Greater Richmond LGBTQIA+ Community Survey

LGBTQIA+ community survey

Are you an LGBTQ+ person 18 or older living in the greater Richmond area?

You are invited to participate in a survey about the experiences of members of the LGBTQIA+ community living in or around Richmond and the perception of the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community. The study is being conducted to inform the development and targeting of potential requests for support for services, programs and resources for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Learn more and access the survey here.

For Latinx, African American, older (55+), youth, or transgender members of the LGBTQIA+ community in the Richmond area, you are also invited to be part of focus group discussions. In this study, you will go to a group meeting, lasting about one hour. In the meeting, you will be in a group with 5 to 12 other members of the LGBTQ+ community. You will be asked to talk about things like experiences in the community, the kinds of support that you receive, needs that you see for LGBTQIA+ community and places where you feel safe. If you have any questions, concerns or want to participate, please contact: Eli Coston at (804) 404-3179, .

Holiday Food Drive


Diversity Richmond is hosting a Holiday Food Drive! So many of us have been fortunate through this pandemic - now you have the opportunity to give back and pay it forward. Donate now to give back to those in our community effected by food insecurity and get into the true meaning of giving this holiday season. We will be accepting donations until December 17th. If you have any questions, contact Raul Cantu at  or (804)678-8138 

Thanksgiving Day Drive-Thru

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Thurs., Nov. 26th
11:30 a.m. 'til 2:00 p.m.
Diversity Richmond parking lot
1407 Sherwood Ave., RVA 23220

You're invited to swing by a pick up a free delicious hot Thanksgiving meal catered by Ms. Girlee's Kitchen, courtesy of Black Pride RVA and the Laughing Gull Foundation.

Food will be distributed by order of arrival. We will not accept early arrivals. To ensure the health and safety of our volunteers and community members, we will adhere to COVID-19 CDC guidelines. Please remain in your vehicle and open the window of your vehicle when it’s your turn in line. All COVID-19 protocols are in place for all people preparing and handling the food. See you then!

Mongrel donates Rainbow and Virginia flags to Diversity Richmond

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Last November we dedicated the Rainbow, American and Virginia flags during our annual Diversity Richmond Celebrates. Carytown’s Mongrel, donated the Rainbow flag and just recently contributed a new Virginia flag as the original had faded. Pictured above are Mongrel’s Chris, Mike, Mark, Stan, (Diversity Richmond’s Raul) and Mongrel’s Laci.

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Black And Bold Nominations Deadline Dec. 11th

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Please share and save the date for Thursday February 25th at 7 p.m. as Diversity Richmond looks forward to celebrating our 5th annual Black and Bold Awards.

This year has challenged us all which makes it all the more necessary to recognize exemplary Black leadership in the LGBTQ+ community. Our nomination period is open until December 11th for anyone who could be honored this February. However, we welcome nominations throughout the year as we look to praise community members well beyond Black History Month.

If you have any questions or would like to support this program, please contact Program Coordinator Evan Smith at .

Nomination form

Thank you, Mongrel, December Newsletter Sponsor


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!


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.