LGBT Fairness Film to be Shown in Eastern Panhandle

Wednesday Jul 31, 2013

A group devoted to fair treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender West Virginians is screening a film that features 14 personal stories. The film will be shown at two communities in the Eastern Panhandle.

Fairness West Virginia Institute is launching the "Faces of Fairness" tour Thursday at Musical Grounds European Coffeehouse in Fayetteville, W.Va.

The group will then take the show on the road, with stops in West Virginia communities of Hurricane, Buckhannon, Martinsburg, Fairmont, Lewisburg, Parkersburg, Wheeling, Huntington, Shepherdstown, Morgantown and Athens.

Executive Director Casey Willits said it's the first time so many LGBT residents have participated in a multimedia project on this scale. Willits calls the film and photo exhibit "groundbreaking."

The tour will also include guest speakers, educational information and group discussions on issues facing LGBT residents.

Those issues include second-parent adoption rights, medical benefits, hospital visitation rights, and employment and housing discrimination.

According to, the Martinsburg screening will be Aug. 12 and the Shepherdstown screening will be Sept. 3.

Further information on the local screenings was not available Tuesday night.

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