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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

On behalf of my business, place of worship, or organization, I hereby agree:

 

PARTNERSHIP: That I shall be entering into a partnership agreement with Equality Loudoun, a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and that the mission of Equality Loudoun is to advocate, educate, defend, and build community to support LGBTQ+ equality in Loudoun County. Any donations or contributions to our organization will be used for these causes.

MISSION: That my business or organization is voluntarily joining as member of the Equality Allies, a coalition under the umbrella of Equality Loudoun, which comes with certain expectations and responsibilities. It shall be my duty to ensure my company or organization complies with all the terms and conditions of being a member of this group.

DURATION: The period of this agreement and the partnership is from the time of signing up into perpetuity unless otherwise notified by the participating entity to terminate inclusion in this program.

AUTHORITY: That I am entering into this agreement with the express permission and support of the managing agents, directors, or leadership of my business, place of worship, or organization.

PLEDGE:  That as the terms of this partnership, I agree to the following conditions: 

  • We commit to creating a business, place of worship, or organization environment that will be a welcoming, safe space for LGBTQ+ customers and employees.

  • We recognize that LGBTQ+ people shall include individuals, families, or groups who are or may include people who are gay, bisexual, lesbian, transgender, queer, non-binary, intersex, asexual, or any person who has a minority sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 

  • We shall research or consult with Equality Loudoun about methods to make our business, place of worship, or organization as affirming, potentially including:

    • Working to remove or limit cisgender and heteronormative behaviors, practices, and advertising.

    • Allowing individuals to utilize restrooms and facilities based on their gender identities.

    • Allowing individuals to freely and openly self-select their own information within your business, place of worship, or organization such as name or pronouns.

    • Working to prohibit discriminatory language, acts, or behaviors against LGBTQ+ individuals from leaders, employees, volunteers, or patrons.

  • We commit to meeting the obligations of our tier of membership through some form of Donation, Education, or Contribution.

  • We commit to displaying, in an obvious location, the Equality Allies emblem that will provided for the duration of the partnership.

ADVERTISING: Equality Loudoun shall graphically or otherwise present your answers to some of these questions online on our web page, via email, or in social media so that the community may determine for themselves whether or not your business or organization is best for them.

TERMINATION: Equality Loudoun shall reserve the right to exclude anyone from this program if we feel they do not truly embody the core values of our mission to provide advocacy, education, community, and defense for the LGBTQ+ community here in Loudoun County. Accordingly, we have developed Terms and Conditions for participation, available here, as part of this agreement.

VERIFICATION: Equality Loudoun shall conduct a short review of your business or organization. The scope of that review may include researching publicly available information or performing a site visit.

 

REVIEW: Equality Loudoun shall allow businesses future opportunities to revise these answers and earn additional badges.

LEGAL: We agree to any changes to the terms and conditions by Equality Loudoun, made at any time for any reason, in perpetuity. In the event we can no longer agree to any updated terms and conditions, we will notify representatives of Equality Loudoun in writing of our intent to terminate the agreement. We agree not to sue Equality Loudoun for any reason, at any time, outside of a clear and intentional act of negligence, for participation in this program.