COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic May 26

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Diversity Richmond in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health is proud to host a public COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Thursday, May 26 at our facility at 1407 Sherwood Avenue in Richmond. The vaccination clinic will be held in our Event Hall, the entrance to which is off our parking lot closest to I95. Masks and social distancing while in our building are required.

This clinic will be offering the Moderna vaccine which will require a second dose for maximum efficacy. You will be given an appointment to return to Diversity Richmond for your second dose at the time your first dose is administered.

Please use the following links to register for a vaccine appointment through the Virginia Department of Health’s scheduling system:

Click here to register for a vaccine appointment on Thursday, May 26 between 9:00am and 11:30am: https://rb.gy/xm5tso

Click here to register for a vaccine appointment on Thursday, May 26 between 1:00pm and 3:30pm: https://rb.gy/tvoton

Diversity Richmond does not control scheduling of appointments and has no further information about the Moderna vaccine, its efficacy or potential side effects. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/covid-19-vaccine/.

Sordid Lives to benefit Diversity Richmond

Sordid Lives

Diversity Richmond is honored to be the beneficiary of a special private screening of the LGBTQ classic film “Sordid Lives” on Saturday, May 8 at the Byrd Theatre. The film will be followed by a virtual, live Q & A with Ann Walker who plays LaVonda DuPree and the movie’s writer and director, Del Shores! The ticket includes the movie, free popcorn and soft drinks and the Q & A! Tickets are limited. Buy them here: diversity-richmond.square.site

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There is support if you are feeling overwhelmed

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Reaching out is the healthy thing to do

The George Floyd trial. The Daunte Wright killing by a police officer. And right in our own backyards, the Windsor police handling of motorist, Army Officer Caron Nazario. These are stressful, agonizing times.

If you are feeling depressed, isolated or overcome, you are not alone. Reaching out for help is the healthy thing to do and free support is available. Two of our partner agencies offer both one-on-one or group support.

The Virginia Anti Violence Project offers support, be it a ZOOM group or one-on one. If you desire individual mental health services, call 804 925 9242 or email.

Nationz Foundation also facilitates group support. More information can be found on their website or by calling 804-716-7597.

Our community is filled with organizations of people who identify with how you are feeling and want to help. You are not alone. We are all in this together.

Kroger Grocery supports Diversity efforts to battle food insecurity

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Allison McGee of Kroger Grocery recently presented Diversity Richmond $2,500 in store gift certificates. The funds will be used to purchase food for our quarterly food drives as well as assistance for individuals who are in need. Over the last few months, we have provided a week’s supply of groceries to over 2,300 local families. Much of this is made possible by our community partners such as Kroger, a responsible corporate citizen indeed. Thank you, Kroger Grocery!

Pictured are Raul Cantu, Cheezi Farmer, Allison McGee, James Millner and Bill Harrison

Drive In Drag Is Back!

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Sat., April 24th 6 & 8pm

We're bringing back our fabulous parking lot drag shows for the spring. Get ready to see your favorite queens tear it up with 2 Saturday evening shows! Get your tickets at diversity-richmond.square.site and we will send you a parking assignment. See you there!

Diversity to Host COVID Vaccination Clinic Soon

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Plans are in the making for Diversity Richmond to partner with the Virginia Department of Health in offering COVID vaccinations in May. The clinic will be held in our event hall. We have hosted a number of COVID testing clinics in the last few months, with hundreds of people coming through our doors.

VDH will also have their community educational teams staff information tables in Diversity Thrift in the weeks leading up to the vaccination clinics. Updates will be forthcoming. Stay tuned.

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Diversity Richmond food drives

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“My hands are freezing, but my heart is warm.”
~ James Millner, Recent Food Drive

Cold rainy weather did not deter the Diversity Richmond team from once again providing much needed food to over 500 local families last week. Two drives, one at Sacred Heart Center in Manchester and the second at Greenleigh Mobile Home Park in Chesterfield, supplied fresh vegetables, fruit, milk and frozen meats to appreciative families. Also provided were personal hygiene and feminine care products. We also handed out hundreds of facial masks and coloring books.

During the busy activity at Scared Heart, one woman carrying an infant wrapped in a blanket walked up to the site. She had taken a long bus ride from Hull Street Road to the Center in hopes of taking food back in her arms. We invited her inside the Center to keep warm until a volunteer was located to take her, the baby and a week’s supply of groceries back to her apartment.

That is what our food drives are all about. Most of us have never been hungry, but many people are facing severe food shortages and Diversity Richmond continues to address those hardships. Since late last year, we have assisted over 2,300 families.

As with most any Diversity project, it is a collaboration. Special thanks to Feed More who provided thousands of pounds of food to each drive we have conducted. Also thank you to Diaz Foods, Latinos En Virginia, The Laughing Gull Foundation, Sylvia’s Sisters and Kroger.

By supporting Diversity Richmond, you make projects such as this possible. To donate to Diversity, click on to the below link.

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Photo above: Chesterfield County Police were instrumental in making the Greenleigh Mobile Home Park food drive a success. They, along with other volunteers, packed frozen foods, vegetables and other food in bags for distribution. They also directed traffic and welcomed guests as they arrived.

Photos below: A sampling of the volunteers who helped with the food drives. Center is Raul Cantu of Diversity Richmond who has coordinated all our drives. There was a steady line of cars all morning waiting for groceries.

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It’s official! Diversity Richmond and Virginia Pride are one!

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It’s now in writing. On March 22nd, the official vote was taken by Virginia Pride membership unanimously deciding to merge with Diversity Richmond. After over a year of research, study and brainstorming, it is official. We are one.

What does this mean? It means that two of the commonwealth’s strongest LGBTQ organizations have joined forces and will combine resources to work harder than ever to improve life for all of us.

If you would like to help with those efforts or would want more information, email us at .

Virginia easing Covid gathering restrictions April 1

DR Event Hall easing Covid restrictions April 1

As vaccination distribution continues and percent positivity in the community decrease, the following easements will go into effect at the beginning of next month for our event hall and other entertainment venues in Virginia:

Indoor 30% of capacity or 500 people (whichever is lower).
Outdoor 30% of venue capacity.

Your health and safety is our number one priority as we navigate through the new mitigation measures on gatherings in our 13,000 square foot event hall. We follow all Virginia and CDC guidelines in this facility and also our thrift store, gallery, and offices.

Rental revenue helps fund some of the programs and services at Diversity Richmond. Please keep us in mind for your future party, wedding, reception, special event, trade show, banquet, meeting, or seminar. Our center is centrally located between Hermitage and Brook roads, with ample free parking and easy access from I-95 and I-64. We offer flexible set-up times, A/V equipment, kitchen access for caterers, and our facility can be used for both day and evening events.

The Event Hall adjoins our main parking lot and is fully accessible for special needs visitors. View rental space

Iridian Gallery

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Works by Arkansas artist V.L. Cox are currently on display in the virtual exhibition “Watershed” at the Iridian Gallery. The exhibition is a collection of new work and select pieces from her national tour, visible at iridian-gallery.weebly.com and on instagram @iridiangallery. A podcast interview with the artist will launch this weekend on our website, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts. The piece pictured above is "Steel Resolve."

Cox’s work, in which she manipulates and combines objects, addresses social justice and the interactions and reflections of a queer woman who was raised in the South. One of her new pieces “Southern Exposure” comes from a self-portrait, where the visual removal of a simple sleep shirt exposes the skin and vulnerabilities that lies beneath.

“Watershed” is rooted in the artist’s belief that the documentation and historical importance of visibility, conversation, and growth lends the potential for understanding and to help mend the wounds of injustice which continues to polarize our communities.

Exhibitions by Erika Diamond, Eric Anthony Berdis and Braxton Congrove remain on display in the gallery at Diversity Richmond until April 10.

Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School supports Diversity Richmond

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Thank you to the students at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for collecting food and hygiene items for our two recent food drives. Can you tell that those are smiling faces behind those masks?

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