Celebrate marriage equality with us! Equality Virginia will host the 9th annual Legends Gala on November 8, 2014 at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel. This year, the Honorable Ralph Northam and Mrs. Pam Northam and Hampton Roads Pride will be recognized for their exceptional efforts to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Virginians. Of course, we will also be celebrating the freedom to marry!
Mingle in style with this year’s honorees and Equality Virginia’s supporters in the Hampton Roads area. The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with an elegant dinner for VIP guests, followed by the Legends Reception presented by Decorum Furniture at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $175 for the VIP Dinner and include a complimentary bar and access to the Reception. Tickets to the Legends Reception presented by Decorum Furniture are $50 per person and include a drink ticket, dessert, dancing, and a silent auction. We hope you join us in celebrating our 2014 Legends! Get Your Tickets!
2014 The Honorable Ralph and Mrs. Pam Northam
Lt. Governor Ralph Northam and Mrs. Pam Northam have been longtime advocates for Virginia’s LGBT community. For the Lt. Governor, as a pediatric neurologist first, and for Mrs. Northam, as an educator, their compassion for all people and families shines brightly both in their personal and professional lives. As a state senator from 2008 to 2013, the Lt. Governor supported policies that promote LGBT equality; he scored a 100 percent in Equality Virginia’s 2012 and 2013 legislative scorecards. When elected as Lt. Governor for the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2013, both he and Mrs. Northam continued to advocate for marriage equality and workplace fairness.
Lt. Governor Ralph Northam and Mrs. Pam Northam believe that nobody should be discriminated against for their sexual orientation or gender identity, and have been vocal in their support of LGBT equality in Hampton Roads and beyond. Their efforts for making Virginia a more welcoming and supportive place to live is inspiring and their warmth and humanity contagious.
2014 Community Legend: Hampton Roads Pride
Hampton Roads Pride has successfully put the Hampton Roads LGBT community and the issue of equality front and center in the civic consciousness. Its marquee event, PrideFest, has moved to Norfolk’s Town Point Park, expanding its reach to thousands of new people and gaining countless additional LGBT allies and advocates. Hampton Roads Pride is also the only such organization in the United States to put on a Boat Parade, underlining the connections with the maritime history of Virginia’s port cities. Hampton Roads Pride exists to empower all LGBT and allied people: it has promoted strong community partnerships, increased public affirmation of LGBT individuals, and has issued more than $52,000 in scholarships over the past 12 years. As an all-volunteer organization, numerous people have spent countless hours to ensure the success of Hampton Roads Pride and to create the visibility and support that has strengthened Hampton Road’s LGBT community.