Through the coordination of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, Diversity Richmond is one of about 35 local organizations that are discussing ways to address racism in our communities. The meetings were called as a result of the recent violence in Charlottesville.

Participants include Virginia Council of Churches, St. Paul’s Baptist, Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Jewish Community Foundation, YWCA, YMCA and the American Civil War Museum. The most recent meeting where a myriad of ideas were discussed was hosted by Diversity Richmond.

The group is planning an event to be held in Richmond on or around September 16. While it is suspected that some people may be planning direct action on Monument Avenue, it was the consensus of the group that our event would be located elsewhere.

It was also hoped that September 16 would be a catalyst to engage people in much broader roles of programs focused on community, equality and justice.

“While the LGBT community was not directly targeted in Charlottesville, injustice is injustice,” stated Bill Harrison of Diversity Richmond. “We must unite to send unified messages and to take action to ensure that hate has no place in our society. I am very pleased that we were one of several LGBT organizations involved in these local actions. I think there will be many teachable moments for all of us.”

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.

Yall Means AllCharlottesville celebrates Pride

Charlottesville organizers are so excited about their upcoming Pride Festival on Sept. 16, and welcomes folks from the surrounding areas to join locals for an uplifting celebration. Get the schedule here.