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UofR SASD Hosts First Meeting

Posted in Community with tags , , , on September 1, 2009 by GayRVA

University of RichmondThe University of Richmond’s SASD (Student Alliance for Sexual Diversity) will be having its first major meeting of the year this coming Wednesday, September 2 in Tyler Hayes Commons Rm. 310.  You can RSVP to the meeting here:


King’s Dominion Gay Night on September 12

Posted in Causes, Community with tags , , on September 1, 2009 by GayRVA
Photo by Henry Lisner/Brother Help Thyself

Photo by Henry Lisner/Brother Help Thyself

From Brother Help Thyself:

On Saturday, September 12th as the day patrons leave, the park will fill up with GLBTQQers. The rides will be open from 8 – 11pm (with very short lines) and from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. DJ Drew G will do his magic with songs and beats so that the dancing on International Street will be a sensational.

Sponsored yearly by Brother, Help Thyself this event is not only an event for gays to celebrate and have fun together, but it is a fundraiser. BHT, as Brother, Help Thyself is more commonly known, raises money during the year and awards grants to small, not-for-profit organizations each January – mostly to organizations serving the GLBTQQ community.

Tickets are available in advance (on-line) here for $30 at or at the gate on the 12th for $34.

For more information email

GLBT History Lesson Marks Grand Opening of GCCR Classroom

Posted in Community with tags , , , on September 1, 2009 by GayRVA

From the Gay Community Center of Richmond:

GCCRBeth Marschak, historian, author and co-founder of the Richmond Lesbian Feminists will discuss Lesbian and Gay history in Richmond at the grand opening of our new classroom on September 13th. Marschak is one of the authors of the book “Lesbian and Gay Richmond, Virginia (Images of America Series)” along with Alex Lorch. The history of LGBT people in Richmond begins with the first recorded sodomy prosecution in America in 1624 and continues to our present struggle to achieve employment non-discrimination and repeal the marriage amendment.

Beth and her coauthor have compiled a photographic showcase of the events, people, and places that have been a part of this history. Their book contains snapshots from the 1920s and 1930s when avant-garde and gay authors caroused and shared ideas in private homes, previously untold stories from the post-World War II era tell of the rise of the gay cafés in Richmond and the subsequent attempts by the authorities to shut their doors. The attempts to close these bars led to the first public protests in the late 1960s. Beth will discuss the earliest gay organizations in Richmond and early protests and pride festivals.

Beth will be speaking on Sunday, September 13th at 5:00 PM in GCCR’s new classroom facility, and will also be the grand opening of our classroom. Refreshments will be served.  Space is limited.  To reserve your space, please call Ciindy Bray at 804.622.4646, ext. 22, or e-mail

LGBT Ice Cream Social Thursday at VCU

Posted in Community with tags , , , on September 1, 2009 by GayRVA

LGBT Ice Cream

Yum!  What a great way to start the school year.  VCU’s LGBT Subcommittee of the Equity & Diversity Committee and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs hosts their 10th Annual Welcome Back LGBT Social.  The event is free and open to all VCU faculty, staff, and students.  Join in the fun Thursday, September 3 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Rodney’s in Shafer Court.

Represent Virginia at National Equality March

Posted in Causes with tags , , on August 19, 2009 by GayRVA

From Equality Virginia:

The National Equality March on Washington, DC is set for the weekend of October 10-11, 2009.  The goal of the march is to assemble a group of folks representing each of the 435 congressional districts in the nation.  The purpose of this goal is for people at the local level to come together, be empowered, and return home more able to continue our shared work for equality in our own communities.

In this spirit, Equality Virginia is also hoping to see a contingency of folks from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts in attendance and we want to help people connect and organize for this special event.

  • If you are interested in going and would like to connect with other interested people in your area…
  • OR, if you’ve already started organizing a group in your community and would like for Equality Virginia to direct other interested local people to you…

Please contact Charles Dyson at

For more information about the march, or to RSVP to the national organizers of the march, please visit the official site of Equality Across America here.

A Note From AIDSWalk on Rocky Horror Week…

Posted in Causes with tags , , on August 18, 2009 by GayRVA
Stephan Rice as Frankfurter and AIDSWalk's Scott Sibley also as Frankfurter during Rocky Horror Week's Movieland Cocktail Hour

Stephan Rice as Frankfurter and AIDSWalk's Scott Sibley also as Frankfurter during Rocky Horror Week's Movieland Cocktail Hour

All the numbers are in and officially tallied from Rocky Horror Week.  Here are a few words of thanks from Scott Sibley of AIDSWalk Richmond:

Hello GayRVA!

Thank you again for your support of AIDSWalk Richmond through your dedication to Rocky Horror Week!

Where is the money going exactly? AIDSWalk Richmond has been in operation for only 2 months, thus once all monies have been received, AWR will have access to the greatly needed funds to print our education based literature as well as allow for purchase of some additional supplies and incentives such as condoms, ribbons, and bracelets. These items serve as reminders that HIV/AIDS is a part of daily life for many people and through the use of, or wearing of these items, we are able to overcome the City’s infection increase; one step at a time. Also, as AWR is set up as a foundation, we do not set a direct spending statement as we are still learning what services to develop and by what means. Remember, all funds raised go directly back to the community through educational outreach at this time. Once AWR has ample funding, we will then begin our grant, donation and scholarship programs.

Below you will see a breakdown of donations for the week’s festivities. This includes all donations that were made both through our AIDSWalk Richmond donation boxes as well as through donations made by the venues directly.

Saturday: $112 total donation from Rumors Boutique (not including cash donation box)

Sunday: $100 total donation from Barcode

Tuesday: $61 total raised at Papa Ningo ($14 raffle tickets, plus $47 donation at entry after 10pm)

Wednesday: $175 total donation from Godfrey’s

Thursday: $166 total raised from BlackFinn ($88 from cash donation box, plus match from BlackFinn)

Friday: $635 total raised from MovieLand event ($360 cast auction, $152 ticket sales, $123 through raffle and donation box)

GRAND TOTAL: $1,249 total raised from Rocky Horror Week GREAT JOB!

With your support and continued events such as this, we guarantee AIDSWalk Richmond will become the staple HIV/AIDS outreach and fund raising foundation for the City of Richmond.


Scott Sibley, Director
AIDSWalk Richmond

A special thanks to Rumors Boutique, Barcode, Papa Ningo, Godfrey’s, Blackfinn, Movieland, and of course, the Orgasmic Rush of Lust Rocky Horror Cast for all their support throughout the week.

VCU Hosts LGBT Panel Discussion on Wednesday

Posted in Community with tags , on August 18, 2009 by GayRVA

VCU_round_logoFrom VCU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs:

This Wednesday August 19th from 1pm to 2pm in the VA Rooms of the University Student Commons, we will be hosting the LGBT Panel Discussion.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the LGBT services offered here at VCU and in the community.  It’s a great event for new students and those new to the LGBT community here at VCU.