The Gay Community Center of Richmond is a 47,000 square foot Community Center located in Richmond’s Northside for the use of Central Virginia’s LGBT community and supportive agencies and groups. The Gay Community Center of Richmond was founded in 1999 to provide support for the agencies and groups that serve Central Virginia’s sexual and gender minority people, and to educate the public about the many issues facing our community. In 2004, GCCR purchased our current facility and began renovations that culminated in April 2008 with the dedication of Virginia’s first community center serving the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
We operate our Center as a community asset, and grant or offer reduced rates for use of our facility to non-profits that support our mission. In 2010 over fifty groups used the Community Center, and thousands of people attended events at GCCR.
GCCR also makes financial grants and donations to other non-profits. Since 2000 we have given grants and donations totaling more than $600,000 to LGBT supportive organizations and groups.
We are the home of the Gay Community Center of Richmond Gallery, which is the first gallery in Virginia dedicated to showcasing LGBT artists and those who portray our community in a positive light.
Our website, GayRichmond.com, includes an events calendar, links to gay-friendly local businesses, information about other area non-profits, and news about what’s happening for the LGBT community at our center and around Richmond. GayRichmond.com is viewed by thousands of people each month.
GCCR was one of the founding members of the Central Virginia Rainbow Partnership, which seeks to improve collaboration and communication between Central Virginia LGBT organizations. The Central Virginia Rainbow Partnership now has over twenty-five member organizations.
GCCR keeps the LGBT community informed through our twice-monthly electronic newsletter, that contains updated information about local events and news of interest to our community.
GCCR is a leader in the effort to create a permanent and sustainable non-profit structure in Richmond dedicated to serving sexual and gender minority people and their allies. In March 2009, the GCCR Board of Directors received a strategic plan that calls for the creation of a permanent Program Committee to research and develop an expanded series of offerings, in association with other established community service agencies and groups.
GCCR is also an endowment for the community. Our facility was purchased and renovated and will be expanded through the generous support of hundreds of community activists, visionary corporate supporters and foundations that recognize the important role our community plays in Central Virginia’s life and culture. We are located at 1407 Sherwood Avenue (off Hermitage Road behind the Diamond, or off Brook Road behind Children’s Hospital).
The Gay Community Center of Richmond is the home for our community. Our safe and welcoming facility and the exciting programs we offer and host make Central Virginia a better place to live for all fair minded people. Join us. Come home.