Statistics show that knowing someone within the LGBT community increases support for LGBT rights. This positive correlation makes coming out a critical component of the movement’s future progress. In light of the importance of being out to the LGBT movement, Equality Virginia recognizes OUTstanding Virginians who have represented the community with distinction each year at our annual Commonwealth Dinner. OUTstanding honorees are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Virginians who have made a mark. Some are activists whose courage and dedication to equality have influenced our movement. Others are LGBT elected officials, entertainers, or business leaders who have achieved great success. We encourage the community to nominate individuals to receive this distinct honor by sending a recommendation to the EV office or filling in the information on our website’s OUTstanding Virginians page.