Thank you, Mongrel, December Newsletter Sponsor

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Since its inception, Carytown’s infamous gift shop, Mongrel, has been a supporter of countless number of local charities and causes. The welcoming staff, the unusual collection of gifts and cards that one can find nowhere else in town, are just of a few reasons the store is now celebrating their 30th anniversary.

Owners Stan McCulloch and Mark Burkett, along with their staff, support Diversity Richmond both personally and professionally. Be it designing event announcements, donating door prizes or much needed dollars, Mongrel is a very good friend to our community. And to them we say thank you!

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Grant Deadline Reminder

Since 1999, Diversity Richmond has contributed more than $1 Million in support of our local LGBTQ+ community. This does not include the thousands of dollars in food and clothing vouchers for those in need. Nor does it include the free use of meeting and storage spaces that countless numbers of organizations use in our building.

This year has been challenging for us all due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but we are committed to supporting our community as best we can. This year Diversity Richmond is providing up to $25,000 in grant funds for area organizations. There are four levels of funding that organizations may apply: $5,000, $2,500, $1,000 and $500

The deadline to apply is Sunday, November 29th. The awards will be announced before year’s end. Download the grant application here.

If you have questions, please email Program Coordinator, Evan Smith, at .

Diversity Richmond Partners with Dr. Chaz Antoine Barracks

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We are very excited about partnering with Chaz Antoine and love providing a grant of monetary support for his Black Matter Productions! If you read Style Magazine, you saw that Chaz Antoine was chosen as one of the 40 under 40 this year. And, if you watched our first Diversity Richmond Film Night you saw his film “ Don't Touch My Hair RVA” an art-documentary to pluralize the Black narrative and reveal the wealth of Black experiences. By centering Black women, who herstorically are often the bridge and backbone to social justice movements, hair expressions are used as a metaphor to depict a multiplicity of blackness. Then you had a chance to view the talk back with him.

Last weekend Chaz Antoine and Black Matter Productions presented a virtual program “A Messy Year” for 1708 Gallery’s InLight along with co-host Diversity Richmond Board member Rebecca Keel. Earlier, he showed a Black Matter production in process with commentary at the Afrikana Virtual Film Festival. He continues to lead the Blackademic programming at Six Points Innovation Center (6PIC) and is active with local arts and inclusion organizations in Richmond.

With his recently completed Media, Art, and Text Interdisciplinary PhD program at VCU, and Master's in Nonprofit Studies at University of Richmond, where he focused on youth arts programs, Dr Chaz Antoine's scholarly practice brings together Black feminist auto-ethnography, Black pop culture and performance studies, and Black queer world-making. He wants to lift up Black Joy!

We look forward to continuing to partner with Dr. Chaz Antoine Barracks and to provide support for his work.

Minority Vets Summit a Big Success!

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The Minority Veterans of America’s Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Summit on November 12th was a huge success. Explore in-depth the experiences of veterans who’ve existed on the margins of the traditional military veteran archetype and their intersections with poverty, the justice system, corporate culture, public policy, and more.

A recording of the summit is available for viewing until December 12th. Register online to gain access to and view all of the incredible content from all of the inspiring presenters.

Your Gift Shopping Can Support Diversity Richmond Programs

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Did you know that you can support Diversity Richmond when shopping on Amazon? Click the link below to have your purchases go towards our cause! Your support allows us to provide services and resources to the community. Services such a our food drives which have provided hundreds of families with free groceries, our financial assistance program for LGBTQ individuals facing homelessness and the donation of our facilities to individuals and organizations in need of free meeting or event space. Diversity Richmond is committed to doing our part as our communities persevere through a difficult time.

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Black LGBTQ Community Belongingness Study

Black LGBTQ Community Beloningness Mental Health Study

VCU is conducting an online study about the experiences of Black LGBTQ individuals in the United States with identity-based communities. If you are Black, at least 18 years old, AND identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, genderqueer, pansexual, DL, genderfluid, or any other member of the LGBTQ+ community this project is for you!
Participation involves spending about 30 minutes completing an anonymous survey. Your involvement in this study could help us learn more about the role of community belongingness in coping, mental health, and well-being for Black LGBTQ individuals.
Participate in the survey here.
Find out more abut the survey and researchers here.

Through collaboration, Diversity Richmond reaching thousands of people

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We wanted to share a few examples of the difference that our 2020 grants are making. Below is a small sampling of how the funding has helped:

HEALTH BRIGADE: The transgender population is disproportionally affected by poverty and unemployment. The support from Diversity enabled the clinic to provide vital services such as medical and mental health appointments, cost of hormone and mental health prescriptions for 198 people.

METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH: The grant enabled MCC to help maintain their food pantry, which averages helping over 350 people weekly. The funds assisted with the expenses of non-perishable foods, hygiene supplies and much needed shelving for the pantry.

NATIONZ FOUNDATION: Through Diversity funding, Nationz has helped 51 people facing homelessness with emergency housing, rental and utility assistance, food needs and postage to ship food to people who had no transportation.

SIDE BY SIDE: Due to the pandemic, the funds that were originally granted to support the Gender and Sexuality Alliance Summit were used to cover staff salaries to continue to provide support for schools and grow school’s Gay Student Alliance groups. Also, to expand the number of Youth Support Coordinators who are volunteer school staff who serve as liaisons between their schools and Side By Side. There are now 60 Coordinators in Central Virginia schools due to Side By Side outreach.

MINORITY VETERANS OF AMERICA: Conducted wellness-based programs for those struggling with addition and trauma; grew the Richmond Chapter membership from 50 to 89; conducted a leadership development program and provided financial assistance due to COVID 19 issues.

These are but a few of the ways that you, our donors, are playing roles in helping those in need. Thank you for your support.

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Diversity Richmond offering $25,000 in grants for 2021!

Since 1999, Diversity Richmond has contributed more than $1 Million in support of our local LGBTQ+ community. This does not include the thousands of dollars in food and clothing vouchers for those in need. Nor does it include the free use of meeting and storage spaces that countless numbers of organizations use in our building.

This year has been challenging for us all due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but we are committed to supporting our community as best we can. This year Diversity Richmond is providing up to $25,000 in grant funds for area organizations. There are four levels of funding that organizations may apply: $5,000, $2,500, $1,000 and $500

The awards will be announced before year’s end.

If you have questions, please email Program Coordinator, Evan Smith, at .

Deadline for applications is
Sunday, November 29, 2020
by 5:00 P.M.

Download the grant application here

The board, staff and volunteers of Diversity Richmond gratefully acknowledges the support of our wonderful community. We could never do what we do without you.

To support Diversity Richmond, donate by credit card here or mail checks to Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond, VA 23220.

Boyfriend House by Brian Kenny / Future Camaraderies by Kevin Sabo Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond

The Iridian Gallery Boyfriend House and Future Camaraderies

Now through Nov. 6
Wed - Sun 9 am - 5 pm

Visitors to Iridian Gallery must follow CDC guidelines when entering the space. Masks are required and the floors are marked with directional arrows to ensure safe movement through the gallery. Pictured below, Brian Kenny hanging a piece of his show. Follow Iridian Gallery on facebook

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Amazon purchases can support Diversity Richmond programs

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Did you know that you can support Diversity Richmond when shopping on Amazon? “Prime Day” is October 13 and 14. Click the link below to have your purchases go towards our cause! Your support allows us to provide services and resources to the community. Services such a our food drives which have provided hundreds of families with free groceries, our financial assistance program for LGBTQ individuals facing homelessness and the donation of our facilities to individuals and organizations in need of free meeting or event space. Diversity Richmond is committed to doing our part as our communities persevere through a difficult time.

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BI+ Awareness Celebration

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BI+ Awareness Celebration

Check out our archived Diversity Richmond Facebook live streamed music event from Queer bands, part of our September celebration for Bisexual+ Awareness Week. Watch on facebook

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Bi+ Awareness Gas Station Rebate

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#SpirtDay

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Go Purple Thursday, October 15

LGBTQ youth disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Each year, millions go purple for Spirit Day to support LGBTQ youth in a united stand against bullying. Pledging to “go purple" on Spirit Day is a way for everyone to visibly show solidarity with youth and to take part in the largest, most visible LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign in the world.

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