Families Belong Together Rallies this Saturday

Families Belong TogetherWhile many will be celebrating LGBTQ Pride this Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the Hampton Roads PrideFest in Norfolk, others will be out protesting the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents when they cross the U.S.-Mexican border.  Why not do both? Many of the rallies are early in the day and PrideFest goes on until 7pm.

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Dining Out for Life is April 26, 2018

Dining Out for Life 2018The 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).

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Love Blossoms in the Spring

Contest Winners
Masquerade Contest Winners

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. 

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Food Drive for Florida Hurricane Irma Victims

Local Pagan, New Age, and other alternative spiritual shops are coordinating a food drive to help victims of the Hurricane Irma that recently hit Florida.  Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted at any of the locations below until October 12, 2017.

Food drop-off locations:

  • Aries Apothecary, 5444 Virginia Beach Blvd, Suite 107, Virginia Beach
  • Beach Belly Yoga, 4312 Holland Road #118, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Dong Hung Buddhist Temple, 423 Davis Street, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Kindred Spirit, 2354 E. Little Creek Road, Norfolk, VA
  • Madre Luna, 357 Broad Street, Portsmouth, VA
  • Magickal Attic, 10351 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA
  • Mystic Moon, 3365 North Military Highway, Norfolk, VA
  • Positive Vibes, 6220 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Quixotic Arts, 3824 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA
  • Rumplestiltskein,332 North Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Spiritual Relics, 4720 Princess Anne Rd, Suite B, Virginia Beach, VA

Mystic Moon Hosts Annual Book Drive

Mystic Moon is collecting school supplies to benefit the P.A.R.C Family Shelter in Portsmouth and to help needy children get the supplies they need for the new school year.  Mystic Moon has supported this annual fund drive for over 17 years.

Mystic Moon will be accepting donations throughout the entire month of August.

Below is a list of items being accepted:

3 Ring binders
Baby wipes
Colored pencils
Colored markers
Composition notebooks
Copy paper
Folders (with pockets, with prongs, plain)
Glue sticks
Hand sanitizer
Lined paper (college and wide)
Pencil boxes
Pencil cases
Pencils #2
Red pens
Spiral Notebooks
Ziplock bags (small or large)
And anything else you can think of a school child might need!

Please support this great cause!

Please drop off your donations between now and the end of August to Mystic Moon of Norfolk, 3365 N. Military Highway in Norfolk.

Dining Out for Life is April 27, 2017

Dining Out for Life

The 14th Annual Dining Out for Life will be held this Thursday, April 27, 2017. Dining Out for Life is an annual fundraiser for Access AIDS Care and other AIDS organizations in 60 other cities across the U.S. and Canada.  Money raised goes to help support HIV / AIDS services.

A minimum of 25% of the profits from participating restaurants in Hampton Roads will go to Access AIDS Care.  Access AIDS Care provides education outreach and prevention for men, women, and at-risk youth, testing and support services, and also runs the LGBT Center of Hampton Roads.

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ODU Democrats Host Solidarity Rally

ODU Rally on Immigration Ban

Hundreds of folks showed up Tuesday, January 31, 2017 for a Solidarity Rally at Old Dominion University to Stand with Immigrants, Muslims, and Refugees.  The event was hosted by the ODU Democrats and is a reaction to President Trump’s immigration ban that targets immigrants, refugees, and travelers from Muslim countries.  Protesters converged on the steps of the Webb Student Center and then marched across campus, down Hampton Boulevard, and then back to the student center.  ODU has a large international student population, as well as international staff and faculty.  Those who marched wanted to show their solidarity toward those affected by the ban, and their disdain for Trump and his xenophobic and anti-Muslim views and policies.

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Virginia Legislators for Hampton Roads 2017

Alternatives HR is providing this page to make it easy for our readers in Hampton Roads to contact their legislators on issues they consider important.  Many of our readers have concerns about LGBTQ rights, religious freedom, pay equity for women and women's reproductive rights, decriminalizing victimless crimes like marijuana use and sexual freedoms among consenting adults, and many other issues that affect our communities.

We encourage our readers to get involved in their communities and in local, state, and federal politics in the form of voting, contacting their political representatives, by supporting causes they believe in, and through non-violent protest when it is called for.

There are a number of organizations listed in the directories on this site that are doing things out in the community and that send regular action alerts to their members.  Please check them out and give them your support!

The legislators below represent Hampton Roads.  If you are outside of Hampton Roads or unsure which district you belong to, you can use the "Find your representative" website listed directly below:

Find your Representative:

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Norfolk Women’s March Draws Massive Crowd

Ivy Best, former board member of Hampton Roads Pride, holds up her sign
Ivy Best, former board member of Hampton Roads Pride, holds up her sign

A total of 673 Sister marches across the country and the world marched in solidarity with the official Women’s March on Washington this past Saturday, January 21, 2017.  Three of those marches were held in Hampton Roads with two in Norfolk and a third in Williamsburg.  I had the privilege of attending one of the Norfolk marches that began in front of the Chrysler Museum at noon on Saturday.  Women and men, white people and people of color, straight folks and LGBTQ folks, young and old, and many other communities and demographics were represented in the crowd. The crowds came just as much to support their various issues and concerns, as they did to protest an incoming president and his administration who by word and deed have shown they oppose these things.  The issues brought forward were not just women’s issues, but human issues.  Reproductive rights, pay equity, and impending funding cuts to Planned Parenthood were among the concerns of attendees and speakers, but so were the rights of people of color, LGBTQ folks, Muslims, and immigrants.  Those attending also supported science, education, freedom of the press, and the Affordable Care Act. 

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Local Vigils Remember Orlando Victims

Grey Anderson and Sayjay Miller from ODU Out
Grey Anderson and Sayjay Miller from ODU Out

In response to Sunday's tragic shooting at the Orlando LGBT nightclub, a number of local vigils have been held and more are likely to come. The latest news reports confirm at least 49 people dead and at least 53 people injured. A number of victims were from the LGBT Latino community as this event took place on Pulse's Latino night. The gunman, Omar Mateen, was killed in the ensuing gunfight with the SWAT officers on the scene. Various theories have emerged – some linking Mateen to terrorist activity and others suggesting that Mateen may have been a closeted homosexual who couldn’t deal with his own deep-seated internalized homophobia. We may never know the entire truth.

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