March 30, 2015

Serpentine Society’s 13th Annual Fall Weekend: Serpentine 2.0 | The Next Turn

UVa alumni are invited to join the Serpentine Society for a full weekend of events, beginning with a social on Friday evening, November 4th and ending with a presentation on Sunday, November 6th for LGBTQI and ally alumni, students, faculty, and staff of the University of Virginia. The highlight of the weekend is the Awards Dinner and Gala on Saturday evening at Alumni Hall where we will recognize Michael Guest, former US to Romania and Julian Bond, former Chair of the NAACP and current Professor in the History Department at UVa.

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Marc Adams of Heartstrong To Speak at GCCR

Saturday, November 12th  |  5:00 pm  |  GCCR Event Hall  |  Free and open to the public

Marc Adams of Heartstrong will speak at GCCR on Saturday, November 12th at 5:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE: This is a new date and time. HeartStrong is a non-sectarian organization reaching out to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students from religious educational institutions.

Imagine being the gay son of a fundamentalist Baptist preacher. Imagine being gay and attending a very conservative Christian elementary and secondary school and attending Liberty University. That was Marc Adams and he brings his story to the work he does every day with Heartstrong. Marc tells his story with humor and candor and brings his passion to his life-saving work. You will not find another place solely for students from religious educational institutions who are struggling with feeling that they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Read More…

Workshop on Gay Spirituality

Have you, as a gay man, avoided your spirit because of abusive religion? Would you like a safe place to talk about what it means to be spiritual and gay? Come discover and explore your own spiritual path with GaySpirits.

David Hoover, M Div, LCSW is a nationally known trainer and facilitator and a gay man. He and his team have created a gay friendly, confidential space for gay men to embrace themselves as spiritual beings. GaySpirits is a Friday and Saturday weekend retreat that helps gay men reconcile their God with their gay selves. The next retreat will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 11th and 12th at the Holy Comforter Episcopal Church on Monument Avenue. Read More…

Bake Sale to Benefit GCCR and Heartstrong

Saturday, November 12th   |   2:30 – 7 pm   |   GCCR Classroom   |   Free

Award-winning cake artist Rod Gambassi’s gourmet cookies, brownies and other baked items will be on sale in the GCCR Classroom on Saturday, November 12 from 2:30 – 7 pm to raise funds for GCCR and HeartStrong. Bake sale items may be pre-ordered for pick up from Iced Bakery’s website.

Rod’s red velvet white chocolate brownies, his gourmet cookies including Hazelnut Nutella Sandwiches, Lemon Rosemary Shortbread, Ginger Pecan Dulce de leche Sandwiches, Pistachio Caramel Sandwiches and our Pumpkin Walnut Chunk vegan cookies will all be available.

See pictures of the yummy baked goods and pre-order items at Iced Bakery’s website.

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity across the Life-Course

Tuesday, October 11th  |   7 – 9 pm | St. Andrew’s School, Auditorium  |  Free

The 2011 Hans S. Falck lecture on Social Responsibility presented by William Byrd Community House will be on the topic of “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity across the Life-course.”

Elizabeth “Liz” Cramer, Ph.D., LSCW, ACSW – VCU School of Social Work
Patricia Sauls, B.A, – Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth (ROSMY)
Shannon Marling, CTRS, MSG – Service & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
Hermelinda Cortes – Southerners On New Ground (SONG) Read More…

Second Fridays Happy Hour at 2300 Club

Friday, October 14th  |  6 – 9 pm  |  2300 Club  |  Free and open to the public

Join GCCR at our monthly Happy Hour at the haunted 2300 Club on Church Hill on Friday, October 14th from 6 – 9 pm. The club will be concocting a Halloween themed potion or two, and the club’s resident ghost might just make an appearance.

Our monthly Happy Hour is free and open to the public, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Gay Community Center of Richmond. Please join us and invite friends — the more, the scarier!

RSVP and invite people on our Facebook event page.

Community Candidate’s Forum

Monday, October 17th   |   6:30 pm   |    GCCR Event Hall   |     Free

This November’s elections will decide who will represent you. Don’t miss our Community Candidates Forum and ask the candidates where they stand on critical issues facing our communities such as health, equality, the environment, immigration and justice.

The forum is free and open to the public. Invited to attend are candidates for the Virginia Senate and House, Chesterfield County Supervisor, School Board, Commissioner of Revenue, Sheriff, Soil and Water District, and Treasurer …. Read More…

Alzheimers Information Series

Tuesday, Oct 18th  |  7 – 8 pm  |  GCCR Classroom  |  Free

Join SAGE Central Virginia and the Alzheimers Association of Virginia to find out more about the range of Dementia Disorders and their warning signs. There will also be a workshop on developing a care team for yourself or a loved one if you are dealing with a Dementia Disorder.

These workshops will be held at the Gay Community Center of Richmond in our classroom. These workshops are FREE and open to the public. If you have ever had questions about Alzheimers or other Dementia disorders, come find out more.

Oct 18th from 7 – 8 pm — Understanding Dementia Diseases and the Warning Signs
Nov 15th from 7 – 8 pm — Building Your Team of Care: Navigating through Family Relationships

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SAGE Central Virginia’s Speaker Series on Financial Planning

Sunday October 23rd  |  2 – 4 pm  |  GCCR Classroom  |  Free and open to the public

October’s SAGE Speaker Series is on the topic of Financial Planning, featuring Sharon Talarico of ING Financial Services, GCCR Board member Crystal Suber of Met Life and Ann Dunnburg of Select Financial Partners. Come find out more about ways to protect your financial future as an individual or as a LGBT couple. Bring your questions and learn how to protect and grow your assets.

The event is free and open to the public. Register by calling Stephanie Smith at 622-4646, ext 23 or by email at

“Signs of Progress” Panel Discussion on Richmond’s Billboard Project

Tuesday, October 25   |    6 – 9 pm   |   VCU Monroe Park Student Commons Theatre   |   Free

In the 1980’s, LGBT organizations founded in the 60’s and 70’s, in the wake of Stonewall, moved out of the public spotlight. This shift was, in part, the result of a more conservative national political climate, but it also stemmed from the rise of the AIDS epidemic, which began to absorb much of the LGBT community’s personal and political energy. It was in this climate of despair that the Billboard Project was conceived. Many continued to believe that if more people became aware that they knew gay people personally, they would find it harder to hate and discriminate against them. In 1987 a small group of Richmond activists came together to spread a message of understanding and compassion. They commissioned billboards bearing the message “Someone You Know Is Gay… Maybe Someone You Love.”    Read More…

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