Dec 30th, 2020

Andria McClellan Hosts Listening Session with Virginia’s LGBTQ+ Leaders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
December 30, 2020    

Contact: press@a4va.com

Norfolk, Virginia – Yesterday evening, Norfolk City Councilmember and candidate for Lieutenant Governor Andria McClellan hosted a digital listening session with LGBTQ+ leaders from around the Commonwealth. The conversation spanned a number of topics, including repealing the Marshall-Newman Amendment, building on the Virginia Values Act and expanding access to opportunity for all LGBTQ+ Virginians, especially those from rural and/or communities of color that have been too long overlooked.

This event was the first listening session of McClellan’s campaign.

 “I really appreciate these leaders making the time to share their thoughts and insights with me as we work toward greater and permanent equality in Virginia,” said Andria McClellan. “While we have made progress and become the first Southern state to enshrine anti-discrimination protections in law, we know that too many members of the LGBTQ+ community face discrimination and disproportionate barriers in accessing small business capital, employment opportunities, affordable healthcare, housing and a safe environment. All Virginians deserve access to these basic resources.”

During the call, Andria and participants discussed several issues related to equality and opportunity for LGBTQ+ Virginians, including:

–       Addressing violence, especially against trans* women of color;

–       Protecting young people, especially LGBTQ+ young people, within the foster care system through the establishment of a Foster Care Bill of Rights;

–       Supporting and promoting LGBTQ+-owned businesses;

–       Removing gender terms and pronouns from the Code of Virginia;

–       Improving access to advance planning services and technologies for LGBTQ+ couples;

–       Restoring state-level benefits to veterans dismissed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity;

–       Building upon the anti-discrimination protections of the Virginia Values Act and

–       Repealing the hateful Marshall-Newman amendment.

As a member of the Norfolk City Council, Andria has twice been recognized by Outwire757 for her work: Best Ally in 2018 and Best Elected Official 2019. She is the only candidate for Lieutenant Governor from Hampton Roads; she represents the largest constituency of any candidate in the race. If elected, she would become Virginia’s first female Lieutenant Governor. Learn more: www.andriaforvirginia.com. 

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About Andria

Raised in Hampton Roads and educated in Virginia Beach Public Schools, McClellan received her bachelor’s degree in 1991 from the University of Virginia. While working a full-time job, McClellan graduated from the Wharton Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and went on to run two small start up companies before returning fulltime to Hampton Roads in 2000 to raise her family and become an active community leader, serving on numerous boards and commissions at the regional, state and national level.

McClellan was first elected to represent Norfolk’s Superward 6 in 2016 and was recently re-elected in 2020.   She currently serves as the Chair of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and chairs its Coastal Resilience Subcommittee. Andria is also Vice Chair of the Hampton Roads Transit District Commission (HRT) and chairs its Smart Cities & Innovation committee.  She also serves as Vice Chair of the Southside Network Authority, the governmental body that is leading the 5-city regional broadband internet ring. 

From 2018-2019, Andria co-chaired the Norfolk Mayor’s Commission on Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation, creating the region’s first ever Climate Action Plan. She was also recently appointed to the National League of Cities 2020 Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources federal advocacy committee. McClellan serves as the national co-chair of the Climate Working Group for The NewDEAL, along with Wisconsin Lt. Governor, Mandela Barnes, and she was recently appointed as a citizen member to the Virginia Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding. 

She served as the Vice Chair for Finance for the Democratic Party of Virginia from 2014-2015 and is a founding board member of the Democratic Business Alliance of South Hampton Roads.

Her passion for Virginians has been recognized by a variety of statewide leaders, most notably through gubernatorial appointments to the Virginia Small Business Advisory Board, the Virginia Family & Children Trust Fund, and the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Local Government Advisory Committee. 

Andria currently resides in Norfolk with her husband Mike, their three sons and two beloved dogs. ###

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