#RVA Pride is what keeps us in Richmond. #RVAPride is what we love and do in the city. #RVAPride is businesses, people, place, and things that support the LGBT community here in Richmond. #RVAPride is a campaign to help bring LGBT people to Richmond. Get in on the fun, use #RVAPride on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and help grow this city into the space we want it to be.
Christopher Murphy is the owner and graphic artist behind Digital Empire Graphic Design. He’s the brains and hands behind a number of the graphics, visual presentations, and event posters you’ll see around town and online that help support the RVA LGBT community. Murphy spoke with GayRVA about why he has #RVAPride.
I actually have a long history with the LGBT community here in Richmond. Both personally and professionally. I served on a couple of LGBT boards and I’ve done a lot of graphic design work for LGBT and LGBT friendly organizations and when I heard about this I was very excited to get involved.
If you were to bring an LGBT friend/family member to Richmond, why would you take them to your establishment?
I like to support LGBT businesses, so I would be happy to offer my services. That’s one reason I would take them to my establishment. And because of the history that I have with the community here. I’m very in touch with a lot of the businesses and the people here. As far as other places I would take them, I would take them to experience what I would call the best of gay Richmond: Godfrey’s Brunch, dinner at NU Restaurant and Lounge, for example. Cary Town, I just love Cary Town so I would take them there for an afternoon. We have some really great performing arts venues here as well.
Some of the flyer work Murphy has done locally
Why are you proud to be a part of or support the LGBT community here in Richmond?
I’m proud to support the community here because I see on a daily basis examples of the community supporting each other. I want to continue to be a part of that. I see it with my friends, I see it with businesses working together. Pride over Richmond is a great example of that. I believe that you have to lead by example.