate serving at Charleston’s Covenant House, met Sue seven years ago in the Mountain State.

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Join Scott & GiveOUT to Fairness!

Click here to GiveOUT for Fairness now: Give OUT Day is a new national initiative to engage hundreds of organizations and mobilize thousands of people on a single day across the country to give in support of LGBT causes. This year’s event will take place on May 15th. Simply schedule your gift of $10

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Give OUT Day is May 15th!

We cordially invite you to participate in the second annual “National Day of Giving” to engage hundreds of LGBT organizations large and small across the country and mobilize thousands of people in support of the grassroots work still needed to achieve Fairness for all LGBT people in our communities. Last year with your help we were able

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