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


“Decision Makers” on Reforming WV Hate Crimes Law

After the hate-based violence against two gay men in Huntington earlier this Spring, Fairness Executive Director Andrew Schneider talks with Bray Carey of the State Journal’s “Decision Makers” about the critical need for hate crimes reform in West Virginia. Fairness West Virginia and the American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia are partnering to promote

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Accepting Applications for Operations Manager Position

Position Announcement: Operations Manager Fairness West Virginia Institute (FWVI) is seeking a full time Operations Manager who is responsible for office operations, facilities management, support of finance, executive and outreach support, and volunteer recruitment. Responsibilities Office Management Manage office operations involving mail, calendaring, supplies, copying and filing to provide seamless support to the Executive Director

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Official Statement on Steward Butler Alleged Assault

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Contact: Carling McManus, Fairness WV Media & Communications, 617-240-7311 Huntington, W.Va. – Andrew Schneider, Fairness West Virginia Executive Director, issued the following statement today regarding the alleged assault of two gay men in Huntington: “As the facts emerge out of Huntington on the alleged assault of two gay men

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Fairness for Wheeling

Please join Team Fairness at the Ohio County Public Library on May 19th at 7:00 – 8:45 for a special film screening that showcases the real experiences of LGBT West Virginians and the value of nondiscrimination. This screening is graciously presented by dedicated supporters in the area as a way to begin a dialogue about establishing nondiscrimination

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Major Motion Picture “PRIDE” Screening in South Charleston, WV

“PRIDE” is a 2014 British LGBT-related historical comedy-drama film written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus. Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners’ strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the

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Elkins passes nondiscrimination measure

Elkins passes nondiscrimination measure March 20, 2015 By Chris Lee – Staff Writer ( , Inter-Mountain ELKINS – Equality was the central theme of a resolution before Elkins City Council Thursday – and in the end, an almost equal number of votes were cast on either side of the issue. With approximately 150 concerned citizens

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Elkins to consider resolution

Elkins to consider resolution Groups formed for and against nondiscrimination proposal March 18, 2015 By Chris Lee – Staff Writer ( , Inter-Mountain ELKINS – A group fighting to make Elkins a more inclusive town has gathered considerable community support in preparation for this Thursday’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting, where Council will vote on

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Anti-LGBT Bills Defeated in West Virginia, Fairness and Equality Prevail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2015 Fairness West Virginia: Carling McManus | | 617-240-7311 HRC: Stephen Peters | | 202-423-2860 CHARLESTON, W.Va. – On Saturday in West Virginia, the legislative session came to an end at midnight, in effect killing extreme anti-LGBT bills which had failed to move forward – including a bill

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Youth Mental Health Protection Act Introduced in WV Legislature

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 23, 2015 WEST VIRGINIA YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROTECTION ACT INTRODUCED WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Fairness West Virginia (“Fairness WV”) is pleased to announce the introduction of House Bill 2885, the “Youth Mental Health Protection Act,” which would prevent the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy by licensed mental

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Fairness Arrives in Thurmond

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 11, 2015 CONTACT Carling McManus 617-240-7311 SOUTHERN W.VA. TOWN SMALLEST IN U.S. TO PASS LGBT PROTECTIONS CHARLESTON, WV – Fairness West Virginia (“Fairness WV”) is pleased to announce that Thurmond, WV is the smallest town in America to pass an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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