Amanda Hallesjo

A lot of people think that being in a relationship is the best part of their lives. I believe they’re wrong. more

Mar 3, 2017 1:00 PM Connect

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What’s your couple emotional intelligence? After all—isn’t emotion the glue that brought you together? Given all the feelings we must navigate together and separately, it seems a bit of a miracle that we ever get together, let alone stay together. more

Feb 16, 2017 9:30 AM Connect

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Gay couples having babies has become the norm… but what about a transgender man who has been given the opportunity to use his own eggs to have a biological baby. Science has now allowed transgender people to be biological parents to their own kids. more

Feb 6, 2017 10:20 AM Connect



This past Veterans Day, AGLA celebrated its 35th anniversary at its annual Equality Awards Dinner. As the event's official media sponsor, Unite Virginia got exclusive interviews with the award recipients and honored guests, including Gavin Grimm. more

Nov 22, 2016 12:30 PM , Connect

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The progress made for LGBT people during my lifetime has been dramatic. Gradual changes have culminated in same-sex marriage, the reduction of social disapproval and the removal of homosexuality as a mental disorder. There is still a long way to go. more

Nov 16, 2016 12:25 PM Connect

Now that I have been forced to walk my talk, I have found that being open-minded is only the first step on a long road toward accepting and embracing diversity. The adjustment calls for more than an open mind; it calls for an open heart. more

Nov 15, 2016 11:15 AM Connect


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While it is by no means required, coming out can be an important stepping stone in the life of a member of the queer community. Many adults want to come out to their families in person but often only see them on holiday occasions. more

Nov 15, 2016 8:00 AM Connect

This Giving Tuesday, support Unite Virginia's work of promoting equality through storytelling across VA & DC. Make your voice heard and be recognized on Giving Tuesday and every day! Thank you for your support!! more

Nov 14, 2016 4:30 PM Connect

This holiday season, remember that we don't live in an either/or world. Working towards understanding the complicated, messy truth behind all paradoxes is the only way we can achieve peace. You'll likely find that there is peace within every paradox. more

Nov 14, 2016 11:46 AM Connect

Lazy Day

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It’s not a coincidence that the first thing we ask someone upon meeting them is, “What do you do?” We’re obsessed with doing-doing-doing and have lost our balance between doing and simply being. I challenge you to relax and take time for yourself. more

Nov 14, 2016 7:15 AM Connect


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