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A recent Suzanne Patrick for Congress event hosted by Decorum Furniture

Vote to Move Virginia Forward in November

Vote to Move Virginia Forward in November

By Michael Hamar   For non-political junkies (for the record I will admit that I am a political junkie!), living in Virginia can be exhausting given its off year state elections which result in Virginians undergoing political campaign overload literally every year.  But every year’s election cycle does matter and the outcome can have a

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The Plight Faced by Many LGBT Seniors

By Michael Hamar   The record breaking crowd at this year’s Hampton Roads Pride Fest was a wonder to see and, hopefully, it suggests that local LGBT individuals, couples and families are at last finding the courage and self-confidence to live their lives authentically.  That said, I was amazed at the huge numbers of people

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The Power of Being “Out” and Creating Change

By Michael Hamar On August 23, Hampton Roads Pride will present its 26th Annual Pride Fest in Town Point Park on the downtown Norfolk waterfront.  Not that many years ago, Pride Fest was relegated to a small area in an obscure back area of Lakewood Park.  That was the location of the first Pride Fest

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The Transgendered – The “Religious Right’s New Favorite Target

By Mike Hamar   Last month President Obama indicated that he intends to sign an executive order barring employment discrimination by government contractors in light of the Republican controlled House of Representatives’ obstruction of any considerate of the version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA”) already passed by the U.S. Senate.  At the Democrat National

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