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Mission

Equality Loudoun is a non-profit organization that advocates, educates,
defends, and builds community to support LGBTQ+ equality in Loudoun County.

Vision

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.

Non-Profit

Equality Loudoun is an incorporated legal entity and an officially designated 501(c)3 non-profit charity. All contributions are tax-deductible. If you need a copy of our Determination Letter for tax filing purposes, please visit our Official Records.
 

About Equality Loudoun

 

Equality Loudoun (EQLOCO) has been working since 2003 to make Loudoun County, Virginia a welcoming place for all its residents - gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and straight. We think that all families are important and deserve security, all children have the right to a safe and supportive educational environment, and all members of the community are entitled to respectful and equal representation by our elected officials.

Our goal is a Loudoun community free from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. By participating in civic life, building relationships with business, religious, and community leaders, and living our lives with integrity, we can create a community with respect for all.

Whether you are only interested in local social events, are looking for opportunities to participate in education and advocacy, or just want to stay informed about LGBT issues in our local community, Equality Loudoun has a way to stay connected and involved that is right for you.

 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 temporarily halted operations from 2013 through 2016. Following the Supreme Court's Marriage Equality Decision in 2015, EQLOCO was restarted to continue its mission to bring equality to all the citizens of Loudoun County. They fought for acceptance in classrooms, in public spaces, and strove to create a shared community vision for Loudoun County. 

Now, in 2021, a new generation of advocates have stepped up and officially incorporated Equality Loudoun with the same goals to strive for advocacy, education, and community! As an official non-profit, they 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.

What We Do

Networking through social events

Nonpartisan voter information

Visibility through civic participation

Partnership with Equality Virginia and other regional LGBT organizations

Building relationships with local businesses and faith communities

Legislative updates and education

Advocacy with elected officials

Outreach and education in the community

What Matters is You

Equality Loudoun is built to achieve 3 main goals

Advocacy

Education

Community

Underlying each of these goals is you, the individual. We aim to support you in your journey and life as someone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, non-binary, asexual, demigender, pansexual, agender, an ally, or something else entirely!

 

And what is often missed is that in addition to being a unique color in our rainbow community, you are also a parent, a spouse, a child, a grandchild, a business leader, a worker, an advocate, a friend, a neighbor, or just a great person!  You may be white, black, Asian, middle eastern, Hispanic, or indigenous.

 

You may be male, female, agender, or non-binary. You may religious or secular. You may be old or young. You may be single or married. It doesn't matter.

 

Because Equality Loudoun is focused on equality. For all. For every single individual.Because it's when we put the individuals together, fighting together to make the world a better place, we make a community! Join us!

How to Support Us

There are so many ways you can get involved depending on who you are. We are a very multifaceted group that engages in community outreach, advocacy, LGBTQ+ support, educational opportunities, supporting legal petitions for rights, and so much more. 

Donate

As partners in the fight for equality, there is no greater gift our organization can receive than a donation in support of our mission. To donate, please click here: Donate Today!

Partner With Us

Our network of partner organizations is great, from coordinating with the local governments to the Human Rights Campaign. Do you have an organization that would like to become a Business Partner or are you an Outreach Organization that would like to be added as a support page for LGBTQ+ individuals?

Join Us

With dozens of members and growing all the time, there is no better time to join in the camaraderie, fun, and excitement of making a difference for the LGBTQ+ community! We meet on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. virtually. Check out our Events page for more information!