Robyn Bentley selected as AARP Diversity Team Advisor

SAGE Chair Robyn Bentley has been selected as an AARP Diversity Team Advisor representing Central Virginia SAGE and Diversity Richmond.

Robyn attended the AARP Virginia Diversity Team annual meeting in Williamsburg and came back with many ideas for SAGE to partner with AARP on events and programs for the 50+ LGBTQ community. SAGE and Diversity Richmond are co-sponsoring a free screening of the documentary Before You Know It on May 20th at Richmond Triangle Players. Save the date! More details coming.

You can help to honor unsung LGBTQ hero, Bayard Rustin

The National LGBTQ Task Force needs your help in honoring one of the most significant and yet unsung heroes of the civil rights movement.

Bayard Rustin was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, an openly gay man, and an LGBTQ activist. In 2013, Rustin was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In awarding the medal, President Obama said, "For decades, this great leader, often at Dr. King's side, was denied his rightful place in history because he was openly gay."

Now we all have a chance to give Rustin and his legacy the public awareness and recognition they deserve with a United States postage stamp. Please take a few minutes to visit the campaign page where you'll find a sample letter to send to the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee to recommend a stamp in honor of Bayard Rustin. 

The National LGBTQ Task Force launched this campaign with our partners at the International Court System - a partnership that lead to last year's release of a postage stamp in honor of Harvey Milk. Now it's time to honor another true LGBTQ hero, and with your help we can make history again with a Bayard Rustin stamp. Take action now.

Community ally Ray Green joins Diversity Richmond Board

Ray Green and his wife, Kathy, are two of the strongest, most dedicated allies that we have in Richmond. Ray has been with the Federal Reserve Bank for three years where he serves as Enterprise Information Security Consultant, a thought leader with information security protection of the bank's online systems.

He chaired PRISM, the bank's LGBT employee organization for two years and after serving as vice chair for one year. Under his leadership, for the last two years, the Human Rights Campaign scored the FRB with a 100% rating. While Ray was chair, he spearheaded the efforts to provide medical benefits for transgender employees seeking transitioning surgeries.

The Richmond FRB is in one of 12 districts nationally and due to PRISM's work, now all 12 districts offer the medical coverage to transgender employees.

Ray is the chair of our program committee and is excited about joining our team and we are certainly thrilled to have him on our team.