Author, transgender activist and newcomer to Asheville Tina Madison White reflects on the state of the Pride movement in 2016. White is the director of operations for Blue Ridge Pride Center, which will host its eighth annual Pride Festival Saturday, Oct. 1 in Pack Square Park in Asheville.
A rally at Pritchard Park on Tuesday, Sept. 6, was aimed at raising awareness and support for hourly workers to have mandated paid time off. Buncombe County-based legislators Susan Fisher and Terry Van Duyn voiced support and said they will be introducing legislation to address the issue come January.
At its regular meeting on April 12, Asheville City Council passed a strongly-worded resolution calling for the repeal of House Bill 2. Citizens and Council members reflected on the impact of the law on many aspects of life in North Carolina, striking a chord of near-unanimity in wholehearted dissent.
As a rain cloud darkened the sky above Asheville and the wind assaulted unfurled rainbow flags, a storm of anger from the LGBT and allied communities erupted as a crowd of about 300 protesters convened at the Vance Monument in downtown Asheville late Thursday Afternoon. The outpouring of frustration and dissatisfaction stemmed directly from the passage […]
With her win in the District 1 Democratic primary, Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is slated to become the first openly LGBT Buncombe County Commissioner. To get there, she had strong competition from City Councilman Gordon Smith and from another civil rights activist, Isaac Coleman. Since no Republican filed to run for the District 1 seat, Beach-Ferrara is almost certain to take office in the fall after the General Election.
While only one Buncombe County commission seat was actually decided in last night’s primary, in all the races where a woman was running, she was selected by her party.
“Jasmine is kind, compassionate and thoughtful. She values collaboration and works hard to engage all sides of a discussion to find common ground.”
“She will push for affordable housing, strengthen funding for public schools and stand firm at each turn for full LGBT equality.”
“Jasmine’s visionary leadership and ability to organize and deliver social change is why she has my vote.”
“Jasmine has my support because she is dedicated to working at the intersections of justice needed within our community.”
An international panel, led by Mayor Christine Tolbert-Norman of Bentol, Liberia, will discuss the status of women worldwide in a celebration of International Women’s Day at Warren Wilson College on Monday, March 7.
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara’s 2016 primary voter guide profile.
“She has a strong background in working with underserved communities, and we believe this needs to be strengthened with the commissioners.”
“Jasmine has incredible vision — she sees possibility and solutions where others see intractable problems.”
“Most important, Jasmine has a greatness of vision and an ability to bring people together to get things done.”
For two weeks in October, 20 same-sex couples applied for — and were refused — marriage licenses in Buncombe County. Their efforts culminated in a rally and an act of civil disobedience that led to an arrest. This WE DO campaign drew national attention and, in many ways, demonstrates a different approach to LGBT activism.