To support, educate, empower, and advocate for LGBT individuals and groups in the
Roanoke region, and to encourage collaborative efforts with the greater community
to improve the quality of life for all.
The RDC will inspire and empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in
SW Virginia to lead full and rewarding lives. We will be a catalyst for change within
and beyond our community.
Individually and as an organization, we value diversity, dignity, equality, civility,
and civic engagement. We hold ourselves accountable to the community we serve and
to those who support us.
The RDC will:
Provide a welcoming, interesting, and safe gathering place for individuals and groups.
Enable community members to interact informally and organizations to meet regularly.
Enhance access to resources by gathering and sharing information and referrals on
a variety of topics including LGBT-owned and LGBT-friendly professionals, businesses,
Partner with local groups to create a supportive network of organizations that serve
the LGBT community.
Gather and share information about events, organizations, and volunteer and activism
Reduce isolation among marginalized and under-served individuals and groups.
Provide information about and introduction to the community for those new to the
area or newly out.
Advocate for equality, locally and at the state and national levels.
Maintain a vibrant and growing lending library.
Support health and wellness by hosting HIV-testing, substance abuse prevention, and
Encourage participation in and appreciation of the arts by hosting shows, films,
Reach out to the larger community to increase public awareness and understanding
of LGBT people and issues.
Member at large Suzanne Ashley firstname.lastname@example.org
Member at large Joshua Olinger JoshuaLeeOlinger@gmail.com
Member at large Bernard Alvarez email@example.com
Member at large Rodger Saunders firstname.lastname@example.org
Member at large Robert Marshall Rhm0828@aol.com
Please consider joining our Board as a Member at Large. We value diversity, innovative
ideas, passion, and a variety of skills which you may already possess. (Officer position
nominations are drawn from established RDC Board Members only.)
Our Board meetings are generally open to all, (although we may occasionally have
meetings, or portions of, as closed/executive sessions), and are usually the 1st
Sat of the month from 10am-noon in the RDC space. (Please check our calendar, or
contact us to verify our schedule if you plan on attending, or if you’d like more
information about being a Board Member for the RDC.)
All references to the LGBT community on this web site are meant to be inclusive to
ALL LGBTQQIAA2P. (Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual,Transgender,Queer,Questioning,Intersex,Asexual,Ally-heterosexual/straight,2