Besides promoting "unity and visibility among lesbians, gay men, bisexual and transgendered people," Blue Ridge Pride hopes to create a LGBTQ community center in Asheville. Photo by Michael Muller

Pride minus prejudice

Pride in Asheville — we're not talking your run-of-the-mill civic pride (which is great too), but LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning), Pride — has evolved over the years. There were colorful parades, performers in Pritchard Park, countless parties and after-parties. Last year's gathering on Lexington Avenue was a well-attended and celebratory affair with […]

Gun Hill Road, set in the Bronx, is the story of a Latino father home from prison who has to come to terms with the fact that his son is transitioning to a woman.

Ready for their closeup

According to Robert Gaston, a filmmaker and the organizer of Asheville's first-ever LGBTQ film festival, QFest, there are certain programming rules for the opening feature. "You never open with a documentary, or a lesbian feature, or a foreign-language film," says Gaston. These are not written-in-stone statutes, and Gaston (with partner Michael Sheldon) quickly broke one […]