There are things we don’t talk about as a community because it’s shameful, it’s sad, and it’s painful. It’s hard to talk about times we’ve been targeted for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or queer.
It’s hard to talk about the harassment, the bullying, and the violence we have faced, sometimes even from those we know and care about.
When the Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP) was seeking a new avenue to raise awareness of bias and hate-motived violence directed at the LGBTQ community we were unsure of how to start the conversation...
We realized that theatre is a medium that allows for stories to be narrated, stories to be heard, and stories to be uplifted. Theatre provides an opportunity to express the embarrassing, the disheartening, and the painful experiences of those within marginalized groups.
Having searched for a way to promote the stories of marginalized LGBTQ+ people, we reached out to Richmond Triangle Players and TheatreLAB to partner on NERVE: Stories of Queer Resilience. Each partner brought a special ingredient to the project: Richmond Triangle Players provided the space and the infrastructure, VAVP collected the stories and content, and TheatreLAB through talent and artistic expression will bring our stories to the forefront of our communities.
It is through this collaborative project that we all hope to start a conversation of how to better support survivors of hate/bias-motivated harassment and violence, with the ultimate goal to end abuse violence against and within the LGBTQ+ community.
So we hope you’ll join us for a night of story sharing, community, dialogue, and ultimately a celebration of resilience of the LGBTQ+ community benefiting the Virginia Anti-Violence Project.
NERVE: Stories of Queer Resilience will be presented at Richmond Triangle Players May 27th & 28th. Tickets are avalible at rtriangle.org
Board President, Virginia Anti-Violence Project
More information about the Virginia Anti-Violence Project and resources can be found at virginiaavp.org.