March 27, 2015

GLSEN Richmond announces the annual GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) at GCCR March 3rd

GLSEN Richmond announces the annual GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) Summit this Saturday, March 3 from 11 – 4:30 (registration starts at 10:30) at the Gay Community Center of Richmond in the Gallery area. This summit is for Student and teachers/sponsors who are involved in their GSAs, who want to start a GSA or just want to find out what the GSAs are all about. While focused toward the students, parents may also attend, but please contact if you want to attend. This is a FREE event and includes Lunch. Door prizes including an iPod Shuffle. Workshops include: Social Networking and your GSA, How to be a healthy teen, Healthy Relationships and Boundaries, Faith and the LGBT community, Transgender 101, Bayard Rustin: A Forgotten Hero. For more information or to register:, or call 804-901-1500. Registration is strongly encouraged so we make sure we have enough food. Please pass this along to students and teachers who you think might be interested.

Gina DeLuca to Headline Cindy’s Birthday Blues Bash

Saturday, March 3rd  |  8 pm  |  Small Event Hall  |  $10 in advance

Gina DeLuca will be headlining this year at Cindy Bray’s Second Annual Birthday Blues Bash.  Cindy can’t figure out a way she would rather celebrate her birthday than to have a blues concert and to raise money for GCCR and SAGE.  The concert is Saturday, March 3rd at 8 pm here at GCCR in the Small Event Hall, unless the response is so overwhelming that we have to move it to the big hall (wouldn’t that be wonderful!?).

Advance Tickets are $10 or $15 at the door – remember folks, you’re supporting a great cause as well as having a great time celebrating.  There will be finger foods and, of course, cake provided. Beverages will be available for a donation.  Proceeds will be split between GCCR and SAGE Central Virginia.  If you like the blues, you’ll love Gina! Listening to great blues is a great way to chase away those birthday blues. Read More…

2012 XIX International AIDS Conference held in Washington DC

The XIX International AIDS Conference will be in Washington DC this year, July 22-27. This is the first time in many years that it has been in the United States, due to Visa/Passport policies restricting travel for HIV positive persons that are now lifted.

The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward.

The AIDS 2012 programme will present new scientific knowledge and offer many opportunities for structured dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. A variety of session types – from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, bridging and plenary sessions – will meet the needs of various participants. Other related activities, including the Global Village, satellite meetings, exhibitions and affiliated independent events, will contribute to an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking.

For more details about the conference.

OWLS Discussion Group Reveals Topics for 2nd Qtr 2012

The OWLS Discussion Group Reveal Topics for Next 3 Months!

2011 was a growing year for us, and a common theme we heard was desire to learn more and get to know others better in the new year. Please come out and join in some great discussions in 2012. OWLS stands for “Older, Wiser Lesbians,” although all are welcome.

Topics for the 2nd Quarter of 2012 Include:

April 16th -Where have you found unexpected gifts in your own life? What have they added to your life?

May 21st -What journey do you hope to take in your life? What do you hope to find?

June 18th – Whats the theme song of your life … and why?

The OWLS discussion group will meet on the third Monday of the month to discuss topics of interest in the lounge from 7 to 8:30 pm. Are you an OWL? You decide! We are mostly over 40, and we hope that we are all a little wiser for it. We laugh a lot, talk about the topic and the conversation sometimes diverges into the stratosphere.

A message from our Board of Directors

Dear Friends,

We are writing to keep you informed about proposed changes at the Center. Our building at 1407 Sherwood Avenue has been put on the market. While we hope to sell the building, we are not changing our mission or retreating from our commitment to the LGBT community in Central Virginia.

As the Board of Directors of the Richmond Gay Community Foundation, Inc., the parent organization for Diversity Thrift and the Gay Community Center of Richmond, we have an obligation to be good stewards of the Foundation’s resources. The Board has decided that the facility is not central to our mission and that too much of our energy and resources currently is committed to its maintenance. Read More…

GCCR Announces Appointment of Bill Harrison as Interim CEO

GCCR announced today the appointment of Bill Harrison as the organization’s interim CEO. A freelance writer and nonprofit consultant, Harrison retired last March from the American Red Cross, Greater Richmond Region, as the Regional Director of Public and Government Affairs. He had served with the Red Cross for fifteen years. Prior to that, he was the first public information officer for the Virginia Department of Health’s Bureau of STD/AIDS. He also worked for several years with the Fan Free Clinic in development and community affairs.

“We are elated that we could snag Bill,” stated Beth Marschak, incoming GCCR Board Chair. “He is so well respected, has a wealth of nonprofit experience, is a bridge-builder and people person. His commitment to the community’s causes has been proven many times.”

“I was very humbled, but a bit conflicted when they approached me,” stated Harrison. “I took early retirement last spring and have loved my new life of writing. It is a decision I took very seriously as I wanted to make sure I could deliver what is needed as we strategize the Center’s future.”
“I had my questions, my concerns, and the board addressed all of them. We had very honest, direct conversations. I have complete confidence in their support and can’t wait to get to work,” he said.

Harrison’s affiliations include serving as Board Chair for the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities; Public Relations Society of America, Richmond Chapter; past board chair of the Downtown Neighborhood Association and past board member of the Virginia ACLU.

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