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Greater Richmond has a rich history, ranging the full spectrum. Greater Richmond has confronted its pasts and works to repair its history to create a more inclusive present. Many Richmond organizations and individuals are building a more equitable community through restorative justice.

As a minority-majority city, Richmond’s support for intersectionality does not come as a surprise. In fact, there are numerous organizations in the region available to support LGBTQIA+ community members, youth and LGBTQIA+ people of color, among others. Companies operating in Greater Richmond have a prideful workforce at their disposal. Pro-LGBTQIA+ state and regional leaders, non-profit organizations and major employers in the region all bolster the quality of life for local LGBTQIA+ individuals.

Greater Richmond is full of major employers that are fully committed to supporting the local LGBTQIA+ community. In addition to the MEI, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) publishes a Corporate Equality Index (CEI) based on non-discrimination policies across business entities, equitable benefits for LGBTQIA+ workers and their families, supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility.


of the region’s workforce is non-white


The City was given a perfect score on the Municipal Equality Index


Corporations earned a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index


of the region’s population is non-white


more Black-owned businesses than the U.S. average

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Richmond named a Top Queer Friendly Destination (Thrillist, 2021)


VCU named a most diverse campus

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Godfrey’s as a Best Drag Brunch (Thrillist)


Most Diverse Midsize City (WalletHub, 2021)