Recent Local Events

Recent Local Events

We love to help publicize events taking place in or being sponsored by faith communities and faith-based organizations across Virginia that help promote equality and understanding.  Below are short stories about past events.  If you have events that you would like us to help publicize, please let us know by sending us a message from our contact form here or calling Robin Gorsline at 804-519-3196.

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2013

On Transgender Day of Remembrance ("TDOR") each November 20, the transgender community and allies honor Rita Hester, whose murder in 1998 inspired the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a vigil in San Francisco.  Members of the transgender community continue to face violence and prejudice, and TDOR helps to make these experiences more visible to the community and highlights the need for the community to fully accept transgender persons. 


In Virginia, two TDOR events were held.  In Richmond just across the street from the State Capitol, St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 815 East Grace Street hosted a memorial service on November 20 at 7 p.m. The service incorporated community voices, a candlelight vigil, and a performance by My Darling Fury and was followed by a reception with light refreshments.  More information is available on the event's Facebook page here.


At the same time in Northern Virginia, Metropolitan Community Church of Northern Virginia opened its doors at 10383 Democracy Lane in Fairfax for a community-wide memorial service. More information about the NoVA service and MCC NOVA's TransFormations Transgender Ministry, please email MCC NoVA at info [at] or call the church at 703-691-0930.

Witness for LOVE! 

In Floyd . . . .

Floyd_County_Virginia_Courthouse.JPGWitness for LOVE!!!


Friday, June 27 --  3:00 pm

Floyd County Courthouse,

       100 East Main Street



People of Faith for Equality in Virginia

and clergy & citizens to Witness for LOVE!!!!

Your presence counts as we show that

Virginia is ready for equality

Same-Sex-Marriage-Symbols-Rainbow-Flag-jpg.jpgAre you a committed couple who would like to apply for a marriage license? Are you married out-of-state, and would like your marriage recognized in Virginia? To join others as they go before the Clerk of the Court, or to learn more about this important event, contactJim Best  or  Robin Gorsline   

POFEV-EV Policy Briefing


POFEV-EV Joint Legislative Briefing:
A Call for Action - An Invitation to Hope

We work closely with partners and allies in the LGBT movement and on December 11 before the 2014 General Assembly teamed up with Equality Virginia for a presentation at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington on the upcoming legislative session.


POFEV President Rev. Robin Gorsline


Kirsten Bokenkamp of Equality Virginia.

POFEV is active in the General Assembly during the session and with legislators while at home throughout the year.  We advocate for legislation that will bring equality to Virginia in all aspects of the lives of LGBT persons and others, including testifying at legislative hearings and helping local supporters meet with legislators.  You can see more about the policy positions that we have advocated for here

If you are interested in participating in our policy and legislative work, please contact us!  We'd love to have you involved.

God Loves Uganda at UUCF

Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Fairfax
2709 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA

Equality UUCF (Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Fairfax) held a public screening on Sunday evening, October 13, of "God Loves Uganda," the Sundance-selected film illuminating the campaign by groups of Western missionaries in Africa to incite homophobia under the cover of their interpretation of the gospel and to supplant African culture with Western conservative values.

As shown through interviews and hidden camera footage, the result has been oppressive and dangerous, manifesting itself most famously in the traction obtained by the proposed Ugandan legislation to criminalize homosexuality and punish it by death.  The screening was free and open to the public. For more information about the work of Equality UUCF, email Susan Bennett at

Transgender Talk with Kye Allums at Rock Spring

Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ
5010 Little Falls Road, Arlington, VA 22207

On Sunday, October 20, 2013, Rock Spring Congregational UCC sponsored a conversation with Kye Allums, who made headlines in 2010 when he became the first openly transgender athlete to play Division I basketball while at George Washington University.  Today, Kye is a transgender advocate, public speaker, and a mentor to LGBT youth, spreading his belief that "I am enough -- what I say, what I feel, that is enough.  You shouldn't have to tweak yourself to make someone else happy."

This event was one of a series that Rock Spring Congregational UCC has done over the past year discussing inclusion of transgender persons within the congregation and the community as a whole.  For more information about Rock Spring and its inclusive ministry, email

POFEV in Your Congregation: Preparing Virginia for Equality

Robin_head_shot_blue.JPGAs part of POFEV's ongoing series of visits to local congregations, POFEV President Rev. Dr. Robin H. Gorsline recently shared his perspectives on the movement for LGBT equality and preparing Virginia for it at several local congregations. 

Monday, January 6, 7:00 pm
MCC of the Blue Ridge

 Sunday, February, 9, 10:30 am
Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists

You can invite Robin to speak at your congregation, too to learn more about how we can work together to create a new Virginia of equality and love for all!  Contact us here to request a visit!

LGBT Civil Rights Vigil: Add 4 Words

Add_4_Words.jpgIn D.C. on Monday, June 30th, activists from D.C., Virginia, and Maryland gathered at the MLK Memorial to herald LGBT civil rights heroes Bayard Rustin & Eleanor Roosevelt, lift up our fallen children, and launch the national campaign for 4 Words - "sexual orientation & gender identity" - to be added to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, marking its 50th Anniversary in July. 

The event was hosted by by The Equality Pledge Network, Walk Across America, and The Equality Bill Project.  Speakers included Todd Fernandez of The Equality Pledge Network, Rev. Robin Gorsline of POFEV, Rev. Wes Jamison of Silver Spring, Maryland, Rev. Dennis Wiley of Covenant Baptist Church (D.C.), Rev. Abena McCray of Unity Fellowship, and Richard Noble of Walk Across America.

POFEV (People of Faith for Equality in Virginia), P.O. Box 4919, Richmond, VA 23220 •