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Nobody is born with a user manual, but many members of UPva have had a number of experiences that we can share. Any challenges you might face, know that others have faced them too and you are not alone. One thing that helps is to know your rights and the laws regarding employment, housing, and local ordinances.

Understand the Law

Currently the County of Page or the towns of Luray, Shenandoah and Stanley offer no specific protections for the LGBTQ community. However in Virginia, effective since July 1, 2020, there is a statewide law protecting LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, queer), persons from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit. The state’s hate crime laws, effective since July 1, 2020, now explicitly include both sexual orientation and gender identity.

If you want to geek out on the law you can find a link to the Virginia Human Rights Act (Va. Code Ann. §§ 2.2-3900-03) and the Virginia Values Act (Senate Bill 868) here.

I Need a Lawyer

If you think you have been a victim of discrimination and need an attorney Equality Virginia has amazing information under their Resources tab. Click the link below to find National, State, and Local resources as well as low cost or even free assistance.

If you believe you have experienced housing discrimination, the Virginia Fair Housing Office has a wealth of information that could be helpful.

If you need to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for workplace discrimination go to this link.

If you wish to file a consumer discrimination complaint call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-552-9963. You can also download a form and file online.

Training is Available

Workforce Solutions at Lord Fairfax Community College
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