In a landmark 5 to 4 decision today in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the United States Supreme Court affirmed marriage equality for all 50 states.
The ruling protects the marriages of nearly 2,000 Virginia couples who have married since marriage equality came to Virginia in October, thousands more who have had their marriages recognized, and dozens of children who have been adopted or had both their parents placed on their birth certificate.
It’s been fifty years since a top official at the Labor Department released a report on African-American families, and now – as part of the Look3 Festival in Charlottesville – a show called Father Figure disputes that report. Andrea Douglas is Executive Director of the African-American Heritage Center.
The transition by the former Bruce Jenner into Caitlin Jenner is another symbol of how ideas about gender are changing in America. But when it comes to rural communities, it can be more complicated for people who are, or would like to be transgender.
Just last year, hoarding disorder was added to what’s called the DSM-5, the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
Steri-Clean was started by The Hoarders’ A&E TV series host Cory Chalmers but also recently became franchised in Richmond. The company started as a crime scene cleanup company run by Amber Voss and her husband.
“We had a call come in for a crime scene, there was no blood; it was a hoarder. I said where’s the crime scene, she said this is it. I said oh my!”
She did some research and reached out to Cory Chalmers.
Auditions are scheduled (10/20/14) to cast volunteers to read oral histories in a performance at the Lyric Theater in Blacksburg this Saturday.
The live theatrical presentation weaves a dozen oral histories into an artistic tapestry that focuses on resiliency in the LGBTQ Appalachian community. It’s the headliner for the 10th Annual Gay in Appalachia’ event, presented by the LGBTQ Caucus at Virginia Tech.