Equality Virginia
530 E Main Street, Suite 600
Richmond VA 23219
Mission Statement Equality Virginia is the leading statewide advocacy organization seeking full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Virginians. EV believes in a truly inclusive Commonwealth where all are equally welcomed and valued, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. James Parrish
Board Chair Melodie Thigpen
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address 530 E Main Street, Suite 600
Richmond, VA 23219
Telephone 804 643-4816
Fax 804 643-1554
E-mail info@equalityvirginia.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1999
Former Names
Virginians For Justice Education Fund2002
Equality Virginia Education Fund2009
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $595,000.00
Projected Expenses $594,300.00
Mission Equality Virginia is the leading statewide advocacy organization seeking full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Virginians. EV believes in a truly inclusive Commonwealth where all are equally welcomed and valued, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Recent Successes
  • Virginia gained the freedom to marry on October 6, 2014. For over 25 years EV has been a strong voice for the LGBT community, helping to create an overwhelming change in public opinion in regards to marriage equality.
  • In 2014, EV hosted its first annual Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit (TIES), a daylong summit that offers workshops and resources for transgender individuals, their spouses and partners, parents of trans youth, and advocates. TIES is designed to build community, create visibility, and promote advocacy for the transgender community.
  • EV worked with newly elected Governor McAuliffe to sign Executive Order One which protects state gay and transgender employees from discrimination in the workplace, a first in the south.
  • EV worked with VHSL to remove the surgery requirement for transgender students to participate in high school sports.
  • Since launching its Safe Schools program in 2012, EV has increased the number of public school students covered under enumerated bullying policies from under 2% to over 24%. EV continues to work with school boards and administrators across Virginia to ensure that every LGBT student feels safe and protected at school.
  • In January of 2015, EV launched "Equality Means Business", a campaign designed to showcase Virginia businesses that do not discriminate against LGBT employees or customers. 
Individual Support
Individual donations account for more than 60% of Equality Virginia's income. These unrestricted funds allow EV to direct resources where they are most needed to create a Virginia that is a safe, welcoming, and equal place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their families to live, work, and play.
TIES Sponsorship
Equality Virginia's Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit (TIES) is a daylong summit that offers resources, workshops and direct support to transgender individuals, their partners and spouses, and parents of trans youth.Your $500 sponsorship allows us to hold this important event at no cost for participants. Please visit Equality Virginia's website for more details.
Equality Means Business
EV is seeking LGBT friendly businesses to join our growing Equality Means Business campaign. Do you know a business that has non-discrimination policies for its LGBT employees and customers? If so, we want to showcase them and add them to our growing list of LGBT friendly businesses. It is completely free to join and being a member provides marketing benefits. Please visit Equality Virginia's website for more details.
Founded in 1989 as "Virginians for Justice," Equality Virginia is the leading statewide advocacy, education, and outreach organization supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Virginians.
EV has a history of defeating legislation designed to harm gay and transgender individuals and continues to work with elected leaders, businesses, and supporters to create a more equal Virginia for everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Equality Virginia's strategy for achieving full lived and legal equality includes creating visibility for transgender Virginians, working with the business community, engaging Virginia;s leaders, and protecting Virginia's youth.
CEO Statement

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Board Chair
Board Chair Melodie Thigpen
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2017 to June 2018
Email operations@equalityvirginia.org
Board of Directors
Board Members
TJ Brennan NextSource
Shari Drees N/A
Elizabeth Fogarty People of Faith for Equality in Virginia
Carl Johansen Rose & Womble Realty
Robert Mish Washington and Lee University
Janet Moore Community Volunteer
Greg Patterson Kearney & Co
Andy Ramamoorthy Capital One
Catherine Read Creative Read, Inc
Anthony Reale Altria
Kim Roe Community Volunteer
Carol Schall Virginia Commonwealth University
Jane Sper Kutak Rock LLP
Michael Sutphin Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Science
Melodie Thigpen Capital One
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 10
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. James Parrish
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 1
Contractors 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Equality Virginia has partnered with local organizations such as Diversity Richmond, ROSMY, People of Faith for Equality in Virginia, the Virginia Anti-Violence Project and with national organizations such as NCTE, NCLR, Family Equality Council, HRC, and the Equality Federation.
Virginia Pride AwardVirginia Partisans Gay & Lesbian Democratic Club1996
Only one in 11 people know somebody who is transgender. That's why EV is creating visibility for transgender Virginians. One way to open hearts and minds, and ultimately change laws, is to create opportunities to get to know one another. EV's Transgender Advocates are out in their communities meeting with people, sharing their stories, writing blogs, and creating videos.
Through EV's annual Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit (TIES) hundreds of people including transgender individuals, significant others, parents of transgender youth, and advocates come together to learn about the newest resources, take part in seminars and workshops, and bring new information back to their communities.
Businesses that have non-discrimination policies in place and ensure that LGBT employees feel safe at work have healthier, happier, and more productive employees. That's why EV is working with the business community.
Through Virginia Fairness, EV highlights large and small businesses that respect and value the diversity of their customers and employees. Companies including Altria, Capital One, CarMax, Dominion, and Genworth have been recognized through the Virginia Fairness Accredited Companies program.

All students have the right to feel safe at school regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBT students frequently are the subjects of harassment and bullying by peers, teachers, and school officials. Such harassment and bullying undermines the positive learning environment that schools try to create which leads to lowered self-esteem and can contribute to depression.


School professionals have an obligation to provide a positive environment for all of their students, but they need to be educated on the risk and protective factors for LGBT youth and how to support these youth effectively given the unique challenges they may experience at home, school and in the community based upon their sexual orientation and gender identity.


Through this program, EV works towards the adoption of anti-bullying policies within individual school districts, and insuring that these school districts have the proper resources in place to help them successfully implement said policies.


Statistics show that knowing someone within the LGBT community increases support for LGBT rights. This positive correlation makes coming out a critical component of the movement's future progress.


In light of the importance of being out to the LGBT movement, Equality Virginia recognizes OUTstanding Virginians who have represented the community with distinction each year at our annual Commonwealth Dinner.

OUTstanding honorees are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Virginians who have made a mark. Some are activists whose courage and dedication to equality have influenced our movement. Others are LGBT elected officials, entertainers, or business leaders who have achieved great success.

We encourage the community to nominate individuals to receive this distinct honor by sending a recommendation to the EV office or filling in the information on our website's OUTstanding Virginians page.


Every year, Equality Virginia is contacted by people from across the state who report incidences of discrimination, hate and violence. The stories of these individuals are important for a number of reasons. The courage of those that are willing to share with us their stories, help us educate everyday Virginians and public officials about the obstacles faced by our community. They prove that there is a reason for organizations like Equality Virginia to exist. They help guide us in our efforts and service to the community, and they let us know that there is still much work to be done.


If you have been the victim of, or witness to, discrimination, hate or violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity, please take a few moments to visit our website and tell us your story.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $595,000.00
Projected Expenses $594,300.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$83,363$0
Individual Contributions$175,733$179,337$204,170
Investment Income, Net of Losses$503$158$178
Membership Dues------
Special Events$161,443$147,301$34,752
Revenue In-Kind----$15,496
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$313,913$287,228$355,282
Administration Expense$36,320$51,018$41,968
Fundraising Expense$60,366$34,833$24,537
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.121.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%77%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%8%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$246,254$212,691$167,118
Current Assets$240,254$205,947$165,707
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$10,293$6,563$5,887
Total Net Assets$235,961$206,128$161,231
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities23.3431.3828.15
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application 12/2015View
Foundation Comments
  • Financial analysis performed with the Form 990.  Supplemental information provided by the financial statements.