Center Providers

The Side by Side Youth Center houses The Virginia Anti-Violence Project and serves as regular meeting space for parent support groups PFLAG and He, She, Ze, & We.

The Virginia Anti-Violence Project 

The Virginia Anti-Violence Project works to address and end violence, with a specific focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities across Virginia.

The Virginia Anti-Violence Project’s (VAVP) offices are located on the 2nd floor of the Side by Side Youth Center. VAVP hosts regular pop-up hours at our Side by Side Youth Center, check out our event calendar for details on times.

Learn more about VAVP



HEAL, LLC or Helping Everyone Accept and Adapt to Life is an organization founded to help individuals heal from and deal with life-altering situations. They do what their company name stands for - HEAL. There is not a magic timeframe one must adhere to in order to move past life-altering situations. Dealing with life challenges are often difficult, with no quick remedy. It often takes dedication and a great deal of work in order to transition into healing. Not addressing these matters can promote an emotionally stagnant state, leading to unhealthy manifestations in one's life.

PFLAG Richmond

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is a national support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, their families, and allies. PFLAG’s mission is to support LGBT individuals along with their families and allies, by (1) providing support to those who need it, (2) educating family and communities regarding sexual orientation, gender identity and LGBT issues, and (3) advocating to end discrimination and advance equality for LGBT people.

PFLAG Richmond hosts meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month on the 2nd floor of the Side by Side Youth Center 6:30-8:30pm.  Be sure to check the Side by Side Calendar for a full listing of all meetings.

He, She, Ze, & We

He, She, Ze, & We is a confidential support group for parents of transgender and gender expansive youth of all ages. He, She, Ze, & We offer bi-monthly meetings for parents and caregivers and meet at the Side by Side Youth Center.  If you are interested in attending a meeting or learning more about the organization please contact Shannon McKay at He She Ze & We also has a chapter in Fredericksburg. Please contact Amy Sanders at