Side by Side
P.O. Box 5542
Richmond VA 23220-0542
Mission Statement

Side by Side (formerly ROSMY) is dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish.

CEO/Executive Director Mx. Ted Lewis
Board Chair Michael Thorne-Begland
Board Chair Company Affiliation Altria Group
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 5542
Richmond, VA 232200542
Telephone 804 644-4800
Fax 804 644-4368
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1991
Former Names
Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth1991
Site Visit No
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $365,200.00
Projected Expenses $421,139.00

Side by Side (formerly ROSMY) is dedicated to creating supportive communities where Virginia’s LGBTQ+ youth can define themselves, belong, and flourish.

Impact Past Years
  • Side by Side continues to be Central Virginia's leader in providing support groups, leadership development, healthy social activities and resources to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth.
  • In the 2015/2016 fiscal year, Side by Side served almost 300 LGBTQ+ and allied youth in Central Virginia.
  • In just the last three years, Side by Side has trained over 5,000 teachers, social workers, counselors, law enforcement officers, and other youth workers to address the unique needs of LGBTQ+ youth through our training program.
  • Side by Side continued to address the evolving needs of LGBTQ+ youth through innovative programs including a transgender specific support group and developed a program to support middle school students ages 11-13.

Current Year

  • Side by Side is exploring opportunities for growth including increasing services for LGBTQ+ and allied youth experiencing unstable housing and homelessness. 
  • Side by Side's trainings will continue to expand reach and broaden the number of safe spaces in our community, including providing training opportunities on the unique needs of transgender youth.
  • Increase volunteer support through committee participation in the following areas: communications, programs and services, technology, and special events
  • Volunteer support for support group facilitators
  • Donor support through monetary or in-kind donations

Founded in 1991, Side by Side (formerly ROSMY) is the only organization in the area serving the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Side by Side provides the following weekly programs in Richmond: Youth Engaged in Leadership, LGBTQ support group, middle school support group and transgender support group. Additionally, Side by Side provides a youth center with drop in hours, crisis intervention for youth, a 24/7 youth support hotline and referrals and resources for youth, parents and service providers. Side by Side also provides a weekly LGBTQ support group in Charlottesville. Side by Side provides trainings for school personnel and human service providers throughout Central Virginia on addressing the unique needs of LGBTQ young people.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Southside Virginia
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Sussex County
Charles City County
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
Lancaster County
Louisa County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
New Kent County
Northumberland County
Hampton Roads
Northern Neck
Northern Virginia
Shenandoah Valley
Southwest Virginia
While our primary focus is on youth in the Central Virginia and Blue Ridge regions, through the youth support line, we receive calls from LGBTQ youth from all over the Commonwealth of Virginia. Because we are the only agency in Virginia that provide services specifically designed for LGBTQ youth, we have also had youth attend support groups from all parts of the state.  Side by Side also has a wider geographic footprint through the our training efforts.
Board Chair
Board Chair Michael Thorne-Begland
Company Affiliation Altria Group
Term July 2016 to June 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Robert Acosta-Lewis Hunton & Williams
Trudy Akande Community Volunteer
Ryan J. Arey Catholic Charities
John Ashley Community Volunteer
Melissa Burroughs Altria
Sarah Cribbs Randolph-Macon College
Lisa Halberstadt Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Psychiatry
Stacey Lawson Capital One
Rev. Weston Mathews St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Cameron McPherson The Hodges Partnership
Sue Ann Messmer Virginia Commonwealth University
Wanda S. Mitchell Virginia Commonwealth University
Dalal Salomon Salomon & Ludwin, LLC
Watson Seaman Hunton & Williams LLP
Michael Thorne-Begland Altria
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
Katherine Busser Capital One
Alan Cohn University of Virginia
Marge Connelly
Dr. Oliver Hill Jr.Virginia State University
Jeffrey Lacker Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Sen. Donald McEachin
John Sherman
Kristen Szakos
Allison Weinstein
Executive Director
Executive Director Mx. Ted Lewis

Ted started at Side by Side as ED after serving as the University of Richmond's first ever Associate Director for LGBTQ+ Campus Life.  Ted has over a decade of experience working with LGBTQ+ youth in the south working at colleges like UNC Charlotte and non-profit organizations such as Campus Pride.

Former CEOs
Mr. John Dougherty Mar 2006 - Feb 2010
Ms. Beth Paniliatis May 2010 - Nov 2015
Senior Staff
Jess Cook Youth Programs Director
Charles Dyson Associate Director
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 81
Contractors 1
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Advocates for Richmond Youth
Art 180
VCU School of Social Work
University of Richmond
Virginia State University 
Virginia Commonwealth University
Health Brigade
Virginia Anti-Violence Project
Equality Virginia
Diversity Richmond
P-FLAG (Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
He, She, Ze, & We
Virginia Home for Boys & Girls
Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities
Central Virginia Rainbow Partnership2009
HandsOn Greater Richmond2008
Richmond History Makers for Improving Social JusticeValentine History Center2009
Peacemaker of the yearRichmond Peace Education Center2009
Fitz-Turner Award for outstanding leadership in promoting positive intergroup relationsVirginia Education Association2006
Community Advocate AwardThe Univeristy of Virginia Teen Health Center2011
Outstanding Virginian AwardEquality Virginia2016
  • Side by Side Richmond and Charlottesville LGBTQ+ support groups meet weekly
  • Side by Side also provides a middle school and transgender support group weekly as well as drop-in hours at our Richmond youth center
  • Side by Side's toll-free youth support hot line is available 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week (888-644-4390)
  • One-on-One meetings with youth and parents who need guidance and support when dealing with sexual orientation and gender identity development
  • Special events and outings for youth throughout the community
  • Life skills and art programming for LGBTQ+ youth
  • Health education and development
  • Steve Midgett Memorial Library with a large collection of LGBT books and resources 


Long Term Success

All youth, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identify, will have the resources and support that they need to be physically and emotionally healthy and that they will go on to be active and productive members of society.

  • Teamwork and group leadership training
  • Public speaking coaching and presentation
  • Advocacy skill development and engagement
  • Community organizing
  • Fee for service training accredited by the National Association of Social Workers available to individuals and organizations including schools, Social Services, Juvenile Court Services and community mental health providers among others
  • Guest speakers are available for a variety of engagement and topic areas
  • Consulting- working with organizations to increase capacity to serve the LGBTQ+ community
  • Access to resources through the Steve Midgett Memorial Library
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $365,200.00
Projected Expenses $421,139.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$5,007$0
Individual Contributions$119,978$196,327$124,405
Investment Income, Net of Losses$585$452$265
Membership Dues------
Special Events$116,022($26,423)$84,503
Revenue In-Kind$6,464$40,170$5,787
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$268,378$222,568$201,263
Administration Expense$41,548$55,840$48,403
Fundraising Expense$38,169$55,325$68,199
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.221.031.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%67%63%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%18%19%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$701,003$634,699$620,379
Current Assets$332,662$265,354$242,474
Long-Term Liabilities$210,355$223,855$227,486
Current Liabilities$25,555$24,653$15,980
Total Net Assets$465,093$386,191$376,913
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.0210.7615.17
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets30%35%37%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View