Safe Zone educates members of the University community about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) issues to create a network of allies who, together with members of the LGBTQ community, work to create a community of safety and full inclusion for all its members. The University of Richmond has over 500 allies in this program.
Students looking for one-on-one support are encouraged to contact the Director of Common Ground, Glyn Hughes. Confidential private meetings are also available with staff of any of the following offices:
The Equality Alliance is a student organization dedicated to advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons at the University of Richmond School of Law and society at large. The Equality Alliance provides a forum for the discussion of legal, political, and social challengers facing LGBT individuals. Such challenges include prohibitions against same-sex marriage, hate crimes, and employment/educational discrimination. Through speaker programs and social events, the Equality Alliance serves to promote awareness of these challenges in the student body and create relationship between LGBT students and allies. Membership in the Equality Alliance is open to all individuals of all sexual orientations who are committed to advocating for LGBT persons.
The University of Richmond has several student organizations that focus on the LGBTQ Community. These groups are easy to connect with through our online portal, OrgSync. As a member of the University of Richmond community you can join any student organization by connecting with them through OrgSync. Please note that OrgSync provides users with privacy options that allow you to disclose which organizational affiliations are visible by the public.
ROSMY’s mission is to ensure equal opportunities for success for Virginia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth through access to support, education, and advocacy. ROSMY continues to be the only organization in the area that directly addresses the unique needs and the healthy social development of LGBTQ youth ages 11-20. It offers weekly youth support meetings, sensitivity training for professionals, educational resources, youth leadership initiatives, and a safe place where all youth are encouraged to value the diverse individuals who make our community a dynamic, exceptional place.
SONG is a home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the south. We build, sustain, and connect a southern regional base of LBGTQ people in order to transform the region through strategic projects and campaigns developed in response to the current conditions in our communities. SONG builds this movement through leadership development, intersectional analysis, and organizing. SONG is a regional organization with offices throughout the south, including one here in Richmond, Va.
The Virginia Anti-Violence Project works to address and end violence, with a specific focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities across Virginia. VA-AVP also runs a warm-line for LGBTQ survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., at (866) 356-6998.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, their families, friends and allies. PFLAG’s mission is to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals, along with their families and allies, by (1) providing support to those who need it, (2) educating family and communities regarding sexual orientation, gender identity and LGBT issues, and (3) advocating to end discrimination and advance equality for LGBT people. PFLAG celebrates the diversity and potential of all human beings and envisions a tolerant and peaceful society, where all are accepted for who they are.
Health Brigade provides medical treatment, health education and outreach, support services and advocacy for those in the Richmond area with limited access to care. We place special emphasis on welcoming the least served. Fan Free Clinic specifically works with people living with HIV/AIDS and the transgender community.
People of Faith for Equality in Virginia (POFEV) is an interfaith network of clergy and lay people who have been working together since 2006 for equality for LGBT Virginians.
Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE) is the oldest nonprofit organization committed to improving the lives of GLBT elders. SAGE is a program of the Gay Community Center of Richmond.
Diversity Richmond works to develop and help sustain organizations, programs and services that contribute to a vibrant Central Virginia community that shares our values of diversity, inclusion, individual dignity, equality and civic engagement.
GayRVA.com is Richmond, Virginia’s go-to source for news, entertainment, and information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community.
- The Advocate: LGBTQ News
- Audre Lorde Project
- Campus Pride
- Gay, Lesbian, Straight, and Education Network (GLSEN)
- Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
- International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
- National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC)
- National Center for Lesbian Rights
- Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
- Gay Men’s Health Crisis
- Lambda Legal
- National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
- National Gay & Lesbian Task Force
- National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
- PFLAG National
- Trans People of Color Coalition
Health Brigade offers basic medical care, as well as hormone replacement therapy, to all transgender people that qualify. To qualify, you must be able to meet the financial obligations and not have any medical insurance of any kind.
Richmond Transformers is a free peer-facilitated social and support group in the Richmond area for anyone on the transmasculine spectrum. “We are persons born or assigned female at birth who feel that this is an inaccurate or incomplete description of who we are today, including but not limited to, those who identify as FTM, transmen, genderqueer, butch, etc.” Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at Fan Free Clinic, 7-9 p.m., with every other meeting being open to advocates, allies, family, and friends. For more information call (804) 358-6343.
The James River Transgender Society is a support group based in Richmond, Va., that offers help and support for those in gender transition. Everyone is welcome to attend meetings. We encourage our members to bring family, friends, and even co-workers to the meetings.
Black Transmen Inc.® is the first national nonprofit organization of African-American transmen solely focused on acknowledgment, social advocacy, and empowering transmen with resources to aid in a healthy female to male transition. Black Transmen Inc. programs provide all female to male transmen and SLGBTQI individuals education and outreach in identity, culture, religion, family, health, wealth, careers, education, business, legal, community and youth services. Transgender Sensitivity Training is also available for employers, educators, and business organizations. Contact Charley Burton, BTMI Virginia State Chapter, at (855) BLK-TMEN or email@example.com for more information.
ROSMY offers a youth support group for any youth age 14 to 20 who is dealing with issues surrounding gender identity and/or gender expression. This group meets each Thursday evening, 6:30-8 p.m. at 2311 Westwood Ave. in Richmond. This group is free to attend.
He, She, Ze and We is a completely confidential Virginia support group for parents of children on the gender spectrum: transgender, gender non-conforming, gender variant, gender fluid, gender independent, gender creative, and genderqueer. They provide a safe place for parents to ask questions and share their stories, a safe space for an open conversation to begin amongst caring parents. Meetings are typically once a month, with occasional family get-togethers and featured guests related to the needs and wants of our community in the future. A parent may contact firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting times and locations.
The Virginia Transgender Referral and Resource List is the result of a collaboration between the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Transgender Taskforce, who compile a running list of resources for the trans community, including but not limited to: therapy, counseling, support groups, alternative medicine, and clinics. The Virginia Transgender Referral and Resource List is committed to providing contacts for trans communities, transitioning individuals and various identities on the gender spectrum. Contact Ted Heck with any questions at Ted.Heck@vdh.virginia.gov or (804) 864-8012.