Gay in West Virginia: Fairness WV Launches as First Statewide Advocacy Organization To Ensure Fair Treatment of Everyone Regardless of Sexual Orientation

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Fairness West Virginia marks the first time gay, lesbian, and straight individuals are joining forces to ensure gay people are treated safely and fairly in their homes, at work and in their communities across the state. A membership goal of 1,000 West Virginians for fairness in twenty days and ending employment and housing discrimination are top priorities of the new organization.

1000 West Virginian's for Fairness in Twenty Days

Our immediate call to action is to achieve the membership goal of 1,000 West Virginians for Fairness in twenty days

Today, West Virginians announced the formation of the 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.

"We represent the diversity of Appalachia and our membership is open to everyone--gay and straight--who believes in fundamental fairness," said board member Donald Hall, a distinguished professor at West Virginia University, adding "I encourage the public to visit the new gay rights organization to learn more and to become involved."

About Fairness WV:
Fairness West Virginia, Inc. (FWV) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(4) membership organization open to individuals and organizations committed to equal and equitable rights for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender West Virginians. Through advocacy, education, and information, Fairness West Virginia seeks to build bridges of acceptance and understanding among families, neighbors, co-workers and employers across the state.

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