Equality Loudoun is a non-profit organization that advocates, educates, defends, and builds community to support LGBTQ+ equality in Loudoun County.
Equality Loudoun envisions an inclusive community where LGBTQ+ people and other marginalized groups are fully embraced by active allies and can live safely and openly.
WHO WE ARE
We have served the community in Northern Virginia since 2003, when it started as a grassroots activist organization. In 2021, we became a non-profit incorporated organization and work to serve the LGBTQ+ community in every way possible.
WHAT WE DO
We work on four principals
Advocacy - Building a network that supports LGBTQ+ individuals by meeting their needs and improving well-being.
Education - Providing public awareness and information to reduce stigmatization and empower the LGBTQ+ community.
Community- Creating relationships across multiple organizations, individuals, and leaders that fosters growth and inclusion.
Defense - Strengthening the ideals of LGBTQ+ equality through legal, anti-discrimination, and legislative programs.
Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce
Loudoun County Continuum of Care
Stop Child Abuse Network of Northern Virginia
INOVA Medical Juniper Program
NOVA Equality Alliance
Gold Seal- GuideStar Non-Profit Network Member
Founded originally in 2003, the grassroots teams that began it all worked through some of the biggest struggles of the 21st century's fight for equality. As time went on and the region changed, the group responded to challenge after challenge, from marriage equality to trans protections. We have fought at every level of our community to help secure acceptance everywhere from classrooms to businesses and more to create a shared community vision for Loudoun County.
In 2021, a new team of advocates officially incorporated Equality Loudoun under the mission of building communities of support for LGBTQ+ people; advocating for equal protection in laws and policies; educating our community through trainings in businesses, school staff, and parents; and defending the rights of LGBTQ+ by providing resources and pursuing legal means to enshrine protections under the law.
As an official non-profit, we are building a new vision of the future where equality is more than just an idea but a reality for all the residents of Loudoun Country. This story is still being written.
The best way to help is by being a good and contributing member of our community.
Whether that is through the support of individuals who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, or person with disabilities, or through support of the principles of diversity, equity, equality, accessibility, and inclusion, or through a life of service focused on government, military, environmental, or other important challenges.
A community where every person is supported regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, ability, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other discriminatory basis is a community where all thrive.
To help support our mission, consider one of the following:
Learn how you can get involved with Equality Loudoun.
Learn more about the LGBTQ+ community.
Schedule your workplace or yourself for an education session.
Make a tax-deductible contribution to support our mission.
Join the Loudoun Business Allies program to spread acceptance.
Become an official partner with Equality Loudoun to provide resources.
Partner with us to create affirming events and community.
Sign up to receive our emails and notifications on important issues.
Every spring, the Board of Directors reviews the nominations for the Annual Pride Awards. Nominations close on April 5 and the vote for the awardees takes place on May 1. The recipients receive their awards at the Loudoun Pride Festival. If you know an exceptional community member, educator, Board member, or volunteer-
PRIDE IN OUR COMMUNITY
The Pride in Our Community award is designed to recognize a member of the community who has soared above all in their dedication to the tenets of Advocacy, Community, Education, and Defense in support of the LGBTQ+ and all communities in Loudoun County.
Connie Rice (2022): Connie has dedicated over a decade to being a leading voice in both the Loudoun County community and teach industry. As a former Board member for Equality Loudoun, she created a passion for improving her community and set herself apart as a leader in transgender rights advocacy in the region.
Chris Croll (2021): Chris worked tirelessly as an advocate within the community to improve schools both as a member of the Loudoun County School Board and as a community member always focusing on the mental health and wellness of youth. She dedicated herself to the passage of equal protections in the Public School System and works with a suicide prevention organization.
PRIDE IN OUR SCHOOLS
The Pride in Our Schools award is intended to recognize a member of the educational community who has exemplified dedication to LGBTQ+ equality in education- a fundamental aspect of the advancement towards LGBTQ+ equality for future generations.
Kristin Wells (2022): Frau Wells, as she's widely known by her students, was nominated by numerous students because her classroom was always a safe space for her students where they felt welcome, felt affirmed, and could feel safe to be themselves authentically. She stood out as an outstanding educator in 2022 for being inclusive and compassionate.
PRIDE IN OUR LEGACY
The Pride in Our Legacy award is reserved for a member of the Equality Loudoun Board of Directors who has inspired action, created change, and left a lasting impression on the LGBTQ+ community of Loudoun County forever.
Catie Cote (2022): Catie worked around the clock throughout 2021 and 2022 to help Equality Loudoun become an incorporated non-profit that launched nearly a dozen programs within the span of a single year. She focused on launching the first Loudoun scholarships for LGBTQ+ students and a Banned Books Club that focused on equal representation.
Nicholas Gothard (2022): Nick served the Equality Loudoun Board of Directors in 2021-22 as it grew into a powerful regional force for change and equality, being responsible for getting the message out and expanding the reach. Thanks to his efforts, hundreds of Loudoun County residents turned out to support the passage of Policy 8040.
PRIDE IN OUR SERVICE
The Pride in Our Service award was created to recognize the volunteer spirit that empowers community members to become change makers. These individuals have excelled at effort to improve LGBTQ+ rights and demonstrated incredible resolve to be a force for good.
Jennifer Parsons (2022): Jenny served as the Deputy Director for the Loudoun Pride Festival in 2022, jumping into the newly created role and tackling every task that made Pride possible. Without her efforts and outstanding leadership, the first annual Loudoun Pride Festival would never have happened. Now, thanks to her, it stands to be an annual celebration.
Lindsay Tuck (2022): Lindsay has worked behind the scenes in multiple roles with Equality Loudoun since 2019, setting up numerous events, tabling in grueling conditions, lending her home to the efforts of the organization, managing the inventory and care of Equality Loudoun's equipment, and so much more. In 2022, she served as the Assistant to the Deputy Director for the Loudoun Pride Festival and was instrumental in creating the successful event that has now launched a legacy.