Equality Virginia and other LGBT rights groups are rallying around an anti-discrimination bill ahead of the thirty-day long 2013 legislative session beginning on 9 January. SB701 would prohibit employment discrimination based upon a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. The bill has been introduced by state Senators A. Donald McEachin and Adam Ebbin, the only out gay legislator in the Virginia Assembly.
So far, three similar bills have been killed in committee largely because the Republicans hold an edge in the committees. Efforts to extend such protections to LGBT Virginians have failed largely due to the fact that Virginia law limits the ability of local governments to enact ordinances protecting workers.