Scott Sibley, Shockoe Bottom resident and neighborhood cheerleader, saw a problem. There was little for the gay community to do in the River District. Just finding a place to hang out turned into a much bigger project.
“I didn’t want just another gay night,” Scott says. “There are so many different subcultures in the community, so why not start something that’s not necessarily straight or gay.”
He worked with friends at PEARL Restaurant & Lounge to form Tuesday Queer Nights – focusing on the term “queer” – which Scott says no longer holds a negative connotation, but is inclusive of those who might not fit in one gay box.
This ultimately coincided with the creation of the Richmond Queer League, originating as a Facebook group, to bridge this gap between the community’s subcultures.
“I always here people talk about how gay men don’t hang out with lesbians. Or how white lesbians don’t hang out with black lesbians, ” Scott says. “I’ve made it my cause to get those groups to come together.”
Since the PEARL’s first Queer Night on February 10, a modest crowd has turned into a following of regulars that continues to grow. Drag shows, dance nights with guest DJs, and male dancers are elements that continue to be added to spice up Tuesday nightlife. There’s also charity too – guests can chose to pay $2 in addition to the normal cover to participate in a raffle with the extra cash going to a community cause.
As for the Richmond Queer League, Scott has a lot more in the works. The Facebook group has almost 300 members. “Since we can get so many people involved, why not do more than make it social.” Scott says.
GayRVA.com continues its interview with Scott later this week on the future of the Richmond Queer League. To join the Richmond Queer League on Facebook, click here.