Friends of Fairness,

It’s no exaggeration when I say next year could be the toughest year for LGBTQ Mountaineers I’ve seen in my time at Fairness West Virginia.

A handful of lawmakers are plotting to undo all of the progress we’ve made in recent years, including our success at banning employment and housing discrimination in 15 communities across our state and protecting LGBTQ kids from the abusive practice of conversion therapy. These extremists won’t stop until every single protection our community has won is completely erased.

What’s worse? They’re gaining ground.

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day to invest in organizations like Fairness WV that protect and defend the most vulnerable in our communities. We’re working around the clock to gear up for this fight, but we need your help.

If we’re going to have the best chance of fending off these attacks, I need you in the fight. Would you be able to contribute $50 today to help fund our legislative advocacy?

While so much has changed in the past two years, one thing remains the same: our commitment to making the Mountain State welcoming to all. Despite our challenges, we’re doing more than ever before to fight for equality. This year alone we’ve:

– Helped two new cities adopt local fairness laws — South Charleston and Keyser
– Protected LGBTQ youth in two cities from the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy — Morgantown and Charleston
– Hired a new Voter Engagement Organizer to register new voters and engage them on important legislative issues
– Generated more than 40,000 emails to state lawmakers supporting equality

Your generous contributions make this work possible. Let’s keep this momentum going and win in 2022.

And if you haven’t heard by now, we recently launched an online merchandise store! Check it out now and grab a stocking stuffer for the ones you love. The sales from this store will go to support our legislative advocacy. SHOP NOW!

This isn’t the first time we’ve been up against a tough battle, and it definitely won’t be the last. But when we pull together, we can do amazing things.

Yours in Fairness,

Andrew Schneider
Executive Director