February 7, 2018 at 11:20 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Northam, Herring speak at Equality Virginia Lobby Day
Ralph Northam, gay news, Washington Blade

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam spoke at an Equality Virginia Lobby Day reception in Richmond, Va., on Feb. 5, 2018. (Photo courtesy of Ralph Northam for Governor of Virginia)

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Monday spoke to LGBT rights activists who were attending Equality Virginia’s annual Lobby Day.

“It is the diversity of our commonwealth that makes us who we are,” said Northam during a reception that took place at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.

First lady Pam Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring also attended the reception.

More than 200 people from across Virginia attended Equality Virginia’s Lobby Day, which took place less than a month after Northam took office.

State Dels. Danica Roem (D-Manassas), who is the first openly transgender person ever seated in a state legislature in the U.S., and Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), the first out lesbian elected to the Virginia General Assembly, also attended the reception. Gay state Dels. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria) and Mark Sickles (D-Fairfax County) are among the dozens of other lawmakers who were also in attendance.

“Our Annual Day of Action is a testament to the strength and dedication of Virgina’s LGBT community and its allies,” said Equality Virginia Executive Director James Parrish. “The event drew nearly 200 people from all over the state who gathered in Richmond to encourage their senator and delegate to support LGBT rights and thank those who already do.”

“These advocates sent a message that discrimination has no place in the Commonwealth and they stand with Equality Virginia in our work make Virginia a more fair place,” he added. “We’re grateful to everyone who attended and to the legislators and their staffs who took time to meet with constituents.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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