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Gay and Lesbian Community


1981

Lambda Society on Marshall University campus was vibrant by 1981

1991

West Virginia Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Rights formed

1993

Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Rights introduced first amendments to add sexual orientation to hate crime laws and the West Virginia Human Rights Act

1993

First Lesbian and Gay Pride march was held on Marshall University campus

1993

Week-long gay rights celebration at Marshall was met with counter-protest covered by CNN

1993

Julia Hagan became first West Virginia representative of support group, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

1996

First statewide Gay Pride Parade held in Charleston

1997

Rainbow Pride of West Virginia was founded as West Virginia Pride

Other events that happened on or around 1997

2008

Fairness West Virginia was founded

Oct 09, 2014

Following court rulings and announcements by the governor and attorney general, same-sex marriage was effectively legalized in West Virginia


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