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Wirt Confroy

Wirt has worked with Virginia Tourism Corporation for 21 years in community development, marketing and new product development and funding. He loves to share stories and connect visitors with unique and welcoming people, businesses and experiences from his travels around the state. In particular, those highlighting new visitor experiences representing Virginia’s diverse communities of all abilities, cultures and orientations. A Halifax County native, Wirt loves Virginia whiskey, local bands and American Sign Language.

Your 2024 Guide To Virginia’s PRIDE Festivals & Events

Virginia’s PRIDE season spans most of the year — MARCH through NOVEMBER — with so many pride events we’ve had to extend and expand our statewide calendar beyond June’s recognized Pride Month . We have several, large-scale festivals, week-long socials, medium-sized weekend shows and smaller, day-long…

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Interview with Eric Hause, VA Queer Film Festival

Film festivals have a rich history in Virginia. One of the oldest and most well-known festivals is the Virginia Film Festival, which was founded in 1988 by the University of Virginia. Over the years, the festival has featured a diverse range of films, including international films, documentaries…

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Black Pride RVA- Us Giving Richmond Connections

For the sixth year, Black Pride RVA is holding their three-day festival of events in Richmond, VA. Director Luise ‘Cheezi’ Farmer has been there since the beginning, helping to create, sustain and grow its efforts and impact. A long-time advocate for the LGBTQ+ community in Richmond, Virginia, A…

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Your 2023 Guide To Virginia’s PRIDE Festivals & Events

Virginia’s PRIDE season spans most of the year — MARCH through NOVEMBER — with so many pride events we’ve had to extend and expand our statewide calendar beyond June’s recognized Pride Month . We have several, large-scale festivals, week-long socials, medium-sized weekend shows and smaller, day-long…

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Spend time with Fellow Travelers and the Virginia Opera

New performance recalls Queer history and experiences BRIEF HISTORY OF OPERA In Florence, Italy around the year 1600, a group of musicians, writers, and intellectuals gathered together to conduct an experiment: Could they recreate Ancient Greek drama? As it turned out, they did not recreate Greek…

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LGBTQ+ Virginia History

Created in 1969, the Commonwealth’s “Virginia is For Lovers” tourism slogan was created, and is now one of the most beloved and iconic travel slogans in the world and inducted into the Madison Avenue Advertising Walk of Fame in 2009. While it has meant a lot of different things to a lot of…

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Trey Owens: Feeding Virginia Hearts, Souls, and Bellies

Virginia is bursting with farmers markets, farm-to-table and locally grown sourced eateries. Visitors and locals enjoy a wide variety of foodie experiences, including ghost kitchens, food trucks and restaurants. Meet Trey Owens (he/him), owner of two Richmond, VA-based restaurants - Soul Taco and…

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