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Virginia Resources
LGBT Life Center

The LGBT Life Center represents the fusion of two distinct entities that have long played a central role in the lives of LGBTIQ persons and those affected by HIV/AIDS in Virginia, ACCESS AIDS Care and the LGBT Center of Hampton Roads. The LGBT Life Center, with a history of more than thirty years of community service and partnership in Virginia, offers numerous services to those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS as well as resources, programming, and information to LGBTIQ Virginians and allies.  

Common Ground - University of Richmond

Common Ground promotes a thriving, equitable, and fully-participatory University community deeply engaged with the broader social world.

Diversity Richmond
Diversity Richmond envisions a community where LGBTQ+ citizens are treated with respect and dignity, and their unique gifts are championed and celebrated, thereby strengthening our community.

Diversity Thrift
A thrift store in the heart of Richmond, benefiting the Richmond Gay Community Foundation and the Gay Community Center of Richmond. 

Harrington Park Press Open Access Resources
Harrington Park Press, a division of Columbia University Press, is launching the beta version of LGBTQ open Access.  They are providing access to selective new and recent open access peer reviewed articles and scholarly publications on a variety of topics including LGBTIQ aging, employment discrimination, Facebook, health care, law, and race and ethnicity. 

Old Dominion University - Gay Cultural Studies Department
Through grassroots fundraising and public awareness of issues germane to the diverse and vibrant LGBT community in Hampton Roads, the Old Dominion University Gay Cultural Studies Advisory Council is establishing a program, unique in Virginia's academic community, that focuses on the contributions, concerns, and challenges associated with LGBT culture. The Gay Cultural Studies program promotes academic research and provides graduate and undergraduate educational opportunities. Moreover, the Gay Cultural Studies program engages the local Hampton Roads LGBT community through ongoing dialogue and community involvement.

OutWire757 - Coastal Virginia's LGBTQ News and Lifestyle Magazine is the online news, entertainment, and lifestyle resource for the Hampton Roads' LGBTQ community.

Rainbow Richmond - LGBTQ History of Richmond, VA
Curated by Beth Marschak, this online exhibit is dedicated to chronicling and preserving LGBTIQ histories and experiences in Richmond, Virginia.

Side by Side
Side by Side, formerly the Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth, is dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia's LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish.

Southwest Virginia LGBTQ History Project
The Southwest Virginia LGBTQ History Project is a community-based history initiative committed to researching and telling the stories of LGBTQ+ individuals and organizations in our region.

University of Virginia - LGBTQ Student Services
The LGBTQ Center is a welcoming physical safe space and a programming center for the University of Virginia. Staffed fully by student volunteers, the center provides opportunities to learn about and engage with the community, as well as a lounge, work spaces, computer access, and a variety of free safe sex materials.

VCU - Office of Multicultural Student Affairs - LGBT Student Group

Virginia Commonwealth University - James Branch Cabell Library
National Resources
GLBT Historical Society - San Francisco

The GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States, located in the heart of the historic Castro District of San Francisco. The archives contain papers, photos, art and artifacts, ephemera and audiovisual recordings spanning a century of queer history.

Human Sexuality Collection - Cornell University Library

The Human Sexuality Collection seeks to preserve and make accessible primary sources that document historical shifts in the social construction of sexuality, with a focus on U.S. lesbian and gay history and the politics of pornography.

Mattachine Society of Washington, DC

The Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. conducts and funds archive activism — identifying, conserving and interpreting the LGBT historical record.

Comprehensive databases of documents, images, and narratives of LGBTIQ life in the U.S. OutHistory tells stories about the queer past, about people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. It uncovers histories of same-gender love and of gender crossing in the recent and distant past. 


A blog for all things queer at the University of Michigan.

Rainbow History Project

Through oral histories and collecting archival documents, this research project preserves and promotes an active knowledge of the history, arts and culture relevant to sexually diverse communities in metropolitan Washington, D.C.


Please note that this curated list of resources is not intended to reflect the entirety of available resources at the state or national level for queer persons, those living with HIV/AIDS, those affected by other forms of legal, social, or cultural discrimination, or any other persons who would benefit from such information. While the LGBTIQ Research Project has made every effort to ensure the current operation of the above hyperlinks and the propriety of their sources, the Project is not responsible for any errors or omissions the above may contain. The views or opinions expressed in the above do not necessarily reflect those of the Project, and the Project's references to such content do not and should not imply endorsement thereof.