The Gay Community Center of Richmond (GCCR) and the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Richmond Chapter are sponsoring a panel discussion with information about how the community can get involved to help keep lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth in the Central Virginia Region safe from Bullying and Harassment. The forum will be held on Saturday, March 5 from 5 pm – 7 pm in the GCCR Event Hall.
Keeping LGBTQ Youth Safe: Stop Bullying and Harassment will be an opportunity for local youth to share their stories and for interested adults to learn more about local organizations whose focus areas include LGBTQ youth. In addition to GCCR and GLSEN Richmond a number of other organizations have been invited to participate on the panel or set up an information table. These organizations include: ROSMY, Virginia Anti-Violence Project, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Richmond Peace Education Center, Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, Safe Harbor, PFLAG Richmond (Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays), People of Faith for Equality in Virginia (POFEV), Virginia Boys and Girls Home and Volunteer Families.
Invited guests include Senator Donald McEachin, who led efforts in the 2011 General Assembly Session to protect LGBTQ adults in the workplace. Senator McEachin sponsored SB747 which would prevent discrimination in the hiring process for state employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Delegates Adam Ebbin and David Englin have also been invited. Delegates Ebbin and Englin led efforts in the 2011 General Assembly Session to protect LGBTQ youth by defining and codifying penalties for bullying and harassment. Senator McEachin, Delegate Ebbin and Delegate Englin will each have an opportunity to talk more about their efforts to make Virginia a safer more welcoming place for all LGBTQ people.
For more information about this forum, contact Cindy Bray or call 804-622-4646 x22 (office). GLSEN Richmond can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 804-901-1453. The Gay Community Center of Richmond is located at 1407 Sherwood Avenue.