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Miles To Go Before I Sleep: The Musical Life of Zach Benson

Music has been a crucial element of Zach Benson’s life ever since he was a child, but he’s come a long way from his early days playing drums in middle-school cover bands. These days, the Virginia native and Richmond resident is a prolific indie-pop musician with a...

Big Freedia Got Booties Poppin’ At PrideFest

Marilyn: One of the great things about Virginia PrideFest is that it's the kind of all-consuming event you can attend and direct your focus in any of several directions. Regardless of what you focus on, you're still sure to have a great time. Just as I had a great...

VA PrideFest 2022: Massively Glorious

You aren't really at Virginia PrideFest until you cross the walking bridge onto Brown's Island. But last Saturday, September 24, passerby could be forgiven if, even several blocks away on Cary St, they still felt like they were somewhere on the outskirts of the 2022...

Sifting Through The Virginia Film Scene With TVJerry

Jerry Williams, aka TVJerry, is a veteran of independent media in Richmond, Virginia. From radio shows and theater criticism to music video direction and television production, he's done just about everything there is to do within the local media community over the...

‘A Case By Case Basis’

Hoping to use the bathroom? If you're a transgender student in Hanover County, you'll need the School Board's specific approval. That's the result of a vote held by Hanover County's School Board on Tuesday night, in which the school board voted 5-2 in favor of a...

Black Pride RVA 2022 Is In Full Swing!

Five years ago, Black Pride RVA became the first Black LGBTQ event in the state of Virginia. Created and hosted by Us Giving Richmond Connections (UGRC), Black Pride RVA came into being in order to celebrate the unique intersection of identities experienced by all Black LGBTQ people, to promote equality for Black LGBTQ people within the...

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Hampton Roads Pride Fest: Thanks, I Needed That

We're only halfway through 2022, and already it's been a rough year for the LGBTQ community. While overt attacks on transgender people in particular have been happening for a while now, legal actions by states like Texas and Alabama have outright made it unsafe for trans youth and their families to even live in those states. Then, on Friday,...

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Punchline Pride: An Interview With Apple Brown Betty

Hello reader! It’s Pride month and Sandman Comedy Club has a show for and by the local LGBTQ community. Punchline Pride is this Sunday, and will feature a lineup representing different faces of the community’s funniest comedians in Richmond. I’ve seen most of the lineup at different shows around town, and they all kill. I got to talk with...

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Pushing Us Back Into The Closet: Banned Books Edition

Two prominent Virginia Republicans are trying to have Maia Kobabe's Gender Queer declared obscene and prohibited to be sold or lended to minors. Is it really obscene, though, or is it the graphic memoir's open and unapologetic depiction of nonbinary identities and experiences that's the issue? We decided to see for ourselves. Last week, the...

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Traverse Comedy Wants to Help You Believe in Your Comedy Dreams

Mary Jane French knows a thing or two about making someone laugh. Whether you have seen her stand up at open mics or showcases, or have seen one of her recent shows around town with her comedy production team, Traverse Comedy, I’m sure you've laughed at at least a few of her jokes. And by a few, I mean all of them.  Comedy itself is a very...

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