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EQUALITY ALLIES

WHAT IS AN EQUALITY ALLY?

An Equality Ally is a community partner that has worked to become more than just an ally, they want to ensure the community has an overwhelming voice of support in the places they do business, worship, receive care, and more. The program is open to any business, organization, non-profit, place of worship, medical or mental health provider, and support provider that is willing to go through our process to affirm their allyship in a real and meaningful way. Just look for the Equality Allies sticker on the front door!

THE PROGRAM IS LAUNCHING OCTOBER 1. PRE-REGISTER NOW!

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WHAT DOES IT TAKE?

It all starts with a form you can find here. First, you'll be asked some basic questions about your business or organization's affirming and accepting practices. You will then be asked to make a $250 donation to support LGBTQ+ non-profit advocacy work in our county (free for non-profits and school-based groups). Then you'll be provided a short survey on specifics related to your industry to help us gauge your level of partnership, how we can help, and provide important information to our community. Lastly, a member of our staff will review your information and provide an internal vetting process within 2 weeks. Once that is complete, you'll receive a full lifetime membership into the program and all the benefits that come with it.

WHAT IS THE BENEFIT?

Those who are accepted as Equality Allies will be featured on our online directories of affirming places that are shared with our thousands of committed members. Studies show that LGBTQ+ customer loyalty to affirming businesses can help provide better recruitment and retention, increased sales revenue, and improved word-of-mouth referrals. In addition, we will routinely feature Equality Allies in our emails, social media posts, and in-person events. You will also receive free access to our LGBTQ+ Learning Library online catalogue that can help your organization earn Badges to highlight it in our directories, can assist in meeting HR and DEI requirements, and provide personal enrichment opportunities.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Discrimination and harassment are all too common to LGBTQ+ individuals, with over half of our queer community experiencing it according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. By creating a community that is not quiet in it's support, we can change this in Loudoun County by making clear our business leaders, faith leaders, and community leaders will not allow discrimination that prohibits queer people from living their lives freely and happily.