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Gay and Lesbian Community


Lambda Society on Marshall University campus was vibrant by 1981


West Virginia Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Rights formed


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


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


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


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


First statewide Gay Pride Parade held in Charleston


Rainbow Pride of West Virginia was founded as West Virginia Pride

Other events that happened on or around 1997


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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