Main | Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Launched: Fairness West Virginia

New activism in West Virginia! Via press release:
Today, West Virginians announced the formation of a new statewide civil rights organization committed to ensuring fair treatment for all gay and lesbian people in the state. Fairness West Virginia’s mission is to ensure gay people are treated safely and fairly in their homes, at work and in their communities. “Discrimination in any form is unjust regardless of an individual’s real or perceived sexual orientation,” said Stephen Skinner, a member of Fairness West Virginia’s Board of Directors and an attorney.

The organization seeks to cooperate with both the public and private sector to enact policies that reflect West Virginia’s values and to send a signal to the rest of the nation—especially to corporate America—that we are open for business for everyone. A dozen citizens—both gay and straight—from diverse backgrounds, including a doctor, a university professor, businessmen and women, and lawyers, among others, are the volunteers behind the creation of the new organization. They are Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who believe fairness transcends partisan politics. “Our immediate call to action is to achieve the membership goal of 1,000 West Virginians for Fairness in twenty days,” said board member Christopher Turman of Moorefield.
If you are in West Virginia, please visit Their goal is 1000 new members by the of the month.

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