CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The new executive director of Fairness West Virginia knows the state well.

Andrew Schneider will return to the Mountain State, a place he calls his “adopted home,” on Oct. 1 to get started in his new job after leaving West Virginia for Connecticut seven years ago.

Andrew Schneider

“This is a really exciting time for LGBT equality and civil rights. The country is changing so rapidly on this issue and West Virginia is poised to achieve many great civil rights in this area and I really want to be a part of that,” Schneider said.

Most recently, Schneider has worked as the executive director of the ACLU of Connecticut in Hartford. Prior to that, he held a similar role with the ACLU of West Virginia. He started his career in 1995 with the ACLU in New York City.

Schneider will replace Kay Flaminio as executive director of Fairness West Virginia.

Fairness West Virginia is the statewide civil rights advocacy organization dedicated to fair treatment and civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender West Virginians. According to its website, the organization’s mission is to ensure LGBT people can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

During the 2015 Regular Legislative Session, Schneider said Fairness West Virginia will again be lobbying for the Fairness Act, a ban on discrimination in employment and in housing based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Such a law has not had overwhelming support from lawmakers in recent sessions.

“There’s a situation out there that’s currently resulting in not treating LGBT men and women equally and, when you’re talking about fairness, this is the true essence of fairness,” Schneider said.

As for same-sex marriages, “The U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately weigh in on this,” he said. “And I think we’re just a few years away from seeing marriage equality in the entire country.”

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  • Families First!

    How about more concerning issues like the corrupted government taking over children's lives. Ripping them from loving families for profit. Damaging them psychologically. Then releasing them into society but taking no blame when they act out. West Virginia is a piss poor state making money off legal human trafficking!

  • Tom

    Well what about fair treatment for white people? I am a veteran, well educated, experienced in my profession, well balanced attitude, no criminal conduct in my past and great past evaluations. But since my company went bankrupt I have been unable to find a job since I am not Latino, female, black or otherwise. Unbelievable. I guess we need to start a group too since this new director only has one group that he will focus on. Are my tax dollars paying his salary?

  • Moco man

    I am not a bigot lezibeth.........I have an opinion that is more morally centered. You and that ACLU cat would be much better off in ny or California.........look at the shape those states are in thanks to the

    • Tony


  • Elizabeth

    Welcome back to Wild and Wonderful!!! As you can tell by all the bigoted remarks on this page we still have an uphill battle here in this state... But as you know there are over 57,000 LGBT West Virginians that needs Faieness's support!! As an Ally I'm here for what ever may come your way!! We can make our great state inclusive for ALL!!! Remember... All Mountaineers are Always Free!!!

    • George

      Lady, you need to move to California..

      • Alice


  • Karl

    The ACLU and folks like this exist (and have an influential voice) because of us, the silent majority.

  • Big Deal

    All the losers come to WV. Wild Worthless West Virginia.

    • Mary


  • thornton

    ED of the ACLU...that's a job?
    Nice gig.

  • Guardian

    Can we deport him to another state?

  • chasmo

    Please , don't reside in our wonderful state- go and help Jessie or Al. PLEASE !!!!!

  • George

    The State's in bad enough shape- This guy is not welcome in this State exept to the Democrats.........This organization supports anything anti Christian, immoral and ourtight rediculous ..They do not support any rights except those of the minorities..................

    • Alex


  • Moco man

    Yea, great...........just what we ACLU idiot.....

  • the flying dutchman

    great, just what the state is lacking...another liberal attorney.