According to Fredericksburg police, a 32-year-old woman was beaten by a mob as she walked through a 7-11 parking lot. As if that wasn’t bad enough, one of the assailants used a broken-off metal broom handle. Jesus.
If there’s any silver lining to this, it’s that people came to the woman’s aid, and news coverage has actually been quite sensitive and even uses the right pronouns. Expect a ignorant backlash any moment now.
Virginia continues to putter along with no hate crime law, and no protection for housing and employment. In fact, the state’s Board of Social Services just voted to strip away protections for LGBT adoptive parents.
Virginia is for lovers indeed.