May 24 is Pansexual Visibility Day. So what exactly is a pansexual? Pansexuals are individuals who are sexually, romantically, and emotionally attracted to other individuals regardless of their biological sex, gender, or gender identity. Pansexuality is slightly different from standard bisexuality. Bisexuals are attracted to both men and women. Pansexual folks are open to relationships with people who do not strictly identify as male or female. Pansexual attraction includes attraction to cisgender, transgender, intersex, gender-fluid, and androgynous people.
Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia a 501(c)(3) nonprofit run by a majority of transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people who are all volunteers.
Roles in the Organization:
Board Member, Treasurer, Emergency Requests
What do you do and how does it benefit the local community?
The mission of TAPVA is to help homeless transgender people help themselves. We offer emergency housing, emergency food, and resources such as connections to sustainable housing programs, to physical and mental health care, and to support groups just to name a few.
May 22 is Harvey Milk Day. The day is organized by the Harvey Milk Foundation to remember and celebrate the 1970s gay activist, Harvey Milk.
In 1977, Harvey Milk became San Francisco's first openly gay elected official, as a member of the city's board of supervisors. Milk considered invisibility and the emotional trauma that keep gay people closeted to be our worst foes. He urged gay people to "Break down those closet doors, and to stand up and start to fight." As a supervisor, Milk sponsored two laws one barring anti-gay discrimination and another forcing dog owners to clean up their dogs mess. Milk stood out publicly against Anita Bryant's "Save the Children" from homosexuals campaign and the 1978 California Briggs Initiative -- a bill that would prevent gay and lesbian people from teaching in public schools.
The 13th Annual May Moon Beltane Festival was held this past weekend, May 4-6, 2018 at the Williams Field at Mariner’s Museum Park. What makes this year’s festival bittersweet is that this was the last May Moon to be held at this location. The host of the festival, Mystic Moon of Norfolk, is seeking a new location for the festival for next year. The very first May Moon was held at the park in 2006 and it has returned annually ever since.
Slover Public Library in Norfolk is set to hold its 3rd Annual LGBT Film Festival this coming weekend, May 5 and 6, 2018. The event is co-sponsored by Hampton Roads Pride, PFLAG, the LGBT Life Center, and Naro Video. This year’s films are: 52 Tuesdays at 1pm on Saturday and Holding the Man at 4pm on Saturday. Princess Cyd at 12:30pm on Sunday and Gods and Monsters at 2:30pm on Sunday. All showings will be on the sixth floor in rooms 640 and 650.
Mystic Moon of Norfolk is all set to hold their annual May Moon Festival this upcoming weekend, May 4-6, 2018. The event will be held at Williams Field at the Mariner’s Museum Park in Newport News. The festival celebrates Beltane - one of eight Pagan sabbats (seasonal observances and festivals) that make up the Pagan Wheel of the Year. Beltane is a celebration of spring, fertility, and sexuality. The festival coincides with May Day which is a secularized version of the holiday.
The 15th Annual Dining Out for Life will be held this Thursday, April 26, 2018. Dining Out for Life is an annual fundraiser for the LGBT Life Center (formerly Access AIDS Care) and 60 other HIV/AIDS organizations in nearly 50 other cities across the U.S. and Canada. Money raised goes to help support HIV / AIDS services. Dining Out for Life was founded in Philadelphia in1991 by Action Wellness (formerly ActionAIDS).
Alternatives HR held our Love Blossoms Masquerade Ball on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Hershee Bar in Norfolk. The masquerade was co-sponsored by the Hershee Bar and Aries Apothecary. The event featured a DJ, silent auction, a cash bar, and a masquerade costume contest. All “alternative” people and relationships were welcome including LGBTQ folks, Pagans, Poly folks, and fetish communities. Money raised will go toward funding the 2nd annual Alternative Pride Picnic to be held July 7 at the picnic shelter at First Landing State Park.
The weekend of March 23-25, 2018, Hampton Roads Pagan Men held its annual Brotherhood by the Bog men’s cabin retreat at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. This year’s theme was “Lost Boys and Neverlands: Creating Magickal Connections in a Mundane World.” This year’s guest presenter was Eric Eldritch – a Radical Faerie, Urban Shaman, and Stone Circle Wicca Priest, who lives at the intersection of Sexuality and Spirituality.
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