Richmond’s LGBT community had a busy year filled with controversy as seen by our top 5 most read articles on GayRVA.com. Our staff will share their own picks for the top stories of 2010 later this week.
This photo essay by Eric Russell shows how a rally planned by Virginia Commonwealth University students turned into an impromptu march to the state’s capital. Students quickly coordinated the program in three days in response to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s recommendation to state colleges and universities to remove sexual orientation from their non-discrimination policies.
Richmond loves a controversy. When a nightlife institution is taken over by new management, there are cries of foul play by members of the gay community. A patron captures his friend getting hackled by staff on video. The club’s new management, also the owners of the Paper Moon, respond to the negative publicity saying all are welcome to the new venue. By the end of 2010, it’s obvious to clubgoers that this is not the same Fieldens.
Westboro Baptist Church had a visit to Richmond this year and the community responded in a major way. GayRVA.com was one of the first media outlets to publish information about their March 2 visit. Upon arrival, they were greeted at the Virginia Holocaust Museum by a slew of counter-protesters raising money for good.
After Ward, an active member of the community and local drag entertainer (aka Trampolina Spaulding) passes away, friends band together to put on a benefit show raising money towards his final expenses. The fundraising efforts raise more than $3,000.
A quick post on GayRVA’s Facebook wall from an upset mother leads to a further look at a type of discrimination that doesn’t often receive much publicity – family memberships. American Family Fitness stands by its policy of recognizing families as those defined in marriage under law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The couple took their money elsewhere.
Don’t expect ex-gay therapy to get the green light from Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring anytime soon, despite what the American Family Foundation tells you. The Christian-advocacy group is reporting the ex-gay therapy group Voice of the Voiceless is in talks (via the Liberty Council) with the Virginia AG’s office to allow the medically debunked treatment [...]