Richmond LGBT Organizations Share 2010 Successes
Last week, the Gay Community Center of Richmond released a listing sharing the accomplishments of the city’s LGBT organizations in 2010. Here are highlights from the report.
Gay Community Center of Richmond
GCCR completed our third year of full-service community center operations in 2010. More than twenty groups – including each of those in this message – hosted events and meetings at GCCR, and none incurred a charge. Diversity Thrift celebrated its tenth anniversary, and returned to the Fan with the opening of DT2 on West Main St. We brought the community together to oppose Westboro Baptist Church, to coordinate joint action through the Central Virginia Rainbow Partnership, to educate with the exhibit Nazi Persecution of the Homosexuals, and to obtain the recognition from our leaders we deserve when Mayor Dwight Jones named November 21 Transgender Day of Remembrance in Richmond.
As is often the case in advocating GLBT rights in Virginia, 2010 has been a year of wins and “opportunities.” During the first quarter, we waged our most important battle against workplace discrimination. A bill adding sexual orientation to the Commonwealth’s non-discrimination policy passed in the Senate (our most significant GLBT-specific win to date) but failed to get out of committee in the House.
ROSMY responded to the tragic epidemic of teen suicides last fall by providing additional direct support to youth, enhancing our suicide prevention work, and increasing our outreach and training within the community through the Institute for Equality. Recently, ROSMY trained 130 in-school counselors and all of the high school counselors in Henrico County. With the support of the LGBT community, ROSMY has met the direct needs of hundreds of youth this year educated the larger community about how to end bullying and harassment to make our schools and community safe for all young people.
People of Faith For Equality in Virginia
People of Faith for Equality in Virginia (POFEV) was active in 2011 in the successful campaign to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, in building support for Employment Non-Discrimination legislation at the state and federal levels, and in promoting equality for LGBT people through local faith communities. We sponsored interfaith worship, in conjunction with Pride celebrations, in Northern Virginia and Richmond. We also co-partnered with the Human Rights Campaign in presenting a Gender Identity workshop for people of faith.
Our educational events in 2010 included a screening of On the Downlow for MLK, Jr. organizing weekend, partnering with Fan Free Clinic for a presentation on HIV/AIDS and the African American MSM Community. We also educated future social workers and teachers at local universities, talking about the LGBT community, emphasizing the challenges LGBT youth face. GLSEN Richmond also participated in EV’s Lobby Day, the Transgender Day of Remembrance, and in counter protests of Westboro Baptist Church’s protests aimed at our student groups, schools, and community.
Our projects and activities for the year include the following programs: Donnie Conner LPC, Transformation Retreats, Transgender panel, film ‘Fish Out Of Water’, speaker Marc Adams, Jaime Curtis – National PFLAG Field Representative, information on gender issues and terminology, and Holiday dinner with new attendees as guests.
MCC Richmond enjoyed an amazing 2010—engaging in spiritual and organizational renewal within the congregation while the pastor was away on a three-month renewal (sabbatical). We hired two new part-time staff members—one to develop new programs and the other to strengthen the music program. We also began re-engaging community partners, including co-sponsoring, with the Gay Community Center of Richmond (GCCR), a Love Equality Weekend in February and the Equality for All Festival in May (coming again in 2011). In addition, aided by a grant from GCCR, we began a significant outreach to LGBT students at VCU.
Richmond Triangle Players
In less than one year, Richmond Triangle Players has gone from being an itinerant company without a home to opening its own acclaimed new theater space; producing five plays in its annual subscription season, and collaborating on a sixth play with Henley Street Theater; providing a home for the new Cadence Theater Company and performances by the Richmond Men’s and Women’s Choruses; presenting nationally and internationally-known cabaret performers; and screening area premieres of several films, with a film series to premiere in January.
The full report can be accessed at GayRichmond.com.
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