Virginia Human Rights Act; prohibits discrimination in employment. (HB2129)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk), and Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Human Rights Act; public employment, public accommodation, and housing; prohibited discrimination; sexual orientation. Prohibits discrimination in employment and public accommodation on the basis of sexual orientation. The bill defines "sexual orientation" as a person's actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or gender identity or expression. The bill expressly provides that "sexual orientation" does not include any person's attraction toward persons with whom sexual conduct would be illegal due to the age of the parties. The bill also codifies existing prohibited discrimination in public employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a veteran. The bill also adds discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful discriminatory housing practice. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103723D
01/11/2017Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/16/2017Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
01/18/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2129)
01/19/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 2-N)
01/19/2017Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (2-Y 5-N)
02/08/2017Left in General Laws


Mandi Chapman writes:

I would like to thank Rep. Levine for bringing Bill House Bill 2129 forward to protect the rights of Virginia citizens and opposing House Bill 1612 which would prevent transgender individuals from using bathrooms safely. I would like to take this public comment opportunity to clarify that sexual orientation and gender identity, while often discussed together, are two very different constructs. Sexual orientation or sexual identity has to do with whether someone is attracted to same sex or different sex partners or both. Gender identity has to do with whether someone aligns with the sex they were assigned at birth or a different gender - sometimes nonbinary. I applaud Rep. Levine's sponsorship of this bill, and I thank him for representing me as an Alexandrian.