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They also hold an annual Pride Festival in September.The campus of the University of Virginia has an LGBTQ student services department, which promotes the community through events like Pride Week, LGBTQ on the Lawn, Queer Film Series, and Lavender Graduation.There are a number of statewide resources and databases for Virginia LGBT families, many of which can be accessed through the state’s website for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.Equality Virginia also maintains a website with information on legal advice, finding faith communities, LGBT community publications, and other topics.
The Charlottesville Pride Community Network hosts events such as the Queer Families Panel, a Gay-Straight Alliance potluck, and safe space training for businesses and organizations.
PFLAG (formerly known as Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Blue Ridge provides support, advocacy, and education for the Charlottesville area as well, holding monthly meetings for a Trans Families group.
The campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg has a number of LGBT advocacy groups, including Hokie PRIDE, the LGBT Caucus, and Queer Grads and Allies. The LGBT Caucus hosts a “Gay in Appalachia” celebration to unify the local LGBT community, with events including readings by best-selling authors and theatrical performances.
Virginia Tech ranked well on the Campus Pride Index’s list, garnering four and a half out of five stars.
Though Blacksburg is located in the traditionally “red” southern portion of the state, the town has a reputation as a liberal stronghold that is generally quite friendly toward LGBT families.