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LGBT Resources

Emergency Points of Contact

  • National Suicide Prevention HotlineThe National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
  • Trans Lifeline: Suicide/crisis hotline for transgender people that guarantees another trans person for those calling in.
  • H.E.R. Shelter: Provides advocacy, support, and education to those who have been affected by domestic violence in the cities of Chesapeake and Portsmouth, VA.
  • Domestic Violence Help Guide – Offers resources by sex, age, sexual orientation, etc. for those who would like help catered to their specific circumstances.

  • Domestic Violence Resources Directory – This page doubles up as a national and local resource. It provides a comprehensive list of all kinds of national domestic violence resources divided by location, audience, and type (i.e. legal vs. shelter). It also has more resources applicable to Virginia.

Social/Recreation

Seeks to foster a better understanding and appreciation of the leather lifestyle both among the members of the organization and within the community through social, charitable, educational endeavors and activities.

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Builds a community for women in the seven cities (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News) beyond the lesbian bar scene.

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Here you will find all of the information you need to have a gay old time on the Outer Banks, NC

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Fosters excellence in choral music, reflecting a breadth of life experiences in song.

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Prime Timers are older gay or bisexual men and younger adult men who admire mature men. Weekly Dinners and socializing.

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A Williamsburg/Peninsula area dinner club for gays, lesbians and their friends.

  • P.O. Box 63 Williamsburg, VA 23187
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Parents and Toddlers (PAT) playgroup is a group for 40-something moms and/or dads with children under the age of 5.

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Established in 1982 for the people of the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas to play softball in a safe, friendly environment.

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Members only, private campground for women.

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LGBT&Q organization with deep roots in the Hampton Roads community.

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Exists to promote the camaraderie of amateur softball within North America and the Hampton Roads area.

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Largest Gay and Lesbian RV and Tent Camping Membership Club in North America.

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Tidewater Taillights is a local gay car club in the Hampton Roads Area who are nationally affiliated with the Lambda Car Club.

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Support/Services

2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number dedicated to connecting Virginia residents with free information on available community services. When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to the caller’s situation and suggests resources of help both local and statewide using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia. All referrals are confidential.

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Provides a safe space, services, resources, education, and support to the LGBT community of Hampton Roads.

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Promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights

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Broad based coalition of LGBT owned and LGBT supportive businesses and professionals dedicated to the development, growth and advocacy of Hampton Roads and its LGBT community.

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Offers the most comprehensive array of alternative dispute resolution services and training available in Hampton Roads.

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A ministry and Transgender support group within New Life MCC of Hampton Roads.

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Provide high-quality, low-cost reproductive health and family planning services to the women, men and teens of Hampton Roads

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Counseling sensitive to the LGBT community with a focus on Christian Counseling, sex therapy and transitional issues. Welcoming to all age ranges of individuals, couples and families.

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Legal/Political

Statewide, non-partisan advocacy, outreach and education organization seeking equality for LGBT Virginians.

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Advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues

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Mission is to safeguard and advance the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and policy work.

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Dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

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Offers the most comprehensive array of alternative dispute resolution services and training available in Hampton Roads.

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Supports, defends and empowers LGBT service members, veterans and their families.  Our mission is to strengthen military culture by securing equal opportunity, equal protection and equal benefits, without threat of harassment or discrimination, for LGBT service members and veterans.

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The LGBT Project works for an America free of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Largest organization of feminist activists in the United States.

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Dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.

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Religious and Spiritual

All God’s Children Community Church: Norfolk

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Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church: Norfolk; An Episcopal Church of the Anglican tradition (Church of England) which draws its life from the interplay of scripture, tradition and reason

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An open and affirming church with Pastor Lisa Dlubala-Madison and her wife Rev. Lauri Dlubala-Madison.

  • 6049 Indian River Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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The United Church of Christ: Virginia Beach; Mission is to come together as an open and inclusive church welcoming all those who seek God into full life and ministry regardless of age, race, gender, economic status, education, marital status, sexual orientation or special needs.

Designated by the UCC as “Open and Affirming.”

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Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church: Virginia Beach; An open and affirming congregation, welcoming into the full life and ministry of the church persons of every race, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and economic status. We commit to model a community of faith and spirit that works toward openness and understanding, offering justice, healing and wholeness of life for all people.

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God’s Other Sheep Christian Center: Norfolk

The Great Awakening Church of Christ: Virginia Beach; Offers a powerful preachment of the scripture, vibrant worship, soul stirring gospel music, dynamic Bible Study, mid-week intercessory prayer and Youth Sundays.

We are open to all people including the (LGBT) community.

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Heaven’s Tableland Christian Church: Williamsburg; An independent Church that believes that The Bible is the Inspired Word of God.

Ministering God’s Affirming Love for the Gay, Lesbian and Heterosexual Community.

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Lynnhaven Colony Congregational Church, United Church of Christ: Virginia Beach; An open and affirming church, embracing diversity and affirming the dignity and worth of every person created in the image of God.

We welcome into full membership and participation in the Body of Christ persons of every race, language, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, mental ability, socioeconomic status, marital status, and faith background.

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New Life Metropolitan Community Church of Hampton Roads: Norfolk; A Christian church serving the LGBTS community actively involved in social justice outreach locally and globally.

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Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church: Norfolk; Believing that the love and grace of God embraces everyone, we, the members of Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church, welcome into our fellowship all people, regardless of age, gender; ethnic, cultural, or racial identity; sexual orientation, economic, occupational, or educational status; faith background, mental, or physical abilities. We also welcome those in the military who are permanent or transient in our community.

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Calvary Baptist Church: Virginia Beach; Calvary Baptist Church is a “Whosoever” church.  That means that no matter who you are or what your circumstances, we love you and want to be there for you.

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Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church: Norfolk; A parish of worship, spiritual growth, acceptance and healing centered in the Eucharist. We reach beyond ourselves, striving to allow God to work through our hands as Christ’s own. In our role as stewards of God’s gifts we embrace a comprehensive concept of stewardship as central to our ministry. As a place of hope for all people, we celebrate with joy through grace our oneness in Christ.

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Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church: Hampton; St. Marks is a parish called by God to reach out to all with God’s unconditional acceptance, healing and joy. This parish acknowledges that many of God’s children have been discouraged or denied a seat at God’s table based on ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, race, economic status, mental abilities, physical appearances or physical abilities.

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Saint Nicholas Catholic Church: Virginia Beach; To proclaim and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through celebration of our faith and sharing our time, talent and treasures in service of the Kingdom of God.

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St. Stephens’s Episcopal Church: Newport News; Our mission statement is “To know Christ and make Him known.”

We do this by welcoming anyone who wishes to join us for worship regardless of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability and/or disability, or economic status.

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This church promotes the full participation in its activities of all persons of whatever race, color, creed, gender, ability and/or disability, affectional or sexual orientation, age, economic status, or origin.

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Tidewater United Church Of Christ: Virginia Beach; An Open and Affirming Congregational Church, we value fresh and diverse approaches to faith issues and have been on the leading edge of extending God’s extravagant welcome.

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Unitarian Universalist Community Church Of The Peninsula: Newport News; We promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person, justice, equity and compassion in human relations, acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.

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Warwick United Church Of Christ: Newport News; We are a multiracial church with a wide variety of education and occupation choices.

We are an Open and Affirming congregation — lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender folks are included with everyone else in our life, leadership, and ministry.

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People of all races, backgrounds, political orientation, walks of life, gender, and sexual orientations are embraced at WUU (we are what our denomination calls a “Welcoming Congregation”).

In our nurturing environment, each of us seeks personal growth and mutual understanding through worship, study and community activities.

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Ohef Sholom Temple

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LGBT Resources

Champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.

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Project of Advocates for Youth — MySistahs is a Web site created by and for young women of color to provide information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy.

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Web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. Youth Resource takes a holistic approach to sexual health and exploring issues of concern to LGBTQ youth, by providing information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy.

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Gay and Lesbian Mormons. Affirmation’s mission is to provide a forum for gay Mormons to associate with their peers. We seek to meet the needs of persons experiencing frustration or alienation from family, friends, and the Church because of their sexual orientation. In addition to offering assistance during life’s occasional struggles, Affirmation provides a lifelong opportunity for service, fun, friendship, personal enrichment, and spiritual growth. When the journey of self-discovery, particularly the process of reconciling our gay selves within the context of our Mormon spiritual and cultural heritage, seems almost more than we can handle, Affirmation offers the opportunity of understanding and support by friends who travel the same path.

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The American Institute of Bisexuality encourages, supports and assists research and education about bisexuality, through programs likely to make a material difference and enhance public knowledge, awareness and understanding about bisexuality.

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As America’s umbrella organization and voice for bisexual, pan-sexual, fluid, queer-identified and all other of us“somewhere in between”people as well as their lesbian, gay, transgender, “straight but not narrow” and questioning friends and allies, BiNet USA facilitates the development of a cohesive network of independent bisexual and bi-friendly communities; promotes bisexual, pansexual and bi-inclusive visibility; and collects and distribute educational information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity with an emphasis on the bisexual and pansexual and allied communities.

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COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBT) parent/s.

Good information for parents coming out to children, kids dealing with LGBT parents and parents dealing with LGBT children.

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The Deaf Queer Resource Center (DQRC) is a national nonprofit resource and information center for, by and about the Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Questioning communities (hereafter referred to as the “Deaf Queer community”).

Much of the site is out of date or not working, but there is a good area with coming out stories in American Sign Language (ASL) and in written formats.

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The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes in creating a more vibrant and diverse community. We welcome as members any and all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or occupation, who are committed to seeing this philosophy realized in K-12 schools.

GLSEN is the best resource for issues dealing with schools and working with or establishing Gay/Straight Alliances(GSA). They also have information on bullying and setting up safe spaces.

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The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is a leading international organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

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The Intersex Society of North America (ISNA) is devoted to systemic change to end shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with an anatomy that someone decided is not standard for male or female.

Guidelines on treatment options for children born with Disorders of Sexual Development and help for parents in the early decision making process.

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The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) is a 501(c)3 social justice organization dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referendum and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and building the organizational capacity of our movement.

Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all.

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The National Youth Advocacy Coalition is a social justice organization that advocates for and with young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) in an effort to end discrimination against these youth and to ensure their physical and emotional well-being.

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PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.

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The Safe Schools Coalition is an international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools – at home and all over the world – become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

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Since its inception, SIECUS has taken stands on major sexuality issues confronting society. SIECUS invites other organizations and individuals to join in affirming these statements and in working for their implementation.

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The Transgender Law Center (TLC) is a civil rights organization advocating for transgender communities. Every day we connect transgender people and their families to technically sound and culturally competent legal services, increase acceptance and enforcement of laws and policies that support California’s transgender communities, and work to change laws and systems that fail to incorporate the needs and experiences of transgender people.

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Trans Kids is primarily for teachers in primary schools. It is not just for teachers in primary schools with transgendered children in their class, it is for all primary school teachers. (However there is also material here which may be useful to secondary teachers and parents.)

All transgendered children have problems, but those problems are not caused by being transgendered, that is never a problem in itself. The problem is everyone else’s attitude towards transgendered children, whether they are other children, their parents, other children’s parents or school staff. This site aims to help rid transgendered children of the problems of other people’s negative opinions.

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The Virginia Anti-Violence Project works to address and end violence, with a specific focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities across Virginia.

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Local and National Online Resources

  • TG Clinic at the Fan Free Clinic: Free transgender-specific healthcare for anyone in Virginia, including hormone therapy, HIV testing, and primary care services.
    • Location: 1010 N. Thompson St., Richmond, VA
    • Appointments: Clients are seen by appointment only every Tuesday 6 pm to 9 pm.

Organizations

  • Gender and Sexuality Health Resources
  • Center of Excellence for Transgender Health
    • The ultimate CoE goal is to improve the overall health and well-being of transgender individuals by developing and implementing programs in response to community-identified needs. We include community perspectives by actively engaging a national advisory body (NAB) of 14 transgender identified leaders from throughout the country. The collective experience of our diverse and talented NAB assures that our programs address issues that are timely and relevant to the community.
  • Centers For Disease Control And Prevention
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health

Community Resources

Hampton Roads, Virginia Gender Expression Movement – GEM provides advocacy, resources and education about gender identity issues and social support to the Transgender, Gender Non-conforming and Gender Questioning members of the Hampton Roads, Virginia Transgender community.

  • GEM offers social support group meetings on the first and third Saturdays of each month in a relaxed all inclusive atmosphere.
    • The Trans Masculine group and the Non-transitioning Significant Other, Friends and Family group meet monthly.
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A peer-facilitated support group in the Richmond, Virginia area for anyone on the MTF spectrum.

  • Meetings are the 1st Friday of each month 7 pm – 9 pm.
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HRB is a social and support group for folks that are bi, bi-curious, bi-friendly, poly, T/G and other.  Supportive members of the LGBT community are welcome!

  • Saturdays, 6:30 PM
    • THE FAMILY ROOM GROUP, Emmanuel Episcopal Church
      • 5181 Princess Anne Rd.
      • Virginia Beach, 23462, Suite 103
    • Closed, Discussion, Gay
  • Saturdays, 8:00 PM
    • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE GROUP
      • First Lutheran Church
      • 1301 Colley Ave., Norfolk, 23517
    • Open, Discussion, Gay
  • For up-to-date information on AA meetings or to find more meetings contact:
  • Saturdays, 6:00 PM
    • Rainbow Recovery (GLBT) (O, HA)
      • 5265 Providence Rd. Suite 103 (At Lord Dunmore Dr) Virginia Beach
      • (Behind BP Service Station) Rainbow Psych.
  • For up-to-date information on NA meetings or to find more meetings contact:
  • Tidewater Area Toll Free Helpline

LGBT Liaison Officers

If you have questions about the Hampton Roads Pride Police Liaison Program
please contact Michael Berlucchi at:

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  1. The information provided on the Hampton Roads Pride Resource List about organizations, businesses or services is for general informational purposes.  Inclusion on this resource list does not mean that Hampton Roads Pride endorses any organization, business or service. Further, Hampton Roads Pride cannot and does not make any guarantees whatsoever as to the quality of services or products provided by any organization, business or service listed here.
  2. Hampton Roads Pride has made reasonable efforts to provide useful, accurate, and up to date information. The information provided here is not intended as a substitute for the user’s own research and investigation of any of the organizations, businesses or services listed. Use of the information provided here is at the user’s discretion and risk. No warranty is made that the information is accurate, complete, reliable, current, or error-free.
  3. Should you have a complaint regarding discrimination or mistreatment involving any organization, business or service listed here, you may contact Hampton Roads Pride at info@hamptonroadspride.org and we will take the appropriate action and/or recommend where to go to take further action.
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