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LGBT rights group to rally at state capitol

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CHARLESTON, W.Va - Fairness West Virginia is pleased to announce the schedule and lineup for its 2015 Lobbying Workshop and Day of Action to take place January 18th and 19th in Charleston.

On January 18th, Fairness supporters and community members are invited to participate in a lobbying workshop to be held at Temple Israel in Charleston from 4pm to 5:15pm. The day will provide an insider's perspective on the lobbying process with regard to progressive legislation as well as cover effective lobbying strategies relating to LGBT rights with lawmakers at home and in Charleston.

Leading the workshop will be Dan Kimble, the President and CEO of Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce and past Chief Counsel and Chief of Staff to the WV Speaker of the House. Immediately following the workshop, attendees are invited to a causal social mixer at Bluegrass Kitchen on the historic East End of Charleston.

“We're very excited about giving our supporters access to Dan Kimble at this year's lobbying workshop,” says Fairness West Virginia Executive Director, Andrew Schneider. “With many years of experience on both sides of the legislative process, Dan is an excellent resource for helping us navigate the changing political waters in West Virginia.”

The following morning on January 19th at 9am, supporters will gather in the Lower Rotunda at the West Virginia State Capitol to lobby their legislators and encourage passage of policies prohibiting discrimination against LGBT West Virginians. At 10am, Fairness West Virginia will hold a press conference and rally featuring speakers from the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates as well as prominent business leaders.

“The primary focus of this year's Day of Action is to demonstrate support for the fair and equal treatment of all West Virginians”, says Fairness West Virginia board chair Kelly J. Kimble. “We also want to encourage West Virginia's lawmakers to take a stand against legislation that unfairly targets LGBT West Virginians.”

Fairness West Virginia is the statewide civil rights advocacy organization dedicated to fair treatment and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender West Virginians. Their mission is to ensure that LGBT people in West Virginia can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in the community.

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