Youth OUTright launches Campaign 8

In case you haven’t heard of Asheville’s Youth OUTright, it’s an organization that supports and empowers gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning young people (ages 14-23) in Western North Carolina.

Youth OUTright recently launched Campaign 8, encouraging everyone to “spread the word about the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ youth.” Here’s how it works: Watch the video (below), share it with eight friends and contribute a minimum of $8 to the cause. Says the organization, “If each of your friends contributes a minimum $8, Youth OUTright will be able to deliver much needed services to the LGBTQ youth community in Asheville and throughout Western North Carolina.”

Youth OUTright holds social meetings each Sunday, 4-6 p.m., usually at the Jefferson House (21 Edwin Place., Asheville, next to the Unitarian Universalist Church). Meetings and locations are posted here; the next one (on Sunday, Jan. 23) features hip-hop, salsa and tango dance instruction. Meetings are free and confidential, refreshments are served, chosen names are honored, meetings are facilitated but parents are asked to wait outside and youth who aren’t gay but are still interested in attending are quite welcome. More questions? Check here. Follow @YouthOUTright on Twitter.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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