Pride flag flies at City Hall

On June 1, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and members of the LGBTQ community raised the progress pride flag over City Hall to kick off and celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month. Pictured are Nationz Foundation Executive Director Zakia McKensey, Diversity Richmond Board Chair Cheezi Farmer, VA Pride Program Director James Millner, and Mayor Stoney.

Thank you, Valentine!

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When The Valentine began renovating its archives, they reached out and offered steel shelving units for Diversity Thrift. Now our electronics room looks really spiffy! We are still in need of free gondola and other display shelving for the store. Please contact to donate.



Iridian Gallery opening June 24th

Two concurrent solo shows by Richmond artists Harrison Moenich and Tom Condon on view in the gallery June 24th through August 6, 2022.

"Neither/Nor", featuring new paintings from Harrison Moenich explores the depth and texture of the lived non-binary experience in America. Through these paintings, there is a search for hope that one day individuals can be seen and celebrated without being compared or neglected.

Photographer Tom Condon presents "In the Absence of Scale", featuring his lensless photogram and chemigram images. Created through unconventional resists, light, and chemistry, these pieces are not photos, but art objects that reflect material experience and invited chance as a co-author.

Join us for the opening Friday, June 24 from 7:00-9:00pm. Light refreshments and a cash bar. Masks and social distancing are strongly recommended.

Diversity Richmond Summer Block party

Diversity Richmond Summer Block Party
Friday, July 1st, 7-10pm
Rain or shine in our event hall 1407 Sherwood Avenue, Richmond 23220.
FREE Admission
Karaoke Cash Prizes!
Free Snow Cones!
Hosted by Natasha Carrington!
All ages welcome. I.D. required for alcohol.
Cash bar serving up craft beer, wine, and cocktails
$7 Alcohol/ $2 Soft Drinks/Water
Proceeds benefit the programs of Diversity Richmond.
IDs will be checked and wrist bands used to identify age 21 and older for alcoholic beverages. Ice cold soft drinks and water will be on sale too.
Food will be for sale in the event hall catered by Midnight's Soul Food Catering.
Nard's Professional DJ Services is bringing over 25,000 songs! A huge selection with everything including rock, pop, country, oldies, rap, show tunes and more! Sing a karaoke tune and your name goes in a raffle for drawings for cash prizes. One song per person. Open to age 16 or older.
Doors open at 6:30pm.
We can't wait to see you!
Please spread the word about our event.

Drag BINGO Postponed

Hold on to your dabber, darlin! Due to circumstances beyond our control (red tape and whatnot), our Drag BINGO scheduled for June 9th has been postponed. We’ll make lots of noise when we have the new date set so you won’t miss out on all the fun. Thanks for understanding. And be a dear and tell the gang.

Support Diversity Richmond for Give OUT Day 2022!


Give OUT Day is a month-long fundraising campaign culminating on June 30, the only national day of giving for the LGBTQ community. Last year Give OUT Day raised over $1.9 million for LGBTQ nonprofits in all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Diversity Richmond helps to sustain LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ-friendly community-based organizations and nonprofits in and around Richmond, VA. Through these relationships and our programs we act as a facilitator in the community, connecting LGBTQ+ community members with vital resources. 

Diversity Richmond operates a retail store, Diversity Thrift, which is a foundational source of funding for our community programs. Donations of furniture, clothing, and household items help us to continue supporting and celebrating the local LGBTQ+ community. Simply put, we are a reflection of the community’s generosity and we couldn’t do what we do without you!

Here's how your monetary donation can help Diversity Richmond support the LGBTQ+ community: 

$10 provides three pairs of shoes for LGBTQ+ community members in need

$25 provides six articles of clothing for community members in need

$100 covers the rental of our classroom for a local support or recovery group

$250 covers the cost of 3-days of emergency housing for a community member experiencing homelessness

$500 covers gas for our Diversity Thrift trucks to pick-up community donations for two weeks

$1,500 allows a nonprofit or community group to use our event hall for free

$5,000 funds a local LGBTQ+ organization or project seeking assistance through our annual grant program, Diversity Richmond Gives Back

Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated! 

Diversity Richmond is hiring an Executive Director

Diversity Richmond is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to lead its organization. Diversity Richmond is a non-profit organization that provides support and services to the LGBTQIA+ community and their families in central Virginia and beyond.  Diversity Richmond envisions a region where the LGBTQIA+ citizens are treated with respect and dignity and their unique gifts are championed and celebrated, thereby strengthening our community.  We aspire to challenge systemic homophobia, transphobia and racism to foster and strengthen equality and social justice, to build a culture of equity and diversity.

The qualified candidate must possess a strong commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community and the advancement of inclusion initiatives. In addition, the qualified candidate must have outstanding leadership and managerial skills, the ability to build rapport and relationships using strong communication skills. The qualified candidate must have exceptional stewardship and strategic planning skills. 

The Executive Director will aid the organization in promoting our mission and objectives by maintaining positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders to achieve organizational goals. A minimum of 7 years human capital, human services, fiscal management and oversight, or equivalent experience working in the LGBTQIA+ community or non-profit organization is required. An advanced degree in business or related field is strongly preferred. Starting salary commensurate with education and experience.

Resumes should be submitted to Amy Williams, . Diversity Richmond is an equal opportunity employer.

James Millner Recognized by Richmond Region Tourism

Congratulations to VA Pride Program Director James Millner for his recognition by Richmond Region Tourism for his work helping make the Richmond Region a safer, more welcoming, and inclusive travel destination for LGBTQ people. For many years, James has not only helped secure tourism events but also has been instrumental in offering knowledge, support, and community connections within the LGBTQ+ space throughout the Richmond region. He even assists Richmond Region Tourism by hosting LGBTQ+ event planners and travel media during site visits. By continuing to position Virginia and the region as a place of inclusive excellence, James’ work enables the tourism industry to authentically welcome and partner with more industry leaders.
Pictured L to R: Jack Berry, President and CEO of Richmond Region Tourism, James Millner, Dan Schmitt, Board Chair and Jasmine Turner of NBC12.

Arthur D. Toth, Jr.

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you the news that our dear friend Art Toth passed away Sunday after a courageous battle with cancer. Art was a member of the Diversity Richmond Board of Directors, serving four years as chair. Memorial services will be private.

Donations in Art’s memory may be made to Bon Secours Hospice or Read more.

Delegate Dawn Adams honored Art on the floor of the House of Delegates. Watch


Our Dedicated Volunteers Helping Animals

Diversity Thrift volunteer linens coordinator Susie Wood doesn't let any of our donations go to waste. About a year ago, she enlisted the help of her friend Jowellyn Rakestraw to distribute our unusable linens to help area shelter animals. 

Jowellyn, a retired nurse, maintains our relationships with RACC, SPCA, Helping Hands, and Henrico Animal Shelter. Susie sets aside towels, throws, and blankets and gives them to Jowellyn who takes them home to sort, fold, bag, and drop off at shelters. These linens are used in cages for animals that have had medical treatments and need a soft spot while they recover.

We couldn't do all that we do without the help of our wonderful, dedicated volunteers. If you, your work group, or organization would like to volunteer with us, please use our volunteer application.

Pictured: Jowellyn Rakestraw and Susie Wood

Zakia McKensey and Karen Legato Recognized by YWCA

Congratulations to our past grant recipients Zakia McKensey and Karen Legato for their recognition by the YWCA! Zakia is the 2022 Outstanding Women Awards honoree in the Health & Science category. Karen is the 2022 Outstanding Women Awards honoree in the Nonprofit Leadership category.

The awards ceremony will be held on May 10th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Richmond Convention Center. Ticket info