Strike a Pose: In the face of hostility, local drag scene stands tall
Cover Design Credit:Scott Southwick
Cover Photography Credit:Courtesy of Asheville Drag Brunch
The local and national climate for drag queens and kings feels especially fraught. Events are protested, and in Tennessee performances on public property are now banned. But despite these challenges, the Asheville drag community continues to host events practically every day. And many of these performances benefit communities in need.
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Letter: The trouble with electric buses"We should use and maintain what we have (except nukes), manufacture mainly two-stroke diesel bus (and fire engine) parts and address climate change exclusively with municipal abortion funding."
Letter: Women need to use their voting power"We women have to wake up and use our voting power to support what we need. This is clearly the way to protect the future."
Letter: Promote trees, not roads, in our national forests"This forest management plan was supposed to be a framework for long-term sustainability of our national forests and carbon storage but instead puts wildlife habitats and old-growth areas at an…
Letter: Solutions needed for downtown homeless situation"I feel like if this situation isn’t seriously addressed, it will have a long-term negative effect on Asheville and its many businesses that rely on tourism."
Wheels on the bus
Letter: A disconcerting downtown experience"Clusters of mostly men had gathered in the shadows of every doorway. No one spoke to us or even acknowledged us, but I was glad I wasn’t alone."
Letter: Asheville’s sad descent"It has become a place where local people cannot afford to live and many of us no longer want to visit."
Letter: Downtown problems need city, county attention"I have felt a creepy vibe when I have gone downtown because of the difficulty of finding parking and the homeless folks camped out on sidewalks."
Mind the gap