While the focus on LGBTQ equality has shifted away from mainstream issues, we thought it was important for GayRVA to offer voices to those who are often under represented in the community. People of color, trans folks, and aging LGBTQs are often the most ignored and while a few individuals stories, in their own words, will not solve the problem we hope it might open the eyes of a few to the struggles these communities face.
That’s why we published the stories below in our 2016 Virginia Pridefest guide this year (click the image below to see the full book) – to show that while we are all different, there are parts of our identities, our shared experiences, that make us all the same. Special thanks to Chaz Barracks who lead this project – keep up with him on his website at IAMYMLIFE.org. And we look forward to seeing all of you at Virginia Pridefest this weekend, 9/24, at Brown’s Island!
Click on the images below to read the full stories – some are sad, some are funny, but they all aim to remind us that LGBTQ people exist and we’re not going anywhere.