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“People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.” –James Baldwin
RISE is a day-retreat for gay and/or bisexual men of all ages, races, and backgrounds. RISE is a safe place to come together to discuss major aspects of our life as gay and bi men. We discuss our relationships, dealing with oppression and homophobia, concepts of masculinity for gay/bi men and much more. Our retreat day is filled with open, honest, and interactive conversation about things that are important to us.  It’s a great time and space to meet others with shared experiences. Join us for our next RISE day-retreat and let’s share our stories together!
What are people saying about RISE?
“Diverse”…”amazingly fun”…”a safe-place for honest conversation”…”a time where I can ‘let my hair down’ and be free”
Each RISE retreat is free and open to the public.  Meals and materials are provided for each participant.  Participants receive a $25 gift card at the completion of the retreat.  Retreat locations vary in order to serve the Hampton Roads area.  
For more information or to register, please contact Christopher Bush-Winston at 757-640-0929, ext. 460 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Court One Office:

248 W. 24th Street
Norfolk, VA 23517
Providing: Care Management, Housing Services, Administrative Support, Outreach, Resource & Development & the Meals Program, HIV Testing



Granby Office:

3309 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23504
Providing: HIV Education, Transportation, HIV Testing & Outreach

Hampton / Newport News:

For services, please call 
(757) 722-5511

LGBT Center:

247 W. 25th Street
Norfolk, VA 23517

Providing: Community Meeting Space, Individual & Family Counseling, Resource Center, Adult & Youth Services, Social & Educational Events & FREE HIV Testing