WRIC TV 8 interviewed Richmond Gay Community Foundation Director Bill Harrison. See clip below.
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The CVRP Leadership Cabinet met recently to brainstorm goals for the group. The committee will soon bring suggestions to the larger membership for consideration. Brad Kutner was elected Cabinet Chair.
Pictured are Beth Panilaitis, ROSMY; Roland Winston, GETEqual Virginia ; Keri Abrams, Fan Free Clinic; Brad Kutner, GAYRVA; Bill Harrison, Richmond Gay Community Foundation; Kevin Clay, Richmond Business Alliance; Tiara Davis, Equality Virginia; Michael Recant, First Unitarian Universalist Church; Jonathan Zur, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities; Chris Kopczynski, Metropolitan Community Church.
A coalition of Eight Progressive Organizations are hosting a Candidate Forum/Town Hall for candidates for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General on Wednesday, May 8 from 7 to 9:30 at the Gay Community Center. There will be a STRAW POLL at 9 pm.
All 14 candidates for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General were invited. Four candidates will participate.
For more information, contact GETEqual State Lead, Roland Winston, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Richmond Gay Community Foundation will host the opening of “Clocked Out” on Friday, May 10th, from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M at the GCCR Gallery (located at the Gay Community Center of Richmond,1407 Sherwood Ave). Following the opening, the exhibit may be viewed during normal Gallery hours, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Wednesday – Sunday.
The show is an exhibition of the work of five Foundation employees. All work at Diversity Thrift, a program of the Foundation. As artists, they struggle to balance their day jobs as truck drivers, cashiers and store managers with their passions to create. For them, the end of a work day signifies the beginning of something entirely new.
Stop by and see the fantastic works of local Richmond artists Shawn Saharko, Henry Winfiele, Kris Woodson, Darren Schledt, and Chris Page.
Local basketball coach and activist, Mayme Donahue, along with Richmond Gay Community Foundation Executive Director, Bill Harrison, were interviewed by NBC 12 about basketball star, Jason Collins announcing that he is gay.
Watch the video below!
Salem Acuña is a latino, queer organizer, currently on staff with Southerners on New Ground (SONG), a southern-regional, LGBTQ organization that works on racial and economic justice. Born in Santiago, Chile, he immigrated to the United States with his mom and younger brother at age seven. Raised in Arlington, Virginia by working-class, immigrant parents, he became politicized by both the daily struggles of immigrant life in the U.S., and by the ongoing political disarray in Washington.
Through working and loving with SONG, he has developed a strong passion for intersectional movement-building, with a focus on elevating the work and leadership of LGBTQ people of color and immigrant folks. In the last year, has worked with various social & racial justice groups in Virginia, including the Wayside Center for Popular Education, the Virginia People’s Assembly, Residents of Public Housing in Richmond Against Mass Evictions (RePHRAME), and the Virginia Anti-Violence Project.
Regionally, and through his work with SONG, Salem is a member of Project South and the Southern Movement Alliance, a coalition of southern-regional, racial justice organizations that have come together build and sustain a Southern Freedom Movement.
The Gay Community Center is proud to present “Color!” at the GCCR Gallery,1407 Sherwood Avenue, 23220. This exciting exhibit features seven local talented artists. The show runs through May 4th.
Our relationship with color affects our memories, emotions and the way we communicate. It has the power to draw metaphors from personal experiences. It is something so emotionally charged, yet so common we do not think how it affects us.
Artists give reverence to color throughout time. Paul Gauguin once said, “Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the l language of dreams.” Artists use color to draw symbolism just as a novelist would, using written language. Color has been an integral part of communication and without it a universal language would be lost.
Each chosen artist communicates, using color in a specified was according to him or her, however as a group they form a community conversing in the language of color. Each artwork vibrates off of the other, creating a visual conversation. The art expresses its own personality through its presentation of color. As a group they represent their diversity, individualism and the celebration of artistic variations in a community.
Special thanks to several members of the art community who spent a better part of a recent Sunday installing the exhibit!
Fan Free Clinic is seeking an HIV testing/prevention test counselor who will conduct outreach and educational activities and STD prevention to reach individuals at risk for HIV infection. Settings are varied such as community organizations, bars, college campuses, schools and health fairs, and FFC transgender clinic. The successful candidate will have knowledge of and be comfortable working with men who have sex with other men. The counselor will also be expected to work effectively with and supervise interns and volunteers.
At least 2 years of college required, Bachelor’s degree in health science, health education or related field preferred. HIV and AIDS knowledge preferred. Candidates must demonstrate oral and written communication skills. Computer skills are required and proficiency in Microsoft Office products preferred.
Employees must be able to work collaboratively with a variety of staff within the organization. FFC expects individuals to have a strong work ethic and commitment to our mission and values. Must be able to work in a team environment, as well as independently. Some evening and weekend work required. Successful candidate must possess skills that support and enable sound decision making. Fluency in Spanish a plus!
Knowledge and Skills
- Knowledge of HIV/AIDS
- Knowledge of the target populations
- Ability to communicate effectively
- Demonstrate strong organizational skills
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills
- Knowledge of community resources
- Ability to effectively use social media
- Ability to organize work, coordinate projects, set priorities, adhere to deadlines and follow-up on assignments with minimal direction
- Must have reliable personal transportation
Salary commensurate with experience
Fan Free Clinic is an Equal Opportunity Employer www.fanfreeclinic.org
To apply, email cover letter, resume’ and three professional references to email@example.com. Any resume’ sent without the accompanying cover letter or references will not be considered. No phone calls please. Application deadline : April 30.2013
The latest GCCR Newsletter is hot off the presses! Featured in this edition are a multitude of updates about happenings at the Community Center, announcements and updates on lots of local events, and LGBT news and events happening across the country. Click here to read the new issue.
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(From the Richmond Times-Dispatch) When she was growing up, homosexuality was “classified as a mental disorder,” said Dorothy Fillmore, Associate Director of Academic Operations at VCU and a major advocate for LGBTQ rights.
This month, the Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth is recognizing Fillmore for her work, which has impacted organizations across central Virginia.
“I am very overwhelmed by being placed on the same platform as The Valentine Richmond History Center and Congregation Beth Ahabah,” Fillmore said. “I’m honored.”
These two organizations — along with Fillmore — will be recognized for their work in the LGBTQ community at ROSMY’s 2013 Catalyst Award ceremony this month. Read more here >>
Airing Underwritten by Law Offices of Katie D. Fletcher, Esq.
”Edie and Thea: A Very Long Engagement,” a film about the couple whose relationship was an instigator in the present Supreme Court case of same-sex marriage, will air on Sunday, April 14th, 7:00 PM at Richmond Triangle Players, 1300 Altamont Avenue, Richmond, 23230. The event is being sponsored by SAGE, a program of the Richmond Gay Community Foundation. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
What began as two girls meeting at a party in New York in the 1960′s has become a major reason that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is now being debated by the Supreme Court of the United States.
After a 40-year engagement, Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer, were married in Canada in 2007. The couple resided in New York, a state that recognizes same-sex marriages from other localities. Two years later when Spyer died, Windsor was required to pay $363,000 in federal estate taxes on her inheritance from her life-partner. Federal law does not require different-sex marriages to pay such taxes.
The film is narrated by the couple while in their 70′s. They reminisce about their lives, their childhoods, how they met, their first vacation. The film has received numerous awards and won Best Documentary at Outfest in 2009.
Windsor noted in a recent statement that when she “met her partner nearly fifty years ago, they never dreamed their marriage would land before the Supreme Court as an example of why gay couples should be treated equally and not like second-class citizens,” noting that her now deceased life-partner would be proud, “The truth is I never expected any less from my country,” she added.
Following the movie, local attorney Katie D. Fletcher will discuss the Supreme Court case. The film showing is being underwritten by Law Offices of Katie D. Fletcher, Ltd. For more information, call 622-4646, ext. 20.
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