It was not too long ago when LGBT community organizers never considered approaching businesses for financial support for fear of severe rejection. Today, if it were not for corporate provisions, many of our organizations could never fulfill their missions.
No better example than Carytown businesses. The Carytown Merchants Association voted to celebrate June, Pride Month, by decorating windows, raising funds, hosting a parade and a mini-Pride festival.
These public means of support are messages that Carytown is not only a safe place for us, but that bigotry and prejudice is not the environment of this popular, thriving business district. Carytown belongs to all of us and we all belong to Carytown.
Carytown has a long history with our community. For many years, several bars and other LGBT-owned businesses have called the Cary Street corridor home.
This newsletter is dedicated to Carytown and the wonderful, generous, thoughtful people who have enthusiastically claimed Pride Month as a way to celebrate equality.
Thank you, Carytown Merchants Association. This is a humbling time for Diversity Richmond.