Honoring Legends

Equality Virginia is honored to recognize one individual and one organization this Saturday that has been making a difference in the LGBT Community.  

Join EV At Legends

While online ticket sales for the 2012 Legends Gala have ended, you can still purchase at the door by check or charge.  Read more about the event here.
  [caption id="" align="alignright" width="184"] Carlton Hardy[/caption] Carlton Hardy is our 2012 Legend.  He is an advocate for community-based nonprofit groups composed of volunteers for whom it is an avocation, a passion that comes from deep within their heart and soul.  He is a leader in change not just within the LGBT community, but also with business and political campaigns that have shaped the Hampton Roads community. A participant in numerous organizations and fundraising events on the Peninsula and the Southside, Carlton has displayed leadership by volunteering time and resources to many groups across Hampton Roads.  He is recognized as the “father” of the arts and culture license plate. A few of the groups he has assisted are: Virginians for Justice (now Equality Virginia), PACT, Richmond Men’s Chorus, Hampton Roads Business OutReach, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, the Hampton Roads Men’s Chorus, ACCESS AIDS Care, the Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center Foundation, the Virginia Choral Society, the Leadership Institute of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and he annually co-sponsors the “Fraley-Hardy” award in the Music Department of CNU. ACCESS AIDS Care is our 2012 Legends Community Award recipient.  For almost 25 years, ACCESS AIDS Care has been providing programs and services to individuals and families impacted by HIV/AIDS in Hampton Roads. The organization’s goal is to promote the dignity and wellness of adults, families, youth and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Primary services include HIV medical case management, medication assistance, transportation services, permanent supportive housing and HIV related support services. In the summer of 2011, ACCESS AIDS Care opened The LGBT Center of Hampton Roads.  The mission of the Center is to provide a safe space, services, resources, education, and support to the LGBT community of Hampton Roads. The Center is committed to full-filling the diverse social needs of the Hampton Roads LGBT community by helping to improve their quality of life, and assisting in empowering each individual, their families and their friends in living an authentic life in peace. In the past fiscal year, ACCESS AIDS Care served almost 600 people living with HIV.  They provided 16,000 meals, permanent housing for 70 singles and families, transportation for clients and performed 2,000 free HIV tests. The LGBT Center continues to provide clinical mental health counseling, individual and family counseling, a variety of  LGBT support groups, meeting space for other non-profits, social and education events and a safe place for the LGBT community to gather. Equality Virginia's Legends Gala is Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at the Norfolk Plaza Hotel Downtown.  For more information, click here.