Bombshell big supporter of our community

Bombshell logo

I had seen the big pink building a million times, and knew it was a “hair place” called Bombshell, but that was about the extent of it. Boy, was I in for a surprise. It’s much, much more. It’s a place where we learn how to feel better about our bodies and just maybe fulfill a fantasy or two about things we’d always wanted to do, but were afraid to pursue. Fear no more, Bombshell is here.

From the moment one calls to make an appointment or to just explore the services offered, you are made comfortable. Are you a man (or woman) who has thought about having those eyebrows sculptured, a tanned body, unwanted hair removed or a waxing near those very personal areas to surprise a lover or to just enjoy yourself? The phone number is 342-0051. The rates are more than reasonable.

Drop by and explore. They will welcome you lovingly. Tell them Diversity Richmond sent you. Visit Bombshell.

Bombshell staff

The staff of Bombshell loves helping us love our bodies. They are donating sales proceeds of locally made skincare products to Diversity Richmond.

Chop Suey Books loves Diversity Richmond

Chop Suey Books

Seventeen years old, Chop Suey Books moved to Carytown a few years ago as did its huge following. The website says the store carries “gently used literature about art, photography, architecture, design, philosophy, poetry, film and the like.” The warm and friendly atmosphere welcomes visitors who love books or who need a special gift for someone who does. The store is located at 2913 West Cary Street, across from the Byrd.

Chop Suey Ward

Chop Suey owner Ward Tefft says, “Diversity Thrift is the only Richmond thrift that puts such a big percentage of sales back into the community.”

Thank you, Dr. Lisa Griffin

Lisa Griffin

Dr. Lisa Griffin is a well-known and respected clinical psychologist who works with gender-diverse children and their families at Pride Inside, a collective she founded, located in Carytown. Lisa has been instrumental in coordinating Carytown’s Pride celebrations. A more than well-known figure in our community, Lisa’s dedication has enabled countless numbers of children and their families to create a safe and healthy environment where both youth and parents are nurtured. Thank you, Lisa! 

Ladles and Linens Kitchen Shoppe


“It’s always a kitchen party and everyone’s invited”

Yet another example of why Carytown is loved. Founded 22 years ago as a small shop in Lexington, Ladles and Linens is now also located in Roanoke and Richmond. If you are into kitchens and/or cooking on any level, you must visit Ladles. The staff stays ahead of cooking, baking, bar and food trends and offers such a wide array of things we love. Those impossible to find gadgets or that wonderfully unique gift will be found here, we promise.

Don’t wait for the holidays to visit and when you are there, thank them for being such responsible corporate citizens. Located at 3016 West Cary, check out their website.

Ladles and Linens staff

Store manager, Rachel, obviously loves her work at Ladles. Great customer service is the norm.

Ladle watermelons

Lex’s of Carytown is one-stop shopping

Lexs of Carytown storefront

If you are in need of formal a dress, look no further. Not only does Lex’s carry some of the most prestigious labels such as Abby Paris, Jovani and Sherri Hill, the store also offers a wide selection of jewelry, accessories and shoes. Don’t let the store renovation fool you as Lex’s offers a wide selection. Located at 3020 West Cary, the staff is welcoming and anxious to help the bride, mother of the bride or wedding attendants. Prom dresses a specialty.

Lex's staff

Lex’s employees Sidnee and Grace are excited to raise funds for Diversity Richmond.

Sugar and Twine, where caffeine and deliciousness meet

Sugar And Twine

Their website says that “We believe that your caffeine fix should come with a side of deliciousness.” And it does. Their selections of pastries “made by hand” every morning not only look like delectable items in a gourmet baking book, they taste as good as they appear. While recently sharing a couple of delicacies, we found ourselves moaning as we ate. It’s that good. Located at 2428 West Cary, dairy free and gluten free options are also available as well as sandwiches filled with the freshest ingredients. Look at their goodies online.

Suger And Twine staff

The Sugar and Twine staff loves helping us raise much needed funds.

Richmond LGBTQ Chamber sponsors Job Fair

Richmond LGBTQ Chamber

The Richmond LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a week of events in June designed to help LGBTQ people locate jobs. Dressing for success, interview skills, enhancing resumes will be discussed during the week’s activities. A job fair will be held Wednesday, June 12th in the Diversity Richmond Event Hall.

More info here.

Meet your Richmond LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce


Well, actually they have been around for quite a while as the Richmond Business Alliance, but they just rebranded and are making big plans for our community. Chamber members (left to right above) Crystal Suber, Brian Boyce and Latasha Cosby were our recent guests on our monthly WRIR show, Diversity Richmond Speaks. Tune in on the link below and learn how the Chamber is making a huge difference in the local corporate scene.

Listen to the show

What Diversity Richmond Means to Me

Keith Watts PhotoBy Keith J. Watts

As a recent transplant to Richmond, and as a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Diversity Richmond has been nothing short of a resource. And while thankful for the enormous strides our community has made over the years in effecting the societal and cultural changes that have made my life as an openly gay man conceivable in any way, spaces such as Diversity Richmond are still often difficult to find. In the nearly two years that I have now lived here, Diversity Richmond has been a space for me to access a spiritual community, engage in research projects, volunteer and participate in fun events such as Drag Bingo, attend public book readings from authors as well as events honoring local LGBTQIA+ advocates–such as the “Black and Bold Awards”–and to thrift for some really unique fashions! Diversity Richmond has become a ‘one stop shop’ for most of my community needs!

Being a gay Black man, I am no stranger to the marginalization that so many LGBTQIA+ people of color 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 develop the relationships, mentorship, and support that were crucial to me feeling affirmed and at home here in Richmond. Doubtlessly, there is much more work to do on the road to equality, but it is truly encouraging to see organizations like Diversity Richmond taking the lead in this mission. I continue to be inspired by the work that Diversity Richmond does with the local community of LGBTQIA+ people and allies, and the indelible impact it has had on so many of our lives. This is what Diversity Richmond means to me.

I also hope that you will join me for our Sunday Social Hour Men’s Group on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 4:15 pm – 6:15 pm. It’ll be a treat! The group will be meeting in the Classroom (Door Entrance #2). If you would like additional information, please feel free to email me at . Hope to see you there.

Drag Bingo Big Hit!

Drag Bingo

Thank you to everyone who attended our recent drag bingo. Not only did we give away almost $2,000 to bingo winners, we also had a great party and celebrated community. Special events such as this allows Diversity Richmond to continually support the local LGBTQ community. Since 1999, we have donated more than $1 Million to local organizations. More drag bingo soon! Stay tuned.

Religion and the LGBT community

Faith WRIR

Three local faith leaders discuss the role of religion in our community…the good, the bad and the ugly.

Our most recent WRIR FM segment is a conversation with (left to right above) the Rev. Jean Pupke, Rev. Lacette Cross and Luise “Cheezie” Farmer about how religion has impacted our community. Our show, “Diversity Richmond Speaks,” airs the first Monday of each month on WRIR FM 97.3.


The Front Porch

The Front Porch

Diversity Richmond has partnered with WRIR once again for a new and exciting radio show, hosted by Vice President and Deputy Director, Rodney Lofton, titled “The Front Porch.”

“The Front Porch” was created to provide a voice and venue for Queer People of Color in Central Virginia, by addressing issues around race, gender and inclusion in the LGBTQ Community in Richmond and surrounding areas.

Take a listen to the most recent interview addressing Blackface and the LGBTQ Community, featuring guests (left to right above) Dr. Ravi Perry, Reverend Lacette Cross, Brooke Taylor, and Chelsea Higgs Wise.