“Virginia gets a rap as a conservative state, but growing up in Richmond I can see the city has grown as a culture,” said GayRVA.com founder Kevin Clay. “There is a progressive undercurrent of arts and culture and dining.”
So where are the LGBT spots in Richmond? They’re all over: The Fan is residential neighborhood with shops and dining; downtown Richmond is home to museums, historical attractions, and Godfrey’s drag shows; Carytown has the “mile of style” shopping with lots of independent locally-owned shops, as well as the lesbian bar, Babe’s. And that’s not including the attractions, shops, and clubs found in the River District, Shockoe Bottom, or the Monroe Ward.