Keith WattsWhile needing a safe place to talk about and share our experiences is something that many of us seek, social spaces, such as bar or club, that many of us frequent may not be the most comfortable space to do so. That is why several months ago Diversity Richmond established the “Men’s Sunday Social Hour.”

The group is led by Keith J. Watts, a Ph.D. candidate in Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work. Keith is a recent transplant to Richmond, but he has quickly embraced us as his own. His welcoming personality and his understanding of being a gay man and the isolation and challenges that many of us face have made him a much-appreciated volunteer.

“I am no stranger to the marginalization that so many of us experience within our community and that is what makes the culture of inclusivity that clearly exists at Diversity Richmond so remarkable. Living up to its name, I have connected with folks from all walks of life through this organization, and that alone has provided me with opportunities to access the relationships, mentorship and support that were crucial to me feeling affirmed and at home in Richmond,” shared Keith.

“Men’s Social Group,” is an opportunity for gay men of any age to connect with others who may share similar experiences and who are looking for support and comradery. If you are interested in attending or have questions, please contact Keith at

The Men’s Sunday Social Hour meets at 4:15-6:15 P.M. every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at Diversity Richmond, 1407 Sherwood Avenue, 23220 in the classroom, door # 2.