So often the enemy works on our behalf. We’ve seen it lots of times. For those of us who remember Anita Bryant, we know that few in our community could have united us the way she did when she launched her anti-gay campaign in Dade County, Florida in 1977. Anita raised the country’s awareness of our plights and caused our movement to realize unprecedented growth and support.

Donald Trump is doing the same thing. His recent tweet in an attempt to change procedures regarding transgender military service somewhat backfired. Support seems limited.

The enemy keeps the fires burning in our bellies. They remind us that it is dangerous to take rights and progress for granted. While they attempt to degrade us, they actually strengthen our forces as they anger people enough to take stands, donate money and raise voices.

We have come so very far and that progress will not be overturned, but we must be vigilant and not lose sight of the efforts that got us this far.

Your financial contributions to Diversity Richmond allow us to fight every day for justice.

Thank you for being there.

Bill Harrison
President and Executive Director

To make a tax deductible contribution, visit our donation page or mail checks to 1407 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23220. Since 1999, Diversity Richmond has contributed more than $955,000 to the local LGBTQ community. The organization also provides free meeting spaces for LGBTQ groups. Last year over 8,000 people used the facility for free.

Anita Bryant pie in face

Remembering Anita Bryant

We mentioned Anita Bryant in our lead article so for those of you who are not familiar with her, click on the Wikipedia link below to read her story. The photograph was taken following Ms. Bryant being hit in the face with a fruit pie that was tossed by a gay man. We don’t endorse such actions, but could not help but include the picture.

About Anita Bryant