Statistics show that knowing someone within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community increases support for LGBT rights. This positive correlation makes coming out a critical component of the LGBT movement’s future progress.
In light of the importance of being out to the LGBT movement, each year Equality Virginia recognizes OUTstanding Virginians who have represented the community with distinction. In 2013, for the first time in its history, Equality Virginia extended this recognition to allies for the contributions made on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The 2015 OUTstanding Virginians:
- Keri Abrams
- Claire Guthrie Gastanaga
- William Hall, Jr.
- Rodney Lofton
- Paula Prettyman and Kelly Schlageter
- Todd Rosenlieb
- Mothers & Others