March 6, 2015

SAGE Speakers Series: ” Abuse & Neglect: Recognition and Response”

Interested in learning how to recognize and respond to domestic abuse in older adults, particularly LGBT older adults? The Central Virginia chapter of SAGE is hosting a talk on the topic “Abuse & Neglect: Recognition and Response” in the GCCR Classroom on Sunday, February 27th from 2 – 4 pm.

Despite advances in LGBT civil rights, many older adult care providers never stop to consider that their older clients may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) – and even those who do may not know how to provide services in culturally-sensitive ways. As a result, LGBT older adults often avoid seeking needed services out of fear of discrimination. Read More…

Gaye Adegbalola in concert to celebrate Cindy Bray’s Birthday!

Come on out and help Cindy Bray celebrate her birthday with one of her FAVORITE performers! Gaye Adegbabalola will be at GCCR in a rare solo performance on Saturday, March 5th at 8:00 pm. Doors open at 7:00

Tickets are $5 in advance, available at Diversity Thrift and DT2. Tickets can also be purchased online for an additional $1 service fee.. Tickets will be $10 at the door. Come out have some cake, some beverages and great blues, all while supporting GCCR. Contact Cindy Bray at with questions.

Watch Gaye perform “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” on YouTube.

Panel Discussion — Keeping LGBTQ Youth Safe: Stop Bullying and Harassment

The Gay Community Center of Richmond (GCCR) and the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Richmond Chapter are sponsoring a panel discussion with information about how the community can get involved to help keep lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth in the Central Virginia Region safe from Bullying and Harassment. The forum will be held on Saturday, March 5 from 5 pm – 7 pm in the GCCR Event Hall.

Keeping LGBTQ Youth Safe:  Stop Bullying and Harassment will be an opportunity for local youth to share their stories and for interested adults to learn more about local organizations whose focus areas include LGBTQ youth.  In addition to GCCR and GLSEN Richmond a number of other organizations have been invited to participate on the panel or set up an information table.  Read More…

Partnership to Improve LGBT Healthcare Access in Central Virginia

The Richmond Business Alliance (RBA) and Fan Free Clinic (FFC) are partnering to develop a comprehensive directory of medical service providers sensitive to the needs of the LGBT community. Karen Legato, Executive Director of the Fan Free Clinic  cites the need for access to care.

“LGBT persons often contact Fan Free Clinic seeking to find a medical provider in the community that is non-judgmental and welcoming. Unfortunately, we are unable to confidently recommend any medical providers outside of those specializing in the treatment of HIV,” Legato says. Read More…

Annual Witness for Marriage Equality

A Witness for Marriage Equality was held at the John Marshall Courts building where the Richmond City Marriage Licensing office is located on Monday, February 14th. This rally gave couples the opportunity to go into the marriage bureau and attempt to get a marriage license. Six couples attempted to get licenses this year and were again denied. Several media outlets covered the rally. You can see pictures at

The event was co-sponsored by GCCR, MCC Richmond and People of Faith for Equality in Virginia.

LGBT Grief and Loss Group Starting

Have you or someone you know suffered the loss of a partner, parent, child, friend or other loved one? Do you need to talk about it in a LGBT friendly environment?

A new LGBT grief and loss group, co-sponsored by the Bon Secours Hospice and Bereavement Counseling, will meet weekly from 6:30 pm – 8 pm on Tuesday evenings from March 1 – April 26.

If you are interested in attending or need more information, please contact Megan Stucke for details at 804-627-5360. Space is limited, so if you want to participate, please contact Megan as soon as possible.

Paid Internship Opportunity for Graduate Student

GCCR is seeking graduate students who are interested in applying for a program to become a paid intern. The R. Scott Hitt Foundation is offering funding for qualified candidates with the vision to be future leaders in the LGBT movement. GCCR could receive funding to compensate an intern for a 7 – 9 month program if your application is accepted.
The Internship in Leadership Development will identify and support the next generation of leaders committed to protecting and advancing LGBT equality. Click here to read the complete details. Contact Gregg Johnson at if you’re interested in applying.

Jason and DeMarco Appearing Live at GCCR!

LIVE appearance by Jason & deMarco featuring hits from their newest album “Safe” in the GCCR Event Hall on Sunday, February 13th 2011 at 6:00 PM. Doors open at 5:00 Tickets are $15 in advance and are available for sale now at GCCR. They can be purchased online by clicking here. You can also contact Cindy Bray at or call 804-380-0904, or Stephanie Smith at or call 804-497-0966 for tickets and more information.

Watch Jason and deMarco on YouTube here, here and here. Read More…

2nd Annual Love Equality Style Dance

Great music, dancing, a silent auction, and Love Equality Style items will be available at the Love Equality Style Dance on Saturday, February 12th from 8 – 11 pm. Food and alcohol available at the concession!

Happening at the Gay Community Center of Richmond Event Hall, 1407 Sherwood Avenue. Tickets are $10 per person.

Tickets available for sale at GCCR, or online. Contact Cindy Bray at, or Stephanie Smith at or call 804-497-0966 for tickets and information. Co-sponsored by MCC Richmond and the Gay Community Center of Richmond.

VCU Scholar Seeks Vietnam Era Letters

VCU student Emmett Hickam writes: I am a history scholar at Virginia Commonwealth University and I am currently undertaking a scholarly research project on letters to and from soldiers during the Vietnam War as well as any other personal correspondence including personal diaries, etc. This is America’s forgotten war and with this research I hope to explore the inner thoughts of the normal soldier and their families. As you may recall, this war was a war that most Americans did not understand, or care to for that matter, and my hope is that this correspondence will show the frustration as they cuss our government, lose relationships because of it and lose family members due to death. Read More…

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