Archive for Site Announcements

Announcing 2.WHOA!

Posted in News & Views, Site Announcements, Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 2, 2009 by GayRVA

2WHOA_Invite

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On Thursday, September 10, GayRVA.com goes from blog to webmagazine. Readers will see a new layout with more dynamic content and improved navigation.

The new GayRVA.com also debuts a photo campaign painting a diverse portrait of “GayRVA.” The campaign features gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (GLBTQ) Richmonders and allies with the site’s slogan “Out.Spoken.”

Also on September 10, to coincide with the redesigned site, New York Deli hosts a happy hour event from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. To add a social media twist, our Twitter followers will be able to take the conversation online using hashtag #thatgaytweetup. Join GayRVA.com and a few special guests as we come out again.

Who knew starting in March as a small community blog, GayRVA.com would grow up in a matter of months to become a valuable online resource?

“Really, it started over dinner with friends,” Editor Kevin Clay said. “During conversation we wondered why doesn’t Richmond have a gay blog?”

This simple idea turned into a social network with 1000 followers between Facebook and Twitter with the website steadily growing in readership. Combined with monthly events from a Launch Party, to a week of fundraising for AIDSWalk Richmond, to live video blogging at the Watermelon Festival, GayRVA.com has become an interactive tool connecting Richmond’s GLBTQ communities.

Guest Post on Drag Race at OMGWTFRVA.NET

Posted in Drag with tags , , , , on July 30, 2009 by GayRVA

OMGWTFRVAWe caught up with our friends at omgwtfrva.net at last week’s Social Media Club event at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  They kindly asked us to write a review of Esta’s Drag Race.  Here’s a snippet of what we had to say:

Keeping with her burlesque roots during the finale, the southern belle dawned golden wings and a rendition of “Mama” from Chicago that lead to a final reveal of sparkling ruby pasties.   All this left straight-dude friend once more confused and the audience asking, “are those real?”

We still don’t know the answer to that question.  What we do know is the OMGWTFRVA kids stay hip to the bar scene, so check out what’s going on.  Read our guest post here.

“Out.Spoken.” Photo Project Debuts at Thursday’s Launch Party

Posted in Site Announcements with tags , , on June 8, 2009 by GayRVA

GayRVA Launch Party

New York Deli’s where it’s at for Thursday’s Launch Party.

OutSpoken_LogoThursday also marks the beginning of our “Out.Spoken.” photo project. In line with our mission to be inclusive of all sectors of Richmond, VA’s GLBTQ community, our photographer will be capturing the city’s diverse population over the next several months. At the party, you’ll have the option to participate by having your picture taken for use in a future multimedia campaign. You could be the face of GayRVA.

GayRVA.com Seeks Contributors

Posted in Site Announcements with tags on May 8, 2009 by GayRVA

In line with our mission of including all of Richmond’s GLBTQ community, we are opening the doors to hear your voice.   Interested in writing for the site on a regular or semi-regular basis?  E-mail us at gayrva@gmail.com with a writing sample or link to your own blog and tell us a little bit about yourself.

Date Auction Sneak Peek on GayRVA.com

Posted in Causes, Community, Site Announcements with tags , , , , , , on April 16, 2009 by GayRVA

GPV Date Auction

We’re working with the folks at Gay Pride Virginia to give you a preview of some of the goods up for auction on April 26.  Starting Saturday at midnight, you can check GayRVA.com daily for the scoop on a new potential date.  For now, here’s the skinny on the event and some background on GPV:

This year’s proceeds will be used to fund GPV’s scholarship program and to support the annual Gay Pride Festival to be held in September.

The Date Auction is the primary method for raising funds for the scholarship program. This year, 25 to 30 men and women have volunteered to be auctioned off with a gift certificate from a local Richmond business.

Gay Pride Virginia was started in 2006 with the primary purpose of hosting the Pride festival in Richmond. The organization operates as a non profit 501 (c) 3 organization. The Pride festival had not been held for several years prior, and the original board members wanted to reinvigorate this important Richmond event.

In 2008, the board of directors of GPV launched a scholarship program with five $1,000 scholarships to help members of the GLBT community with the cost of post-high school education. The program’s goal is to help those active in the community, regardless of sexual orientation, with the cost of attending college, vocational/technical schools, or career training. The selection process focuses on the applicant’s involvement in the GLBT community.

You can also find the event on Facebook.

Event Calendar Now on GayRVA.com + More

Posted in Site Announcements with tags , , on April 15, 2009 by GayRVA

GayRVA.com has partnered with Penny Caudle who maintains the Richmond GLBT Community Events Calendar as a service to the community.  If you scroll down the right side of the website, we’ll be running a feed of upcoming events and have added a link to the complete calendar.  You can submit events via e-mail.

Now, you can also subscribe to our blog via e-mail to receive the news of the day.  On the site, we’ve added some other community blogs that are worthwhile reads to keep you looped in.

If you head over to our Facebook group, we’ve added a discussion post for Site Feedback.  It’s another way for you to express your article ideas and comments.

Style Features Gay Community in Tomorrow’s Issue

Posted in Community, News & Views, Site Announcements with tags , , , , on April 7, 2009 by GayRVA

Style WeeklyIn speaking with Amy Biegelson of Style Weekly at last week’s Fun For A Cause event, she said there seems to be a lot of activity going on right now in Richmond’s gay community. Her feature in tomorrow’s issue of Style explores some of those reason’s why.

The seasonal call for gays, lesbians, transgenders and bisexuals may or may not be a product of the weather. But for Richmond’s sexual minority, with its long history of closeted conservatism, social activities with a political point seem to be springing up more than ever before…

You can check out the online version here. Along with GayRVA, Scott Sibley of the Richmond Queer League, Roland Winston of Join the Impact, and John Daugherty of ROSMY are interviewed.