This week we’re recapping the top stories of 2010. Check out our most-read articles from the year here. Today, Stanley Moreira, Managing Editor for GayRVA.com, shares his picks for the year’s biggest stories.
I love Richmond. Any story that exemplifies our motto, “Virginia is for lovers,” wins a special place in my heart. No story fills up my little gay heart with happiness more than learning that almost 400 Richmonders united against hate. Richmond is for all types of lovers – LGBT included.
The title for our write-up on Fieldens initial closing for “maintenance” was unknowingly ironic. How long would the doors of this private club be closed? The story captures the beginning of the end of the only after hours LGBT private club. Today, Fieldens is a distant memory for most. Whether you frequented the establishment or chose to stay (far) away, it became a significant event for our community: controversy, discrimination, and protesting.
A common theme emerges from LGBT history – equality. Without awareness, equality falls by the wayside. So when President Barack Obama announced that June would become LGBT Pride month, a small victory was won. My hope is that this month will stimulate the minds of many and promote awareness. However, I’ll borrow from Morgan Freeman and say that LGBT Pride should not be regulated to a month. But I’ll take what I can get.
It may have been a small step for LGBT-kind, but for Richmond, it was a leap. For the first time in The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s 150-year history, it published a same-sex engagement announcement. Again, Richmond shows that is it ever growing and evolving. Better late than never.
Antoine Dodson may have said it best during his infamous 15 minutes of fame – “run and tell that.” On December 22, 2010 men and women in uniform earned the rights to tell their sexuality without penalty. Technically, it doesn’t take affect until 6 months down the road, but the light at the end of the tunnel is shining brightly.