Diversity Richmond honors Black History Month with series of events focused on LGBTQ people of color
Diversity Richmond, the LGBTQ community center of Central Virginia, is celebrating the contributions of LGBTQ African Americans through a series of events during February, Black History Month. All are free and open to the public.
“Our events celebrate the work of local black LGBTQ leaders and also offer opportunities for the entire community to learn about the rich diversity of Greater Richmond. We at Diversity Richmond build bridges and tear down walls. What better time to discuss the issues than during Black History Month,” stated Dr. Ravi K. Perry, Diversity Board member and Virginia Commonwealth University professor.
Kicking off the series is “Black and Bold: RVA’s Unsung Black LGBTQ Community Gala,” Friday, February 3rd, 8:00 P.M., Diversity Richmond event hall, 1407 Sherwood Ave, 23220. The evening includes the recognition of 15 local African Americans who have made outstanding accomplishments on behalf of LGBT people of color. Hors d’oeuvers and dancing with DJ Derrick St. Clair will follow.
“HIV/AIDS in the African American Community,” a discussion of how the disease continues to plague the black community, especially younger men, Tuesday, February 7th, 7:00 P.M., Black History Museum and Cultural Arts Center of Virginia, 122 West Leigh Street. Lead by longtime HIV/AIDS activist, Rodney Lofton.
“State of Black LGBTQ America,” a dialogue with Dr. Ravi K. Perry, Wednesday, February 15th, 7:00 P.M., Black History Museum and Cultural Arts Center of Virginia, 122 West Leigh Street, 23220.
“Black Transgender 101” a conversation that includes basic transgender information and the challenges faced by black transgender women, moderated by Zakia McKensey, executive director of Nationz Foundation, Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 P.M. Diversity Richmond event hall.
“Love is Love, God Is Love” a dialogue on religion and spirituality and embracing black LGBTQ believers, Sunday, February 19th, 3:00 P.M., Diversity Richmond event hall, 1407 Sherwood Avenue, 23220.
“Powerful S.I.S.T.A: Celebrating LGBTQ Women of Color,” Tuesday, February 28th, 7:00 P.M., Diversity Richmond event hall. Lead by Chevelle Moss-Savage and Rev. Lacette Cross.
Diversity Richmond envisions a community where LGBTQ+ citizens are treated with respect and dignity, and their unique gifts are championed and celebrated, thereby strengthening our community.
April 18th is National Transgender HIV Testing Day, so group up with some folks you care about and check out T-Gurlz Rock RVA, an event at Diversity Richmond Tuesday evening. The inaugural National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD) was held last April 18th in 2016. “NTHTD is a day to recognize the importance of routine HIV [...]April 17, 2017
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