The Daily Beast has come up with a ranking of U.S. states in terms of alleged levels of tolerance. I'm not sure what mind altering drugs the reviewers were using at the time they ranked Virginia as #11 (higher than New York and Massachusetts), but they really need to rework their data in my view. They might also try actually talking to Virginians from different minority groups as well. In my view, the picture on the right better sums up the atmosphere in Virginia, because it's not just LGBT Virginians who face discrimination.
The House of Delegates is controlled by white Republicans, many of whom seem to cling to a mind-set where they still believe that every white man should be able to own a black man, or at least be able to force blacks to use segregated facilities. Muslims fare little better as The Family Foundation, an affiliate of Focus on the Family, strives to institute a Christianist theocracy in the state.
And, of course, gays are treated with with fewer legal protections and respect than farm animals and household pets. Indeed, we can be fired at will by both state and private employers for being gay (something I experienced personally), our relationships are afforded zero legal recognition, and gay bashing continues to be a favored sport on the part of GOP elected officials.
Indeed, my advice when asked what I think by LGBT individuals thinking of moving to Virginia: Don't move to this bigoted state.
Here's how the Daily Beast described its obviously flawed ranking project: