Reinvigorating the activists

Equality Virginia holds its annual conference this weekend

by Yusef Najafi
Published on July 19, 2007, 12:00am | Comments

Members of several Northern Virginia equal rights organizations, including Equality Fairfax and the Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance, are heading to the state capital for Equality Virginia's annual meeting and activists' conference on Saturday, July 21.

The event, which is being held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Student Commons at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, will feature a keynote address by Dr. Theodore DeLaney, chair of the History Department at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va. DeLaney's classes have covered 20th century gay and lesbian history.

''The purpose is to reinvigorate activists who have been involved in the movement before and also bring new activists into the movement,'' says Seth Croft, Equality Virginia's field organizer.

''This year's conference theme is 'Broadening our Movement,' so the goal of that is to bring in people who maybe haven't traditionally been involved in the movement before, who had been involved in another cause,'' Croft says, adding that the conference will feature several different workshops focusing on various topics including animal rights, immigration rights among others.

Organizers also plan to highlight Equality Virginia's efforts over the past year, in addition to providing scholarship opportunities for students.

To register or for more information, visit www.equalityvirginia.org.