A fancy evening at Stronghill

Posted in Food & Drink with tags , on September 2, 2009 by Andrew Cothern
Stronghill Dining Company at 1200 N Boulevard

Stronghill Dining Company at 1200 N Boulevard

TasteTheRainbowI decided to take a cute boy to Stronghill Dining Company for a nice, fancy dinner.

The ambiance at Stronghill is high brow and romantic. Low-level lights add for a nice, intimate conversation. The wait staff is extremely knowledgable on the menu and very friendly.

The food at Stronghill is not bad. However, the price tag attached to each entree doesn’t seem worth it in my opinion. If I’m paying over $20 per entree, it better make my tastebuds sing. Know that you’re going to be paying a pretty penny for a meal before sitting down to eat.

The food is still good, though, don’t get me wrong. The sampler appetizer with stuffed roma tomatoes, fried goat cheese, cashew fried shrimp and deviled eggs was excellent.

The evening was still very nice and I think cute boy had a good time as well.

Vault’s Tea Dance & Special Offer to GayRVA Readers

Posted in Nightlife with tags , , , on September 2, 2009 by GayRVA

tea dance

Vault, the newest addition to Bank, looks to put a twist on Sunday evenings in Richmond.  If you haven’t been to a tea dances, they are big in major cities – allowing you to get the party started early and still be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for Monday morning.

This Sunday, September 6, starting at 5 p.m. and going into the night, they’ll have a live DJ spinning and will be ready to serve up cocktails.  There’s no cover.

$5 martinis, cosmos, and appletinis will be offered all night.

GayRVA.com readers that RSVP “attending” on Facebook will get on the list to access to the VIP area starting at 5 p.m.  You’ll enjoy a complimentary selection of tempting hor’d’oeuvres.   We’ll be checking it out and maybe we’ll have a tweet or two.

Vault is at 1005 East Main Street.

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: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126085621993.

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 info@brotherhelpthyself.org.

Feminists, Working Women, Homosexuals, Oh My!

Posted in News & Views, Politics with tags , , , , , , on September 1, 2009 by maymedonohue

What were you doing in 1989?

I was wearing floral dresses against my will that my mom picked out for me and rocking some serious bangs. I did look super cute though, and if I ever run for governor I won’t have to hold an emergency press conference to explain how my views have change since that magical year.

Yesterday, Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Bob McDonnell did just that.

thesis lays out his views that working women and feminists are detrimental to the family and that government policy should be weighted to couples over cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators.

thesis lays out his views that working women and feminists are "detrimental" to the family and that government policy should be weighted to couples over "cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators."

On Sunday news broke in the Washington Post of a thesis McDonnell wrote in 1989 when he was working for his master’s in public policy and his J.D. at Regent University (an evangelical university founded by Pat Robertson). He wrote the 93 page paperat the age of 34 and described  working women and feminists as “detrimental” to the family, said government policy should favor married couples over “cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators” and argued that the use of contraception by unmarried couples was “illogical.” He also mentions that it is the responsibility of Republicans to “correct the conventional folklore about the separation of church and state.”

News of McDonnell’s thesis entitled, “The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of the Decade” made news in the Richmond Times Dispatch yesterday, and amidst blogs and newspapers picking up the story all over the state, McDonnell called a phone conference with the press. The RTD wrote another article today with some of McDonnell’s comments and retractions from the phone call. McDonnell stressed that his views have changed since he wrote that paper.

Claiming his views at the time had been shaped by his Catholic faith, Army service and Reagan-era Republicanism, McDonnell nonetheless said his perspective has changed on such issues as women in the workplace, homosexuality and divorce — all of which he depicted in his thesis as threats.

But there are some inconsistencies between McDonnell’s speaking that his views have changed and his record which demonstrates that they truly have not. The Times notes,

As for gays, McDonnell said that in hiring decisions as attorney general, he was interested only in candidates’ qualifications and not their sexual orientation. McDonnell, however, made no mention of an opinion he wrote early in his term in which he said Gov. Timothy M. Kaine acted illegally in vowing to protect gay state employees from discrimination in the workplace.

And in the conclusion of the thesis, McDonnell spells out a 15 point plan for Republicans to follow in the protection of the traditional family, 10 of which he has pursued through legislation during his time in office.

This has the potential to be a real turning point in this race. Creigh Deeds, McDonnell’s democratic opponent, trails in the polls by anywhere from 7 to 15 points.

The Washington Post has endorsed Deeds and there is no question their discovery and release of the thesis will help their candidate in the last 4 weeks before the election. What is more surprising is how hard the Richmond Times Dispatch has come down on McDonnell for his ’89 thesis. Where they have had the opportunity to argue that the past is the past and he should not be judged by his old ideas, they have done the opposite, explaining how those hateful ideas are still evident in his more recent legislating. When the RTD is coming after you for being too conservative, you might have a problem…

 

Mayme Donohue is a Richmond native and Master’s Candidate in Political Management at George Washington University. She’s a rockstar and you can catch more of her thoughts and musings on gay politics and lesbian gossip at Maymes.

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 volunteer@gayrichmond.com.

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.