On Monday, a new wave hit the LGBTQ community in Virginia.
On Tuesday, a third wave hit LGBT communities nationwide.
In Virginia, the wave was called the “Anti-Bathroom Law,” and was introduced to the General Assembly last month.
It would make it illegal to use public restrooms that don’t match the gender on one’s birth certificate.
The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Danica Roem, R-Loudoun.
The backlash from transgender rights groups, the LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Virginia and other allies was swift.
“Today’s attacks have become an affront to all Virginia residents, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation,” said Roem.
“The proposed legislation, while being discriminatory and dangerous, does not have a chance of passing the House of Delegates.
Instead, we will be asking the General House to pass a more compassionate bill to help protect the safety and dignity of all Virginians, including the transgender community.”
The bill, HB 1361, has now passed the Virginia General Assembly and is awaiting final action in the House.
But the wave is only the latest in a series of incidents targeting the LGBT community in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision.
Last week, a Virginia high school student was beaten to death outside his school, and the day before, a woman was stabbed to death by a man while she was waiting for a bus at a Richmond bus stop.
On Friday, a transgender woman was beaten and left for dead outside her home in Virginia Beach.
In addition, two transgender women were beaten to a bloody pulp on a highway in Virginia after the death of their roommate in October.
This week, two men were arrested in Virginia for assaulting and robbing a transgender man in a grocery store parking lot.
These recent attacks are yet another reminder that Virginia’s law, HB 1306, is a thinly-veiled attempt to marginalize and silence LGBT people.
And it isn’t just a case of targeting the LGBTQ population, as other states have enacted similar laws, including Indiana and Missouri.
Virginia is the second state to pass such laws after Texas, which has a history of anti-LGBTQ legislation.
The two other states that have passed such laws are Kansas and North Dakota.
But in both cases, the laws were challenged in court.
For a transgender person, being able to use the restroom that matches their gender on the basis of one’s gender identity is life-altering, said Ashley Parker, a staff attorney at the Transgender Law Center.
It can be very challenging to find an opportunity to use that restroom.
It also means that they don’t have access to healthcare, which can lead to health problems, she said.
“You don’t feel like you’re protected at the public restroom.”
For transgender people in Virginia, a public restroom can mean different things.
Some people who use the bathroom with the opposite sex use the same one, while others use a stall or a changing table.
Some transgender people who are trans people have been the victims of physical attacks or attempted attacks, including physical attacks on their bodies, Parker said.
The latest assault on a transgender individual occurred just last week in Alexandria, Virginia.
The victim was attacked on a street corner in front of her house, according to local news outlet WTOP.
A witness told the Associated Press that she heard three men yell, “Get out of here!
Get out of my house!” while the attack occurred.
According to the police report, a 17-year-old boy, identified as Matthew, told the police that he saw the attacker running from the scene.
Matthew told WTOP that he has a long history of being bullied in high school and had been repeatedly harassed at school.
He said the attackers were wearing masks and masks that looked like those of the Ku Klux Klan.
Matthew said that he and another transgender student were also attacked, and that one of them was knocked unconscious and the other was stabbed.
The assault on Matthew’s body has prompted local law enforcement to launch an investigation.
A police report says that Matthew told investigators that he had “heard verbal and physical threats about him” and that he was afraid for his safety.
The victim’s identity was not released.
The Virginia State Police said in a statement that the attack happened outside a public place, and was not related to the case of Matthew.
But Matthew’s mother, Heather Davis, told The Advocate that her son was attacked by a group of men while he was walking home from a friend’s house.
She said that her family members were not involved.
It’s unclear how the violence was motivated, but it is not the first time that Matthew has been targeted by a hate group.
Matthew was also the target of a homophobic slur hurled at him on the streets of Alexandria in 2015, according.
That attack prompted the then-head of the Virginia Equality Alliance to call for a boycott of the area.
Matthew has since received more than