Dear Friends:

I am honored and excited to have been elected as Board Chair of Diversity Richmond. I look forward to continuing to work together with Diversity’s Board of Directors during this critical moment in time as we support the Black Lives Matter Movement, confront police violence, anti-trans violence, LGBTQIA+ discrimination and a pandemic.

Diversity Richmond’s work is crucial to our community. I look forward to us doing the work together and making a continuing impact on LGBTQIA+ lives around Richmond VA and beyond.

Cheezi, Diversity Richmond Board Chair

Longtime activist, Luise “Cheezi” Farmer, was recently elected Board Chair of Diversity Richmond. Cheezie is the first African American to hold the position in the organization’s 21 year history.

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Robyn Bentley, Diversity Richmond Board Vice Chair

In one of his final television appearances, civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who marched in 1965 with voting rights protesters on “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama, shared his reaction to activists and protesters who marched across the country in the wake of George Floyd's death while in police custody.

"I said to myself, seeing like I've been down this road before, that I've been so moved and so inspired by hundreds and thousands of people — Black, white, Latino, Asian American, Native American, men, women, people of different backgrounds, from all over America and from around the world. It gives me hope that as a nation and as a people, we're going to get there, we're going to make it. We're going to survive and there will be no turning back."

We have a lot of work ahead of us. We also have a lot of people to do the work. And many more will be joining in. Together we are going to get there.

John Lewis passed away on Friday following a battle with cancer. He was 80.

 Young Michael

Michael Young, Diversity Richmond Treasurer

I was forwarded this by another ally recently – “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Hard to imagine we are still struggling with the same issues over 50 years later. It is time to recommit ourselves to treating each other with love and respect.