Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Area LGBTQ Organizations and Businesses Respond to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly changed how we work, live and socialize, especially after yesterday’s order from Governor Northam’s limiting public gatherings to 10 persons or less. Typically, OutWire757’s calendar of events contains dozens of events ranging from several drag brunches each week, to sporting events and support groups.

Temporarily, our ability to interact, socialize and support one another is posing a challenge to our community. What are you doing to combat ‘cabin fever’ or react to social distancing? Let us know!

Below, we have summarized the alternative plans and actions non-profits and businesses are implementing during the containment period.

Did we miss your organization or an update? Do you have a special announcement to make? We are all in this together and we would be happy to share with the community. Let us know by sending an email to editor@outwire757.com

PLEASE NOTE: As news develops, the plans detailed are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm.

Non-Profit Organizations

LGBT Life Center

As of March 17, the LGBT Life Center suspended all walk-in services at all of their locations. In addition, the Center has also suspended meetings of support groups, activities and gatherings. The Center has set up a few virtual group meetings and for more information, visit the Center’s Facebook page HERE.

Additionally, the Center is open for clients that have made appointments and for critical emergency services. To make an appointment for service, call the LGBT Life Center at (757) 640-0929.

Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia – TAP VA

The Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia – TAP VA has postponed the Third Annual Transgender Day of Visibility and has temporarily closed the TAP VA Clothes Closet. Follow TAP VA on Facebook or their website for updates.

Stonewall Sports Norfolk

Stonewall Sports is postponing all games, events and activities through April 12. Leadership will reevaluate on April 13 and provide an update at that time. The kickball remix tournament scheduled for April 11 in Washington, DC has also been postponed. For updates, consult the Stonewall Sports social media HERE.

PFLAG of Norfolk/Hampton Roads

PFLAG of Norfolk/Hampton Roads has canceled its regularly scheduled meetings for March and has extended the deadline to submit applications and documents to April 1st, 2020. More information and application instructions can be found at www.PFLAGHR.com/scholarship

If you have any questions, you may email PFLAG at PFLAGHR@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page.

Hampton Roads Pride

At the time of publication, Hampton Roads Pride has not canceled its upcoming “Dine with Pride” event on March 30 nor its April 6 monthly Membership meeting. Follow Hampton Roads Pride on social media for updates to these and other events planned later this spring.

Hampton Roads Business Outreach (HRBOR)

HRBOR canceled the second annual OutWork757 career expo scheduled for March 21 at ODU. No future events have been impacted.

Bars, Nightclubs and Restaurants

Our friends in the service and entertainment industries and are being hit particularly hard by the new regulations regarding public gatherings. Most are following the guidelines, by closing temporarily, reducing hours, cancelling events and have set up ‘to go’ food pickup/delivery.

37th & Zen

Starting today, 37th & Zen will offer takeout, curbside deliver or delivery via Uber Eats within the following hours: Monday-Friday, 2 p.m. – Midnight, Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m. – Midnight. Call (757) 533-5151 to place an order.

MJ’s Tavern

MJ’s Tavern has suspended its regularly scheduled trivia, pool tournament and poker events until further notice. MJ’s will remain open with reduced staff and will strictly adhere to the 10 person rule. You may order food from Grub Hub for lunch and dinner or pick up curbside. To place an order, call (757) 648-8942 or visit their website.


Streats is also offering its menu for takeout, delivery and curbside pickup. Chef Andrew Wall is ready to prepare items from their menu for you starting at 5 p.m. Starting March 18, delivery in the immediate area for $5. Call (757) 233-8933 to place an order and for delivery details.

The Green Onion

The Green Onion is offering its lunch and dinner menus for curbside pickup starting at 11 a.m. each day, until 9 p.m. Call (757) 963-1200 to place an order.


Gershwin’s is now offering takeout, curbside delivery and delivery Tuesday – Sunday from 5 – 10 p.m. Family meals are also on offer. Delivery is limited to downtown Norfolk. Visit their Facebook page for details. Call (757) 226-0814 to place an order.

Starving Artist Cafe

Starving Artist Cafe on N. Colley Ave. is offering a special takeout and curbside service menu temporarily. Visit their Facebook page for the menu and call (757) 305-9290 to order.

The Wave Nightclub

The Wave Nightclub is closed until further notice. However, a virtual dance event is planned for Saturday at 12:30. Check it out HERE.

The Rainbow Cactus Company

The Rainbow Cactus Company is also closing temporarily. Plans are to be closed for one week and then reassess following CDC and local and state government guidelines.

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