Friday, February 01, 2013

Arlington VA Gay Alliance holds "dead of winter" social; VA Senate passes workplace issue


This evening I attended a gathering if the Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance (the site agla.org is undergoing maintenance as of now) at the Pinzmini Lounge in the Westin Hotel in the Ballston area of Arlington VA, a new hotel across Glebe Road from the new building for Virginia Tech.  The gathering was called a “Warm Winter Social”.
  
AGLA Board Member T. J. Flavell greeted me as I entered.  There was a raffle ticket.
  
The temperature outside, though, was about 25F, on February 1, just past the “dead of winter”. 
  
The topics of conversation ranged from breaking gerrymandering in Virginia, the slow growth of “purple politics” in the more rural areas of Virginia, China’s authoritarian state, and rays of hope about someday overturning Marshall Newman.
  
Equality Virginia went to Richmond recently for lobbying at the state level, and it’s “Commonwealth Dinner” in Richmond will be held April 6.  See the link on SB701 (passing the state Senate) here.  SB701 is the bill to protect state employees from sexual orientation discrimination (details).  

Salmon dinner at the Westin is good, if dear.  You can play with your food. 



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