APV November Salon

The focus of our November APV Salon will be the topic of mental health in Virginia

Our guest speaker this month: Mira Signer, Executive Director of Alliance on Mental Health Virginia

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Virginia was created in 1984 to provide support, education, and advocacy for individuals and families in Virginia affected by mental illness. Along with their community-based affiliates, they provide education, support, information, training, and resources, and engage in systems change policy advocacy. NAMI Virginia is located in Richmond, Virginia, where they are appropriately situated in close proximity to the state legislature.

NAMI”s mission is to promote recovery and improve the quality of life of Virginians with serious mental illness through support, education, and advocacy. They envision a world where all people affected by mental illness get the help, hope, and support that they need.

Please join us Monday, November 17th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. as APV partnering with our sister organization Together Virginia brings you our monthly Salons.

Each month APV invites members and guests to a casual, after work get together at Helen’s Restaurant, 2527 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220 for a complimentary light dinner (cash bar for wine and beer).

So please join us for a great evening–and bring a friend!

APV October Salon

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The October Salon’s focus will be on the topic of education.

Our guest speaker this month:

Chris Dovi, team member of CodeVA. Chris is an award-winning community journalist with nearly 15 years experience focusing largely on issues of k-12 education and the bridge between high school and college.

CodeVA is an organization committed to expanding public school computer science offerings all across Virginia. Based in Richmond, CodeVA’s teacher training efforts and outreach to districts, parents and policymakers assumes a statewide footprint. The organization has formed a partnership with Code.org, a national organization with a similar mission. CodeVA’s mission is to make computer science education a reality for all Virginia children and for all Virginia communities.

Please join us Monday, October 27th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. as APV partnering with our sister organization Together Virginia brings you our monthly Salons.

Each month APV invites members and guests to a casual, after work get together at Helen’s Restaurant, 2527 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220 for a complimentary light dinner (cash bar for wine and beer).

So please join us for a great evening–and bring a friend!

Wedding Bells In Virginia!

Today marked an historic day in Virginia.  Today the Commonwealth took another halting step into the 21st century and LGBTQ Virginias finally have marriage equality!  Here at APV we have been working and waiting for this day since our inception and we couldn’t be happier.

Congratulations to everyone who has been waiting for this day!

Now let’s end the wrong-headed rules on adoption which not only allow discrimination based on sexual orientation, but also, religion, politics, marital status and physical disability.  The tide is turning, but it didn’t happen by itself!  We helped make this happen.

Video: APV members, Ryan Gardner and Sam Howerton were the second couple married today in Richmond!

Wedding Bells in Virginia

APV August Salon, August 18th

APV August Salon, August 18th

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Our guest speakers this month:

Jenn Michelle Pedini, Community Organizer for Richmond NORML which is the regional chapter of Virginia NORML.

Richmond NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition. One of their main concerns is how the lack of a regulatory environment effects developing youth.

And

Patricia Stransbury, host of WRIR’s Lightly on the Ground and APV member.

Patricia will be discussing her research of and personal experience regarding medical marijuana.

APV is now partnering with our sister organization Together Virginia to bring you our monthly Salons.

Please join us Monday, August 18th, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. as APV continues our monthly Salon at Helen’s.

The third Monday of each month APV invites members and guests to a casual, after work get together at Helen’s Restaurant, 2527 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220 for a complimentary light dinner (cash bar for wine and beer).

Our Salon this month will be focusing on the legalization of marijuana in Virginia.

So please join us for a great evening–and bring a friend!

Let's Stand Up For Them Until They Can Stand Up For Themselves

Let’s Stand Up For Them Until They Can Stand Up For Themselves

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Last Year APV introduced legislation to end “conversion thearapy” in Virginia. We’ll be back again in 2015 and we won’t stop until it passes. Share this meme if you agree that LGBT kids need love and respect not quack medicine.