Top 10 Most Popular Stories Of 2011
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10. Taylor’s Journey
We received an e-mail about a Richmond mom looking for resources for her 6-year-old transgender daughter and had the chance to sit down and chat about her family. This mom gets it. She shares an amazing story of a love and acceptance. After posting, we received several calls from other local news outlets requesting contact information for the family, but to date, this has been the only published interview out of respect for Taylor’s privacy.
Local couple Peter and Jimmy were married in D.C. last August and let GayRVA.com in on all the details of their Richmond reception. We spoke with several of their vendors and learned that same-sex couples can have all the wedding bells and traditions even in the Old South.
The current University of Richmond senior was selected as our 2011 Out.Spoken. Richmonder of the Year for his advocacy work on and off campus. Last academic year, he worked with the Board of Trustees to add gender identity and expression into the campus non-discrimination policy making UofR only the third school in the commonwealth to have such a policy. Jon is now an occasional contributor for GayRVA.
Everyone loves a throwback – especially when there is such a local historical tie. This year, with the installation of digital billboards along the I-95 corridor, the Gay Community Center of Richmond, revitalized a historic campaign from the 1980s spearheaded by activist Guy Kinman – “Someone You Know Is Gay, Maybe Someone You Love.”
Fitness guru Jason Yu posted his first list of do’s and don’ts in late December last year and it went viral just in time for all those New Year’s resolutions. The original list spawned several followups out of necessity according to Jason. (Please wear deodorant while working out y’all – seriously.)
Resident straight guy Chad Brown took to the Internets to see what this chatroulette phenomenon was all about. Scandal!
Gays love their Gaga and she shows her Virginia love here. With the release of her single “You & I,” Gaga recorded state versions of the song.
Two rabbis make their mark on Richmond. Rabbi Jesse Gallop is the assistant rabbi at Beth Ahabah – the sixth oldest Jewish congregation in the United States. Rabbi Andrew Goodman is the first director of Jewish life at the University of Richmond. And they’re married!
After seeing repeat postings on Craigslist about cruisy activity happening at local gyms, we get Jason’s take.
Ray Boltz performed at Metropolitan Community Church in April. The interview became the most-read item well-after his spring performance because of heated debate on sexuality and Christianity. The singer actually provided his personal insight on the crossroads of faith and sexuality in his interview. Read opinions from both sides via Facebook and our site comment chain.
Kevin Clay is the editor and publisher of GAYRVA.COM. He is a Richmond native, loves the city and knows it's on the edge of greatness. Don't hold back RVA. You can follow Kevin on GAYRVA's Twitter or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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