Ralph Shearer Northam (born September 13, 1959) is an American politician and physician serving as the 73rd Governor of Virginia since January 13, 2018. A pediatric neurologist by occupation, he was an officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1984 to 1992. Northam, a member of the Democratic Party, served as the 40th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018 prior to winning the governorship against Republican nominee Ed Gillespie in the 2017 election.
Cities across Maryland and Virginia celebrated Pride in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement through marches, motorcades and virtual events.
In Virginia, Diversity Richmond on June 27 hosted “Stonewall Rising: LGBTQ March for Black Lives” commemorating the work begun by transgender activists of color Marsha P.
Johnson and Sylvia Rivera following the 1969 Stonewall riots. Minority Veterans of America organized the event which Equality Virginia, VA Pride, Richmond Lesbian Feminists, Black Pride RVA and other Virginia groups supported. “This Pride Month, we are reminded of the pivotal moments when LGBTQ+ Americans stood up to demand that they be treated with respect and dignity,” said Virginia Gov.Read more on washingtonblade.com