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Digital Subscriptions > Curve > Aug/Sep2017 > Richmond Is for Lesbian Lovers

Richmond Is for Lesbian Lovers

This hip Virginia city is on our side.
Diversity Richmond, LGBTQ organization

Richmond isn’t foolin’ around. This Virginia city of some 220,000—about 1.2 million in the metro area—has recently embraced the LGBT community more warmly than just about anyplace else in the South. Already home to a crackerjack Pride Fest ( held in September, when the weather has cooled down and college students from schools like Virginia Commonwealth University are back in town, Richmond began pushing hard for gay tourist dollars back in 2014. That’s when Richmond Region Tourism and its community partners debuted OutRVA (, an initiative designed to welcome LGBT travelers with open arms into the former capital of the Confederacy.

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This is our Love issue, and inside we celebrate many formal expressions of love and commitment from diverse couples in different locations. We also remind readers to safeguard their health—sexual, psychological, and physical—which still needs to be maintained even within a committed relationship. Love isn’t as random as Cupid’s arrow. Getting it and keeping it need to be worked at. Decades of activism and visibility gave us the right to formalize our romantic unions—and vigilance will give us the right keep it.