If you haven’t checked out The Valentine‘s “One Love: LGBT Families” exhibition, now’s the time. The collection of photographs, taken by local photographer Michael Simon, present images of a variety of different LGBT families living in the Richmond area. The collection of images demonstrates the many different types of families that exist and live out their lives in close proximity to us all. It also demonstrates the uniting factor that brings all families together: an enduring, nurturing love.
The One Love exhibition is the collective work of several different area organizations; The Valentine and Richmond Region Tourism’s Out RVA came together with Simon to create the project, with help from sponsors Altria Group, Inc., Capital One, Diversity Richmond and Virginia is for Lovers.
Speaking to GayRVA at the time of the exhibition’s unveiling last December, The Valentine’s Curator of Archives, Meg Hughes, said that One Love “provided an opportunity to focus on Richmond’s LGBT community, specifically families, building on the recent historic legal passage of marriage equality.” Domenick Cassucio, The Valentine’s Director of Public Relations and Marketing at the time, said “It’s very interesting looking at some of the families in the exhibition, that there’s the family that we are born into, there is the family that we choose, and there is the family that we fall into a social circle with, especially in the LGBT community, that we start seeing as family members.”
RVA’s last chance to see the images capturing these 20 LGBT families exhibited at The Valentine comes this weekend, as the exhibition will end its run on Monday, September 4. The Valentine is located at 1015 E. Clay St in downtown Richmond. Its hours are 10-5, and it will be open on Labor Day to offer one last chance to view this important exhibit. For more info, click here.