Image from Bruce Garnett’s Facebook profile. May 9th, 2017 The Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP) has learned that 67-year-old Chesterfield, VA resident, Bruce Garnett, was found stabbed to death in his home on April 21st, 2017. Bruce, a gay man and early advocate in Virginia for gay rights, had been dead for several weeks when he was found by the Chesterfield Police. The Virginia Anti-Violence Project would like to express its sincere condolences to Bruce’s family, friends, and community. VAVP is deeply saddened to hear of another homicide of someone who identifies within a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community in Virginia. ‘Older adults, specifically LGBTQ+ older adults, are particularly vulnerable to both isolation and abuse/violence. All of VAVP’s services are welcoming and accessible to LGBTQ+ adults over 50. This includes ...





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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: bitly.com/VAVPvolunteer 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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