April 16, 2014

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HIV medication panel discussion to be held Wednesday

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“Women loving Women, What’s In A Name?” dialogue continues due to overwhelming response.

womenlovingwomenThe energy from the first discussion is spilling over.  Come and continue the discussion and bring a friend.  Open to all women including bi-sexual women, womanists, transgender women, queer, same gender loving women, questioning women, gay women, dykes, lesbians and lesbian feminists.

Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 7-8:30 at the Dumbarton Library at 6800 Staples Mill Road (near Glenside Avenue). For more information go to Facebook page of Richmond Lesbian-Feminist and use the message feature.

 

LATEST GCCR NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE

Click HERE to read the latest edition of the GCCR Newsletter. Please note the corrected April calendar of events for Richmond SAGE.

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In Richmond, Jewish Family Services, gay foundation promote LGBT adoption

(From the Richmond Times-Dispatch) The Augusta County couple purchased a home, settled down and prepared to start a family.

“Pretty much … for as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted kids,” Matthew Cline-Taskey said.

For Matthew and Brandon Cline-Taskey of Verona, a suburb of Staunton, that meant adoption. Needing a home study to launch the process, they contacted various agencies.

“Unfortunately, we kept getting shut out,” Matt recalled.

Matt, 35, a hospital employee, and Brandon, 32, a bursar at James Madison University, had a commitment ceremony in 2003. But Virginia does not recognize same-sex marriage, and only married couples or single individuals can legally adopt.

Their situation eventually led them to Jewish Family Services in Richmond.

“They didn’t care that we were a gay couple; they didn’t care that we would be adopting legally as a single parent,” he said. “It seemed like all they cared about was there were children out there who needed loving homes, so let’s make it happen.” READ MORE HERE >>

EV ANNOUNCES EQUALITY SUMMIT AND ANNUAL COMMONWEALTH DINNER

April is shaping up to be an exciting month!  We have two fun and meaningful ways you can participate in the process of creating change in Virginia – by participating in the 2014 Equality Summit and by joining Equality Virginia at our 11th Annual Commonwealth Dinner!


2014 Equality Summit

We have teamed up with the ACLU of Virginia and additional sponsors to bring you the 2014 Equality Summit on April 5. Please join us to discuss issues – including marriage, workplace non-discrimination, and the use of religion to discriminate – facing LGBT Virginians, and to learn effective ways we can come together to make Virginia a more welcoming place to live. Click here for more information and to sign up today!

 

11th Annual Commonwealth Dinner

The second way to get involved is to join us for our annual Commonwealth Dinner on the evening of April 5, where we will celebrate EV’s 25th Anniversary!  This is a fantastic opportunity to mingle with supporters of the LGBT equality movement, meet new friends, enjoy class act entertainment by special guest Laverne Cox, honor the 2014′s OUTstanding Virginians, and dance the night away, all while supporting EV’s largest fundraiser of the year!

Less than 50 general admission tickets remain available – don’t delay – purchase your tickets today!

ROSMY To Offer Free Suicide Prevention Training for Human Service Providers

ROSMYROSMY’s Institute for Equality will be presenting a free training for all human service providers who work with youth:

 
Suicide Prevention Among LGBTQ Youth
March 25, 2014, 3-5 pm
2311 Westwood Ave – Richmond, VA 23230

Studies have shown that LGBTQ youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.  This training is designed to give service providers an understanding of the unique risk and protective factors that relate to LGBTQ youth and suicide.  It will also cover how to assess your organization’s cultural competence with LGBTQ youth and plan next steps for reducing suicidal behavior among the LGBTQ youth that you serve.

To RSVP, please email charles.dyson@rosmy.org

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR NCAVP’S WEBINAR: SHELTER ACCESS FOR LGBTQ SURVIVORS

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 10.43.04 PMThe National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs’ (NCAVP) National Training and Technical Assistance Center invites you to our series of webinars on supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) survivors of violence.

LGBTQ survivors, particularly gay men and transgender survivors, face many challenges in accessing safe shelter when fleeing from abuse.  Many domestic violence programs were not designed to shelter LGBTQ survivors, so there is a lack of accessible housing options for these survivors across the country.  However, there are LGBTQ-inclusive domestic violence shelters and housing programs which have transformed to shelter LGBTQ survivors.  This webinar will highlight a successful model of an LGBTQ-inclusive shelter program and describe the process the program went through to begin housing LGBTQ survivors.  Upon completing this webinar, participants will be able to confront common fears and beliefs which prevent programs from housing LGBTQ survivors, identify and implement concrete strategies to transform their shelter programs to include LGBTQ survivors, and assess their program’s current feasibility to house LGBTQ survivors.

Join presenters Susan Chorley, Executive Director at Renewal House, and Chai Jindasurat, Co-Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project, for Shelter Access for LGBTQ Survivors.

REGISTER HERE

Register early as space is limited. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

2014 EQUALITY SUMMIT TO BE HELD APRIL 5

Equality Virginia and our coalition partners are pleased to bring you the 2014 Equality Summit, to be held on April 5, 2014. Join us to discuss pressing issues — including marriage equality, workplace non-discrimination, and the use of religion to discriminate –  facing Virginia’s LGBT community, and how we can join together to bring real change to the Commonwealth!

Contact Frank Knaack with questions at fknaack@acluva.org.

RICHMOND GAY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION RESPONDS TO NOMINATION OF RICHMOND MAYOR FOR STATE PARTY POST

(From the Richmond Times-Dispatch) In an attempt to win over skeptics criticizing him for his position on same-sex marriage, Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones talked to both Democratic caucuses at the state Capitol on Wednesday, making his case for an inclusive chairmanship of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

After speaking to the Senate caucus, Jones did not clarify his views on gay marriage.

“I’m over here to speak to the caucuses about the chairmanship of the Democratic Party,” Jones said. “We talked, and we had a very good back and forwards conversation,” he said, when asked about the opposition from some in his party since it became known last week that he is Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s pick for the party’s new chairman.

Read more here >>

LGBT AUTHOR MEET AND GREET TO BE HELD MARCH 6th

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RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH TARGET OF SICK ACT BECAUSE OF SAME SEX MARRIAGE SUPPORT

Click HERE and see how the Richmond Times Dispatch editorial page was targeted because of its support of same sex marriage.

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