About Bary's Commitment to Community

Bary Hausrath is a founding member of the Virginia Equality Bar Association. VEBA is an association of legal professionals affiliated with the National LGBT Bar committed to equality for LGBT Virginians, of which Bary is also a member.

Bary is VEBA's secretary and treasurer, sits on the board of directors, and is the chairman of the website committee. 

Bary is the principal organizer and one of the core volunteers for VEBA's traveling name and gender marker clinics. At the clinics, volunteer attorneys receive training and then help trans and gender nonconforming individuals correct their name and gender marker on identification documents.

Bary is committed to improving legal education and resources available to the public and legal community. He also provides seminars and workshops to the trans and gender-nonconforming communities around the process for name and gender marker changes, and routinely moderates or serves as a panelist for community, company, industry, and public discussions of current topics. He has been a guest lecturer at both William and Mary Law School and University of Richmond School of Law on LGBT legal issues, and has train dozens of lawyers through continuing legal education. Bary recently served on a working group to address gendered language in the Virginia Code.

In Spring 2017, Bary joined the Trans Advisory Board at
Health Brigade (formerly Fan Free Clinic).

Bary is well known in the LGBT business community. In large part, this is due to his work with the
Richmond Business Alliance, Richmond's local affiliate of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. He is the immediate past president and board chair, having served for three and a half years in these roles. He continues to serve on the board of directors.

The firm is also a member of the
Equality Virginia's Equality Means Business initiative.

In 2015 and 2016, the RBA under Bary's leadership was recognized by
Diversity Richmond for its outstanding service to the LGBTQ community, a tradition of organizational service Bary hopes to institutionalize. In March of 2017, the RBA and other community organizations will host the RBA Career Readiness Series, culminating in the Richmond Business Alliance Job Fair at Diversity Richmond.  This series was the first-ever fair of its kind for the Richmond and Central Virginia markets. In December 2016, Bary's work to better the community was recognized when he was featured as a "Community Champion" by Diversity Richmond.

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