Sharing: Virginia Anti-Violence Project and Minority Health Consortium condemn the brutal murder of Richmond, VA transgender woman

We are sharing the following press release, sent to us by our friends at Virginia Anti-Violence Project and Minority Health Consortium.

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, our hearts are saddened by this loss and all losses due to transphobic violence, and our determination to work even harder towards support, education, and advocacy on behalf of our loved ones and friends is renewed.

Virginia Anti-Violence Project and Minority Health Consortium condemn the brutal murder of Richmond, VA transgender woman
Agencies urge community solidarity

November 19, 2013, Richmond VA

For Immediate Release:

The Virginia Anti-Violence Project and Minority Health Consortium condemn the murder of Amari Hill, a transgender woman in Richmond, Virginia that occurred on November 9.

Juan Pierce, Executive Director of the Minority Health Consortium stated, “Our community has lost another ‘gem of brilliance’ to senseless violence and backward behavior. We encourage the community to support efforts to end this violence.” Ted Heck, President of the Board of Virginia Anti-Violence Project, stated, “This is a terrible tragedy to lose a loved member of the community in such a violent manner. We stand in solidarity with the family and the community in the face of this crime.”

In response to this attack, Minority Health Consortium (MHC) and the Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP) offer support to transgender and other community members and organizations to assist in processing this violence and responding in a constructive manner. Support to victims and survivors of anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) violence, including those experiencing fear and distress resulting from this and other hate-motivated violence is the mission of VAVP, along with work to prevent all violence against and within LGBTQ individuals, families, and communities. From Monica Behney, Board member for VAVP, “As members of the LGBTQ community and people of compassion, we must reach out to each other in our grief and outrage at this loss. Moving forward together to educate and advocate to prevent violence may be the best way to remember and honor this beautiful life.”

The Minority Health Consortium works with the LGBTQ community and all citizens to address the stigma and social determinants of health that impact the communities we serve through providing education, outreach and drop-in center activities that include a safe space to explore and discuss issues that impact minorities and youth. The MHC website can be found at

The Virginia Anti-Violence Project works to address and end violence, with a specific focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities across Virginia. VAVP is an organization active since 2006, and currently offers services for survivors of intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, and stalking, including a free and confidential helpline for LGBTQ people in Virginia. The Helpline number is 866-356-6998. VAVP also has resources to support training and consultation with agencies, community groups, congregations, and other interested organizations. The VAVP website can be found at

For inquiry, please contact:

Ted Heck, VAVP Board President
(804) 726-1056

Juan Pierce, MHC Executive Director
(804) 641-1555


Please Call or Email your Representative about ENDA for Workplace Equality

PFLAG Action Alert:

Contact your U.S. Representatives today and tell them to urge House Speaker John Boehner to bring ENDA to the House Floor for a vote; also ask your Representative to vote YES on ENDA when it comes up for a vote, and thank them if they are already a co-sponsor of this important bill for workplace fairness, which passed the Senate November 7th with a bipartisan vote of 64-32.

This bipartisan, bicameral bill promotes workplace fairness, and prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Your PFLAG message: “As your constituent and as a member of PFLAG (name of your chapter), I’m asking you to urge Speaker Boehner to bring ENDA to the House Floor for a vote, and I urge you to vote YES when ENDA does come to the House floor for a vote. PFLAG’s values are America’s values, and discrimination is not one of America’s values.”

More information about this House bill can be found here.

Harrisonburg Group: New Meeting Location!

Blue Ridge Hall

PFLAG Blue Ridge’s Harrisonburg group will be meeting in a new location beginning this Thursday, November 7th.

The new location is on the JMU Campus in Blue Ridge Hall, Room 309. Blue Ridge Hall is located at 601 University Avenue in Harrisonburg.

Our meeting time remains the same, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., and coincides with the Shenandoah Valley YES! Alliance youth group meetings which take place down the hall in room 326.

Those interested are welcome to contact facilitator Mark with any questions!