Pride Over Richmond


 Fall Line Fest - You can’t have #RVAPride without mentioning Richmond’s music scene – if there isn’t an amazing national act coming through town, then there are plenty of shows to catch amazing and unique local talent across the city. The folks at Fall Line Fest have gone a step further and created an event that is tailor-made for the Richmond scene and it happens to fall right at the beginning of RVAPride Month! So make sure you keep your weekend free Sept. 6 and 7, and come one out and dance with Neon Indian in a DJ set, or twerk that booty under the professional -twerk guidance of NOLO’s own Big Feedia. Lauren Eubank, part of the Fall Line Fest Team, spoke with GayRVA about why this festival promotes #RVAPride.


Linden Row Inn - The Linden Row Inn is an establishment that offers all the amenities of a great hotel, within a suave atmosphere, all saturated in an intriguing history you would expect from a building dating back to the 1800s. For a time Edgar Allen Poe called the land home, and according to local legend the enchanted garden is the one that Poe mentions in his famous poem “To Helen.” In 1988 the buildings were restored and turned into the full service inn it is today. They offer a convenient downtown location close to the Greater Richmond Convention Center, VCU, The National, and numerous other Richmond attractions. Also, Linden Row has seasonal art expositions in the Parlour Lobby and Dining Room for their guest to enjoy. Vishal Savani, Communications Manager for the Linden Row Inn spoke with us about why he and his business have #RVAPride. 



Kings DominionKings Dominion is one of the premiere travel destinations on a trip to Richmond, and the month of September has a special incentive for LGBT folks to make the trip. Brother Help Thyself, a DC based non-profit group, works with the park to throw one of the biggest and best LGBT parties on the Coast, this year’s event falls on September 14th, right in the middle of RVAPride month! With more than 60 rides, attractions, and shows, it has the largest collection coasters on the East Coast. It’s always great to see a local business take an interest in the LGBT community, so be sure to thank those at Kings Dominion by stopping by for a ride or two. John Taylor, Director of Marketing & Sales for Kings Dominion, spoke with his management team and they told us why the theme park has #RVAPride.


LaDifferenceLaDiff has been around since 1980 – starting with classics like futons and flip chairs. But as style evolved, so did this locally owned business. Taking great pride in their ‘brick & mortar’ location has been key to their success, with charming window displays and outstanding in person service, you’d be hard pressed to find another furniture, household accessories, and gift store that offers so much diversity. “Fun, energy, and enthusiasm” are all big players with LaDiff, so be sure to make this one of your first stops on your trip to RVA. Sarah Paxton, VP of Sales & Finance at LaDiff spoke with GayRVA about why her business has #RVAPride.


Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - On a trip to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden you are sure to be graced with the beauty and precision of an expertly gardened and maintained oasis of varying flora. They offer over ten different gardens on their property, ranging from the central garden to the children’s garden, in total boasting over 50 acres of garden to their visitors. A Botanical Garden has been on the property since 1926. The impressive, domed conservatory is the only one of it’s kind in the mid-Atlantic. They offer multiple dining options, making it the perfect place to spend the day, get lost in nature, maybe learn something, and enjoy the #RVAPride at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Beth Monroe, Public Relations & Marketing Director for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden spoke with us about why this famed garden space has #RVAPride.

The Valentine Richmond History Center - The Valentine Richmond History Center is the go-to spot to understand and learn about the complex history that permeates from every cobblestone here in Richmond. In addition to a wealth of items and information detailing over 400 years of RVA history, the Valentine also boasts the largest collection of information and items from Richmond’s LGBT history. A stop in Richmond isn’t complete without a stop at the Valentine. Domenick Casuccio, Director of Public Relations & Marketing for the Valentine, spoke with GayRVA about why the over 100-year-old institution has #RVAPride.
Christopher Murphy is the owner and graphic artist behind Digital Empire Graphic Design. He’s the brains and hands behind a number of the graphics, visual presentations, and event posters you’ll see around town and online that help support the RVA LGBT community. Murphy spoke with GayRVA about why he has #RVAPride.


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts-

Nothing wows a visitor to Richmond like the amazing collection of modern and classic art on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Located in the heart of the Fan, the VMFA is the perfect place to bring a friend, a date, or a guest in town for Pride season! With collections that span centuries, in addition to pieces that show Virginia’s own history, the VMFA is both educational and entertaining.

And don’t forget to pick up some of the best coffee in town at the Best Cafe, or enjoy a glass of wine and some classy fine-dinning eats in the 3rd floor Amuse Restaurant. Bob Tarren, Marketing director at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, took some time out of his busy day to speak with us about why he has #RVAPride.



Richmond Triangle Players - It’s a wonderful, gay world at the Richmond Triangle Players, and Richmond wouldn’t be the same without it. With impressive LGBT productions, spanning genres and topics and time, and it’s always a great show at RTP. Located in the up-and-coming Scotts Addition neighborhood, don’t let the industrial buildings surrounding this artistic grotto fool you – RTP is sure to make for a great show that you won’t be able to catch anywhere else. With 21 years of production under their belts, RTP has the history and the clout to wow any audience, and turn your average theater-fan into a theater-groupie. RTP’s Managing Director, Phil Crosby, spoke with GayRVA about why the famed LGBT Theater company is one of the best examples of #RVAPride in town.


2113 - Justin Ayars is one of the owners and operators of 2113 Bistro, a hip, upscale dining spot located in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom. Just like the City of Richmond, 2113 Bistro embraces both innovation and tradition. Housed in an old tobacco warehouse, 2113 Bistro unites the city’s cosmopolitan energy with the proud cultural traditions of the region. Ayars spoke with GayRVA about why he has #RVAPride.


Maury Place At Monument - Maury Place at Monument is an inn owned and operated by local couple Mac Pence and Jeff Wells. They say “their vision is to create a space where people can relax and renew their spirits.” The historic home that houses Maury Place Inn was constructed in 1916, and all of the original architecture, structure, and floor plans were preserved through it’s renovation in 2008-09. Maury Place Inn is certified as a “Virginia Green Lodging” by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, which means even nature will thank you for staying here. Your visit will also provide you the opportunity to meet Chico and Lucy, the hospitable “Inn Dogs” at Maury Place, what more could you want? Jeff Wells, Innkeeper at Maury Place at Monument Ave, spoke with GayRVA about why he has #RVAPride


In Light  InLight is a public exhibition project that works with light-based are and performance. Organized by the 1708 Gallery, the series has been around since 2008, to celebrate 1708′s 30th anniversary, and to give back to the Richmond community in an artistic way. The event continues to draw crowds, as the one-night-only event has become a seasonal staple for Richmonders. InLight will be celebrated Friday, Nov. 8th this year. Emily Smith, Executive Director for 1708 Gallery, spoke with GayRVA about why this exhibit, and the work her gallery does, helps celebrate #RVAPride.