LGBT Cities: Richmond, Virginia

By Marc Boisclair, June 29, 2016

Attention LGBT sports groups: Richmond, Virginia, really wants you to host an event in town. In 2014, Richmond Region Tourism launched a major marketing effort to draw LGBT tourists and business groups to the city spurred by social media and a new website, OutRVA. “OutRVA partners are ready and willing to work with LGBT groups meeting in Richmond to create custom packages and experiences,” says Katherine O’Donnell, the group’s vice president of community relations.

Getting to town is straightforward, whether by car (I-95 and I-64), air (200 nonstop flights daily at Richmond International Airport) or Amtrak. Once there, planners of LGBT sporting events will find nearly 18,000 area guest rooms and more than five dozen sporting venues, including River City Sportsplex and Richmond Coliseum. LGBT-friendly hotel properties range from the 250-room Hilton Richmond Downtown to downtown’s historic 70-room Linden Row Inn. Must-browse stops include architecture-rich Monument Avenue and Carytown, nine blocks of locally owned, gay-friendly shops and restaurants featuring a great nightlife scene. Need a CSR tie-in? Reach out to ROSMY, a nonprofit helping Virginia’s LGBT youth achieve success through access to support, education and advocacy.

Venues

Greater Richmond Convention Center; River City Sportsplex; Richmond Coliseum

Recent and Upcoming Events

Campus Pride College Sports Summit (2014)

Connect Sports/National LGBTQ Sports Task Force (2015)

International Gay Bowling Organization Rainbow League (ongoing)

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