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Welcome to POFEV.org!

We're Witnessing for LOVE! across Virginia every day. Please join us!

We're building an interfaith movement to advocate and prepare Virginia for LGBT equality. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, too!

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Witness for LOVE! Continues Across Virginia

The Witness for LOVE! campaign continues to grow as local communities hold witnesses to show support across Virginia for ending marriage discrimination. 

More than a dozen communities have held witnesses since Valentine's Day 2014.  We can see stories, photos, videos and news coverage about the witnesses here, including stories about the most recent witness in Leesburg.

Our next Witnesses for LOVE! are at the Lynchburg Courthouse on Wednesday, April 16 and the Arlington courthouse on Friday, April 25.

Be a Witness for LOVE!

Witness for LOVE! continues, and you can join us

1. Learn more about Witness for LOVE! on our campaign page.

2. Find a Witness for LOVE! event.

3. See who's been a Daily Witness for LOVE.

4. Get on our front page by being a Daily Witnesses for LOVE.

5. Contact us or sign up if you have questions or want to get involved.

Daily Witness for LOVE!

 April 16, 2014

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"My name is Delegate Marcus Simon, and I am a Witness for LOVE!"

     And he is a Virginia Legislator for Marriage! 

        

 

 See who else has been on our front page as a Daily Witness for LOVE! on our We Are Witnesses page.

 

 
 

New Blog on Tumblr

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To more widely share our journey in preparing Virginia for equality, POFEV President Robin Gorsline has begun another blog, "Prophesy Now: Speaking Faith to Power," on Tumblr at http://prophesynow.tumblr.com/.  Check it out and let us know what you think. And continue to look to our regular blogs featured below: the New Virginia blog that Robin also writes and Voices from New Virginia penned by friends and allies in the movement for equality.

Our New Virginia Blogs

POFEV_logo_for_web.jpgPOFEV's campaign for equality for LGBT Virginians is anchored in a broader and deeper mission to create a wider movement for a new Virginia.  In our New Virginia Blog we want to share what we experience on that journey and what we see as Virginia moves forward toward becoming a more inclusive and welcoming community.

We also are eager to share with you the wisdom, thoughts, and perspectives of the many different individuals who make up this movement as well.  That's why we created a second blog called Voices from New Virginia where we can share with you the vision of others from where they view this work. 

Please enjoy both of these blogs, and let us know what you think of them here.

New Virginia Blog

Building Change: Inside and Out

by Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsine, POFEV President & CEO

January 6, 2014

Virginia_State_Capitol.jpgThe General Assembly of Virginia begins its 60-day session this week on January 8. A few days later, on January 11, the new Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General will take office.

Robin_at_courthouse.jpgIt is an exciting time to be in Richmond--and an important time. POFEV will be there (and we hope you will be there, too).

AND, and this is a big AND, we will be all over Virginia organizing for Witness for LOVE on February 14. . . . READ MORE

Voices from New Virginia

Good News of Great Joy for ALL the People

by Rev. Steve Hyde, Pastor

Ravensworth Baptist Church, Annandale

Last Saturday, I officiated at a wedding for two men, Richard and Mark. For me, it was a Peter the Apostle and Cornelius the Centurion moment.

two_men_on_wedding_cake.jpgIn the 10th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, an angel appears to Cornelius--a Roman centurion--and tells him to summon Peter to his home in Caesarea. Peter is in Joppa, and while the messengers are on their way, the unsuspecting apostle goes up to the rooftop to pray. His message from heaven arrives in a vision, as Peter falls into a trance and is given a clear message that he is not to consider unclean what God considers clean.

Peter’s arrival at the home of Cornelius sets the stage for one of the most dramatic moments in the New Testament. For Peter to step across the doorstep of Cornelius and enter the home of a Gentile is momentous. We might wonder, “So what’s the big deal?”  . . . ..READ MORE

Equality Summit 2014 - Join Us on April 5

Equality_Summit_2014_Logo.jpgHelp bring real change to the Commonwealth!  Join EV, ACLU, POFEV and other LGBT advocates and allies in Richmond on April 5 to discuss how we can work together to bring about marriage equality, end workplace discrimination, and stop the misuse of religion to discriminate and make Virginia a more welcoming and fair place to live.

Get details about Equality Summit 2014 on the POFEV Events page and at Equality Virginia here.

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.  You can read more about such events your and other communities have held here.  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.

Clergy Lunches Continue; Mark Byrd Honored

We now have regular clergy lunches in Northern Virginia, the Richmond area, and in Hampton Roads.  Recent lunches have included a discussion on the topic "What If My Congregation Isn't Ready"? in Alexandria, a session with Kirsten Bokenkamp of Equality Virginia in Arlington, and get-to-know-one-another sessions in Richmond and Norfolk.

Mark_Byrd_honor_presentation.jpgThe first two Hampton Roads/Tidewater area lunches were held on November 21 at New Life Metropolitan Community Church in Norfolk on January 9 at Hilton Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Newport News, the congregation of new POFEV Board member Rev. Terrye Williams.

At the November 21 lunch, we had a wonderful if unexpected celebration.  Our host Rev. Mark Byrd (center in picture), newly elected Pastor at New Life MCC was interrupted by the arrival of a team from Old Dominion University to present Mark with this year's "ODU Diversity Champion Award."  Read More

POFEV Near You

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At Charlottesville Pride on September 14, Robin Gorsline with Virginia marriage equality plaintiffs Joanne Harris and Jessica Duff and with Mary Ann Archer.

POFEV is organizing and traveling across Virginia to Pride celebrations, congregations, interfaith services, and clergy lunches, with new events scheduled weekly.  To learn more about what POFEV is doing each week and when we might be in your community, please check out our Events page.  Our Events page also has links to stories about past events of note like Pride Festivals and Interfaith Services.

If you like for POFEV to speak or be a part of an event in your community or congregation, contact Robin Gorsline at revdocrobin[at]gmail.com or use our Contact Us link. Until then, please join us at one of the events we'll have near you!

DC Gay Men's Chorus Benefit Concert for POFEV May 9 in Sterling

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We are thrilled that The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C., is returning to Sterling to perform a benefit concert for POFEV on May 9, 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling

Doors open at 6:30 pm to the bar and tapas.  At 7:30 p.m., this two-time WAMMIE-winning chorus (Best Choral Recording, 2013 and 2014) takes the stage. 

You can get your tickets and more details on the concert through this link.  Please come join us for a fun and music-filled evening on May 9th!

Support POFEV!

We need your support to help more communities Witness for LOVE! 

Donate to POFEV to grow our campaign for marriage and LGBT equality. 

Make the difference Virginia needs!

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10,000 Pieces of Good News! 


LGF_Blue_Logo_Simple-1.jpgRecently, POFEV received some very good news . . . . the Laughing Gull Foundation , headquartered in Durham, N.C., awarded us a grant of $10,000 for each of three years beginning in 2013.

Here is part of what Meg Coward, President of the Foundation, said in her message, “the board of the Laughing Gull Foundation enthusiastically approved a grant to POFEV of $10k/yr for 3 yrs.  We are all very excited by the possibilities ahead of you, and happy to be a part of this relaunch of POFEV.” 

This is the first foundation grant received  by POFEV, but President Robin Gorsline says it will not be the last. 

“We are most grateful that in its first year of operation, Laughing Gull Foundation chose POFEV for generous support,” he said. Read More

POFEV Celebrates Bayard Rustin

Purchase Brother OutsiderPOFEV joined with the Richmond, VA, NAACP to sponsor a showing of the Bayard Rustin biopic Brother Outsider at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church on August 28, 2013. Rustin, though most widely known for his role as the director of the 1963 March on Washington, also navigated through his adult life as an out gay man at a time when few in such public positions were willing to do so. Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams wrote a magnificent account of the screening that raised the remarkable question, "What would have become of the March on Washington if homophobia had won?"

The event was part the March on Richmond for Jobs and Freedom co-sponsored by the Urban League of Greater Richmond, A. Phillip Randolph Institute, and Richmond NAACP, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. It was held in conjunction with the National Black Justice Coalition's effort to broaden recognition of Rustin's life and works. We were delighted that Kim Allen, President of the Richmond NAACP, joined the evening, along with many Quakers from the Richmond area (Rustin was a member of the Friends), and others from various parts of the community. Rustin was one of the truly great activists of the 20th Century, and we have much to learn from him. Rustin_Film_Flyer.png

POFEV is planning other events to celebrate Rustin's life and legacy in coming months. Look out for future announcements and learn more about Bayard Rustin's life at the Brother Outsider website. We also strongly urge you to see Brother Outsider for yourself online or on DVD through Netflix to learn about Bayard Rustin's remarkable life and contributions.

POFEV (People of Faith for Equality in Virginia), P.O. Box 4919, Richmond, VA 23220 • 804-519-3196 • www.facebook.com/pofev

Rev. Dr. Robin Gorsline, President & CEO • robin.gorsline@pofev.org