The Virginia Anti-Violence Project has been made aware of a reported anti-LGBTQ+ vandalism incident that occurred in Richmond, Virginia on October 31st, 2017. According to the Richmond Times Dispatch, someone with white spray paint tagged the side of a vehicle with an anti-gay message between 9:30 and 10 p.m. in the city’s North Highland Park neighborhood. VAVP is deeply saddened to hear of this incident of hate/bias-motivated violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. While there is still an active investigation happening into this case as an incident of hate/bias-motivated violence, VAVP knows that perceived and actual gender identity and sexual orientation often play a role in escalating harassment and violence against LGBTQ+-identified individuals. The Virginia Anti-Violence Project stands in solidarity with the victim and diverse members of LGBTQ+ communities that have been impacted by this incident and other acts of hate/bias motivated violence and ...

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  • Join VAVP's Community Engagement Team // Únete a nuestro equipo de comunidad

    The Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP) is deep in the process of creating our Community Engagement/Volunteer Program. From community outreach to art projects to paper pushing to LGBTQ+ peer counseling and support, we have been hard at work developing a community engagement/volunteer program that both reflects VAVP’s values and provides meaningful opportunities for community members to plug into the work of VAVP. If you are interested and wanna come have fun with us, there are three orientation sessions this spring for you to choose from: Friday, April 7th, 6pm-9pm, Saturday, April 22 from 12pm-3pm, and Saturday, May 2 from 12pm-3pm. These sessions are open to anyone and you only need to participate in one of them to get started with us. Sign up here: Scroll to bottom of page for shareable social media graphic (see below). ************************* El Proyecto Contra la Violencia de Virginia (VAVP, ...
  • NERVE: Stories of Queer Resilience 2017

    TheatreLAB and Richmond Triangle Players are once again partnering with Virginia Anti-Violence Project to help tell powerful stories of the LGBTQ+ community. These stories of resilience and strength have been collected over the past year and are being crafted into an original piece of theatre by an ensemble of actors and writers. The piece, NERVE: Stories of Queer Resilience, is led in concept and creation by Melissa Rayford, and will be performed on January 15th and 22nd at Richmond Triangle Players as a benefit for the Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP). From Stacie Vecchietti, Director of Virginia Anti-Violence Project​: “VAVP has been doing anti-violence work in diverse LGBTQ communities for years, but over the past several months, our work has taken on a particular urgency. We know that incidents of hate and bias motivated harassment and violence, specifically, have been on the rise since ...

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