West Virginia Equal Rights Resources

Equal Rights in West Virginia:

West Virginia is currently battling with its citizens and politicians over what many consider to be basic civil rights such as workplace discrimination, same-sex marriage, and hate crime prevention. Whether gay, straight, bisexual, or otherwise you may be wondering what you can do to promote the progress of equal rights in West Virginia. 

Here are some resources already available in the state:

Fairness WV you can also find them on Facebook

Fairness West Virginia (Fairness) is the statewide civil rights advocacy organization dedicated to fair treatment and civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender West Virginians. Our mission is to ensure LGBT people can be open, honest and safe at home, at work, and in the community. We represent the diversity of Appalachia and our membership is open to everyone who believes in fundamental fairness. About statement from http://www.fairnesswv.org/about/

The Fairness West Virginia site is a helpful and informative website providing important legal resources that assist the Gay and Lesbian community in their quest to eliminate discrimination in their lives and work.

Pride WV you can also find them on Facebook

Pride WV is a not for profit organization based in Charleston, WV that provides information and resources for the Gay and Lesbian community in West Virginia. The site includes an event calender, meeting schedule, and their own blog that they update with community events and news as well as information about their current membership and board members. 

This website is a less formal resource to the Gay and Lesbian community of West Virginia. While they do provide valuable links to many resources including HIV and STD testing they also promote many events and festivals promoting Gay and Equal Rights awareness in the state.



The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia (ACLU-WV) is a non-partisan, non-profit membership organization whose mission is to fulfill the promise of the Bill of Rights for all West Virginians and expand the reach of its guarantees to new areas.

While the ACLU affiliate in West Virginia was founded in 1971, the ACLU has had a presence in West Virginia since 1920, the year the national organization was founded. It was at that time the state tried to prevent miners from exercising their right to organize and bargain collectively by jailing them, and the ACLU sent lawyers to represent them. About Us statement from http://www.acluwv.org/

The ACLU in West Virginia website provides basic, non-biased, information about what civil rights are possessed by all Americans. The website is a legal resource for anyone in the state who feels their civil rights are being violated. They have a Legal Program that  accepts request for legal assistance in civil rights disputes. They also provide contact information for other resources outside their organization that can assist in the fight for Equal Rights in West Virgnia.