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Virginia’s First Trans State Legislator Unseats Transphobic “Bathroom Bill” Writer

Yesterday, Virginia elected Democratic candidate Danica Roem who is now the first openly transgender woman to have been elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.

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Pissed Off and Pro-Choice, Women Are Running for Office in Record-Breaking Numbers

In the off-year state legislature elections in Virginia and New Jersey, women are running for office in record-breaking numbers.

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Things We Saw Today: What Should Virginia Rename The Jefferson Davis Highway?

The town of Alexandria, Virginia is soliciting ideas for what to rename their slice of the Jefferson Davis Highway.

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Heather Heyer’s Mom Has No Time or Patience for Trump’s False Condolences

A couple of days ago, we watched with heartbreak as Susan Bro, mother of Charlottesville activist Heather Heyer, spoke at a memorial service for her daughter. She spoke to the fact that she wanted her daughter's death to count for something, and encouraged all of us not to let it have been in vain, but to fight injustice as her daughter no doubt would have continued to do. Bro is now putting that into practice.

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Heather Heyer is the Hero Who Was Killed by a White Supremacist in Charlottesville Yesterday

Heather D. Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal whose friends described her as a passionate advocate for justice, has been identified as the woman killed in Charlottesville, Virginia yesterday.

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Torch-Wielding Racists Descended on Charlottesville, Virginia Last Night

Last night, torch-wielding racists and hate groups descended on Charlottesville, Virginia as part of the lead-up to a Unite the Right rally. It looked a hell of a lot like a KKK rally.

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Danica Roem Set to Possibly Make History as First Openly Trans State Legislator

Last night, Virginia held its Democratic primary for the state elections, and one winning candidate could potentially make history this Fall.

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Virginia Says “Hold My Beer,” Creates Even More Dangerous HB2 “Bathroom Bill”

It's like HB2, but the school also has to out you to your parents.

I have to ask: just who are these bills really protecting?

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U.S. Supreme Court to Vote On a High School Bathroom Case Involving a Transgender Student For the First Time

Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old trans boy in Virginia, just wants to use the boys' bathroom at the high school he attends. A July ruling by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked an appeal by the Gloucester County School Board to force students to use bathrooms according to the gender they were assigned at birth. Now, the case has been kicked up to the U.S. Supreme Court, who will vote directly on an issue of transgender rights for the first time.

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Review: Virginia Silently Asks the Tough Questions About Gender, Identity & Power

Virginia is as much a Lynchian cinematic experience as it is a game, with a disorienting narrative that jumps between timelines, as the boundaries between reality, dream, and fantasy become blurred. And while it has come to be pigeonholed as a walking simulator, a far more accurate description is lucid dream simulator.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Apparently Not a Fan of Oral Sex, Wants to Ban It

With whom, exactly, is this guy popular?

Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, has apparently decided that the only way to protect children from being raped is by outlawing oral and anal sex for consenting adults. Because that obviously makes sense.

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Homeowner Finds Anti-Tank Missiles In Garden Shed

It seems that someone thought fireworks weren't festive enough for the Fourth of July. 'MURICA!

Though your weekend sucked because it was like a trillion degrees pretty much wherever you were in the U.S.? Well, you're not wrong, but at least you didn't have to leave your nice, air-conditioned living room because your block was in danger of exploding. A neighborhood in Leesburg, Virginia had to be evacuated this Saturday after a woman discovered anti-tank missiles while cleaning out her garden shed. Neither she nor the authorities have any idea what they were doing there.

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Roanoke, Virignia’s Second Female Police Officer Dies

Today in Boobs

Rosa Lillian Adams Smith was the second woman to be hired by the Roanoke Police Department in Virginia. She began her work in 1944 and dedicated twenty years of her life to crime fighting. She passed away earlier this week at the age of 92. Read on for her story. 

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Uteri of the Internet Unite! Women Leave “Vagina Updates” on Virginia State Senator’s Facebook Page

A Series of Fallopian Tubes

Good afternoon, Mary Sue readers! Meet Virginia State Senator Ryan McDougle! He is one of the state lawmakers who has come out to ardently support the state's mandatory transvaginal ultrasound bill, almost as if he had no idea what was really entailed in women's health decisions that are usually made by women. He is pictured above speaking with some of his constituents, and he invites other constituents to visit him on his Facebook page! Some of them have, and they have some questions that concern their vaginas, ovaries, and uteri they have felt compelled to share with him, what with his sudden interest in the reproductive goings-on of strangers! Want to come take a look? There are screenshots!

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Virginia State Senator Janet Howell Suggests a Rectal Exam Amendment to a Horrible Abortion Bill

hold on to your butts

In an attempt to "even things up" while the Virginia senate debated a controversial and upsetting anti-choice bill that would require abortion providers to force women to undergo a vaginal sonogram (an invasive procedure) before going through with the procedure, State Senator Janet Howell proposed an amendment -- before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction drugs, men would be subject to rectal exams and stress tests. And that makes Senator Janet Howell today's official State Senatorial Hero.

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Virginia Considers Tax Incentive for Space Burials

If the idea of having some of your cremated remains blasted into space is appealing, you might want to consider moving to Virginia. The state's legislature is reportedly considering a bill that would provide a hefty income tax deduction for people who opt for a space burial, perhaps turning the state into America's premiere repository for the space-bound dead.

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5.9 Virginia Quake Felt All Over East Coast

If you're anywhere on the East Coast, you may have felt a little shaking. We did too. A 5.9 magnitude quake in Virginia was felt all up and down the east coast around 2:00pm EST today. According to early Twitter and social media accounts, the shaking was felt everywhere from Virginia up to New York City. It's worth noting that the last time NYC experienced anything that could even be loosely considered an earthquake was way back in August of 1884, so even just a little wobble is pretty weird. I figured I was just a little dizzy, and then that maybe everyone was just a little dizzy, and then that there was some kind of earthquake going on.

Following the strongest Colorado earthquake in a century, it kind of makes you wonder what kind of party is going on in our earthy basement. Maybe that 2012 date was a little off. Or if you're from the West Coast, maybe it makes you wonder if New Yorkers will freak out about anything.

The graph below puts the magnitude into perspective.

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Verizon Experiencing State-Wide Outage in Virginia

Verizon is experiencing a state-wide outage in Virginia (and parts of North Carolina), leaving thousands of sexts unsent (and heinously, unread). There are reports of Verizon calling back ex-employees to work on the problem, which leads us to believe the issue is more than just a cut line.

Verizon Wireless is aware of the issue and our crews are addressing it. We’ll share more information as it becomes available.

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