LGBT Cities: Richmond, Virginia

Attention LGBT groups: Richmond, Virginia, really wants you—and your business—to come visit. In 2014, Richmond Region Tourism launched a major marketing effort to draw LGBT tourists and business groups to the city spurred by social media and a new website, OutRVA. “OutRVA partners are ready and willing to work with LGBT groups meeting in Richmond to create custom packages and experiences,” says Katherine O’Donnell, the group’s vice president of community relations. Getting to town is straightforward, whether by car (I-95 and I-64), air (200 nonstop flights daily at Richmond International Airport) or Amtrak. Once there, LGBT attendees will find ample accommodations (18,000 area guest rooms). Many LGBT-friendly properties are among them, ranging from large (the 250-room Hilton Richmond Downtown, with 15,000 square feet of event space) to small (downtown’s historic 70-room Linden Row Inn). Must-browse stops include architecture-rich Monument Avenue and Carytown, nine blocks of locally owned, gay-friendly shops and restaurants featuring a great nightlife scene. Need a CSR tie-in? Reach out to ROSMY, a nonprofit helping Virginia’s LGBT youth achieve success through access to support, education and advocacy.

BEEN THERE* Virginia Transgender Information and Empowerment Summit (2015) Campus Pride College Sports Summit (2014) CenterLink, The Community of LGBT Centers Leadership Summit (2012)

DONE THAT** Dominion Riverrock (May) PrideFest (September) > Pride Days at Kings Dominion (September) 2nd Street Festival (October) Richmond Folk Festival (October)

*Been There is a list of LGBT-friendly events held in this city in recent years. **Done That is a list of annual events put on by the community with LGBT-friendly components or all-inclusive elements and attendees.

Photo credit: Heaton Johnson

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