Our Vision

Virginia Pride seeks to unite the segmented LGBT communities throughout the Commonwealth.  We strive to be a representative body of the LGBT Community in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  We also seek to standardize Pride for the Commonwealth of Virginia by holding a state-wide Annual PrideFest Celebration.

Our Mission

At Virginia Pride, our mission is to be a vehicle for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender awareness, networking and education to reach the broader Commonwealth Community.  Through various methods, we seek to provide unique events designed to instill pride, celebrate unity and embrace diversity in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  We strive to improve the lives of LGBT Virginians by creating visibility and promoting full human and civil rights through education, networking and celebrations that advocate equality.

More about VA Pride!

Virginia Pride is...

  • A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources and an open and approachable forum for the LGBT Community.  A copy of our 501(c)(3) letter is available upon request.

  • The provider of community initiatives such as our VA Pride Scholarship Program and individual Workshops that educate and create awareness.

  • The host of the 2010 Prides of the South East (POSE) Conference in Richmond

  • The presenter of the George Michael "Buster" Zurik Community Commitment Award.

  • A leading force in the Central Virginia region for positive, fair-minded community progression and unity!

Making it Happen!

What does it take to run a successful non-profit LGBT organization in today's political climate?

What happens behind the scenes to launch our extremely popular Annual Pride Festival?

How does Virginia Pride continue to grow each year and have more and more impact on the Equal Rights Movement?

How do we make it happen? A dedicated board, commited staff of volunteers and leaders in the community such as yourself!

Meet The Board!

VA Pride Board of Directors:

Executive Board:

  • James Millner - President

  • Stephanie Brown- President-Elect

  • Alexsis Rodgers: Vice President

  • Nida Shah: Secretary

  • Maureen Scott: Treasurer

Board Members At-Large:

  • Jamie Thomson

  • Jon Melvin

  • Brandon Horton

  • Lori News

  • Robert Dvorak

  • Rich Forrester


Brief History

Virginia Pride was started by a group of loyal and active community members in the mid-70’s. The goal was to bring awareness of the community and to promote diversity while enabling unity among the Richmond LGBT community members. The organization struggled to gain momentum and mostly achieved a sense of presence by hosting the annual Pride celebration here in Richmond.

Over its lifespan, there have been many organizational shifts in order to accommodate an ever-changing community. We have had different names and members. The original organization was made up of mostly men, thus the events seemed skewed to the Gay male population.

In recent years, Virginia Pride has sought to incorporate more and more diversity of all kinds.  We have built a diverse coalition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Allied heterosexual representation, and we continue to equip ourselves with comprehensive knowledge and resources to successfully serve ALL of the LGBT community.

In 2008, we applied for and received our 501(c)(3) charitable status with the IRS, making contributions to Virginia Pride tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.