Black & Bold RVA Save the Date! February 28th

Black and Bold RVA

Save The Date! February 28th

Please save the date and register here to join Diversity Richmond for our 5th annual Black and Bold Awards to honor Black LGBTQ+ leadership throughout the Greater Richmond community on Sunday, February 28th at 6pm. The event will be held virtually in partnership with Radio One and will be streamed simultaneously on the iPower Richmond and Diversity Richmond Facebook pages. The honorees will be celebrated with in-person receptions in the future once deemed safe.

This year the event will virtually honor four community members by celebrating their achievements and advocacy throughout the Black LGBTQ+ community. “Even with the challenges of the pandemic, these honorees have persevered and shown exemplary leadership. We are thankful for their profound contributions,” said Diversity Richmond Program Coordinator Evan Smith (they/them). Former Deputy Director of Diversity Richmond and founder of the Black and Bold Awards, Rodney Lofton (he/him), will serve as the keynote speaker.

BBRVA Rodney Lofton

Keynote Speaker Rodney Lofton (he/him)

BBRVA Charleen Baylor

Honoree Charleen Baylor (she/her) has a 30-year history of community service and volunteering. She owns the local restaurant, Nutty Buttery, a staple in the Richmond community. Despite the financial challenges of the pandemic, Charleen continues to build community through her endeavors.

BBRVA Stephanie Merlo

Honoree Stephanie Merlo (she/her) is a military veteran and advocate. She is the President of VA Pride and the Richmond Chapter Leader of Minority Veterans Association of America. In June 2020, she led Stonewall Rising, a LGBTQ March for Black Lives. Her work also empowers sexual abuse survivors.

BBRVA Ernest Charles

Honoree Ernest Charles (he/him) is the MA Clinical Training Manager at Health Brigade. His work has been integral to ensuring COVID testing and healthcare have been more accessible for Black and Brown communities which have been disproportionately impacted.

BBRVA Destini Joseph-Barnette

Honoree Destini Joseph-Barnette (she/her) is a member of Advocates for Richmond Youth, which supports youth experiencing homelessness. Her anti-racist initiatives in the community continue to advance the opportunities for Black LGBTQ+ youth and promote trans-affirming shelter practices.

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Diversity Thrift donors made hundreds of masks possible

DT masks Jan 2021

Over the last few months, Diversity Thrift has donated fabric to countless folks making facial masks. One of those good people (thank you, Karen) dropped off a few samples of her handiwork for our staff. Pictured are Ava, Michael, Thomas and Andrew wearing their new COVID protections. This was made possible by our wonderful thrift donors. Again, we say thank you!

Holiday Food drive this Saturday!

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Please help us spread the word

Diversity Richmond stockings are overflowing with goodness and we need everyone to help us share the bounty. Our third food drive this year is Saturday, December 19, from 9:00 till 11:30 A.M. Folks will drive through our parking lot (Sherwood Avenue entrance) and have their car trunks filled with a week’s supply of groceries.

“The drive is open to everyone who is facing food needs,” stated Diversity Richmond Board Chair, Luise Farmer. “This has been a difficult year for everyone and Diversity Richmond wants to help.”

This could never be possible without the tremendous support of FeedMore. Once again, they are providing thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables along with frozen chickens and hams. Dovin Property Management, Diamonds Direct and Mongrel are also sponsoring the drive along with Diversity Richmond donors.

“We hope to help at least 500 families,” shared Farmer. Our past two drives have been very successful as we anticipate this one being.”

We will be accepting donations until December 17th. If you have any questions, contact Raul Cantu at or (804) 678-8138

Donate to the Food Drive

Thank you for supporting Twelve Days of Giving

12 Days Of Giving

BREAKTHRU BEVERAGE’s gift of $2,500 Put us over the top!

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Twelve Days of Giving campaign. Our sponsors, Lewis Insurance, Treehouse Realty and Wanda Fears made a $5,000 match possible. The donation from Breakthru Beverage of $2,500 bounced us over the top. Final numbers are being calculated, but because of our community, we succeeded. The funds will be used to continue the many needed programs of Diversity Richmond.

Breakthru Beverage

Your gift shopping can support Diversity Richmond Programs

Amazon Smile. You shop. Amazon gives.

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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Diversity Thrift is hiring for two positions!

DiversityThrift truck

Cashier

Shifts are 8:30-6, three days a week guaranteed.
- 2+ years cash handling experience
- Lift 20-30 pounds
- Excellent customer service skills
- Must be able to stand and walk for 8+ hours a day
- Thrive in a fast-paced environment. Pay starts at $11/hour

Donation Processing/Floor Associate

This position is in our warehouse. If you like to stay busy and have great customer service skills, this is for you!
Responsibilities:
- Assisting customers in loading and unloading donations
- Processing donations and trash efficiently
- Lifting and moving furniture 50+ pounds
- Keeping the store clean and safe
- Part time benefits include PTO. Pay starts at $11/hour

To apply please send your resume to
You can also drop in for more information or to apply

New Thrift Store Hours!
Tuesday - Sunday 9 am - 5 pm
Donations Daily
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Twelve Days of Giving Almost at Goal!

12 Days of Giving

Our annual end-of-the year campaign is a huge boost as we plan next year’s work. Thanks to our sponsors, we have a $5,000 challenge, meaning every dollar donated up to $5,000 will be matched. We are just about at 50% of that goal. Can you help us help our community?

Make a Donation

Bling it Out 3! Art Auction

Bling It Out 3

Online bidding Dec. 10th thru 17th

You're invited to Iridian Gallery's biannual fundraiser auction Bling it Out 3!
36 artists have been given access to select items from Diversity Thrift to transform into brilliant new pieces of art. This work will debut at Iridian on December 10th from 6-9pm and will be immediately available to bid on our Instagram account.

All bidding will take place from Thurs., Dec. 10th at 6pm until Thurs., Dec. 17th at 12 noon EST at www.instagram.com/iridiangallery. Winning bidders will be contacted to arrange payment. Artwork needs to be picked up in person Dec 19-20. If you'd like to inquire about shipping, please contact before bidding.

The gallery is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Please contact with any questions.

Introduction To Pilates

Introduction to Pilates

Wed., Dec. 9th 6:00 p.m.
Diversity Richmond Event Hall

Diversity Richmond and Niche Fit Studio are joining together to bring a Health and Wellness class to our Richmond community. This is the first of several planned classes throughout the year to bring us together safely.

In the intro class, you will learn correct form, alignment, modifications, terminology and more from certified instructors at Niche Pilates Studio.

There is a strict 25 person limit for the in-person class in our 13,000 square foot event hall - but it will also be streamed live on Twitch!

Register here

Free Virtual Movie Night

Movie Night youre invited

Thurs,. Dec. 17th
Time varies

Join Diversity Richmond on Thursday, December 17th for a free digital film screening of The Perfect Wedding.

Registration & Logistics: Guests to this event must register online. Guests will be emailed links to the film 30 minutes before 7pm and you will have until 11pm that evening to watch the content.

Film Synopsis: Paul (Eric Aragon), a charismatic recovering alcoholic, falls head over heels for Gavin (Jason T. Gaffney) over the Christmas holidays. Surrounded by a swirl of family drama and a complicated ex-boyfriend, Paul is living one day at a time – and beginning to plan … The Perfect Wedding!

Register here

The Perfect Wedding

Black And Bold Nominations Deadline Friday!

Black and Bold RVA

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

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, .

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