Born in Ireland and raised in Virginia, the author first came to the Asheville area (which she called home for 17 years) as an undergraduate at Warren Wilson College.
“Some days I’m like, ‘Nope, not gonna do that. People are gonna think that’s crazy,’” Smith says. “Sometimes it’s like, ‘Just get it down on the page. Let’s see what happens.’”
“The Fine Arts Theatre graciously screened the film Reel In The Closet … which turned out to be a very successful fundraiser for the LGBT Elder Advocates of WNC, whose mission is to enrich the lives of LGBT seniors in Western North Carolina by connecting LGBT people to necessary resources and promoting cultural change.”
“Instead of disappointing fans and costing many folks their income that depends on revenue from concerts in our state, [Dead & Company] provided needed funds for us to battle inequality within North Carolina.”
“I’m confused about all the talk of this LGBT legislation. People should be free to choose any sandwich they want — lettuce, garlic, bacon and tomato is as good as any.”
“This legislation negatively impacts the well-being of all North Carolinians.”
‘The climate of hate, fear and violence darkening our beautiful state will clear as the rest of us find the courage to stand up and speak up for all of God’s children.’
“Maybe we as a society could open our hearts to these people as being our fellow human beings, regardless of gender identity.”
“If the governor sincerely believes that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is just as bad as racism, why isn’t he pushing as hard as he can to get those groups added to HB2’s list of protected classes?’
“I don’t want to see transgendered people’s rights violated in any way, but given the transgendered make up only around 0.03 percent of the U.S. population, what about the rights of the other 99.7 percent? Just asking.”
“We have a responsibility as a community to show up for each other and to speak up when someone is in danger. Our transgender community is in danger.”
“While it is absolutely cruel and evil that this law is targeted primarily at the transgender community, what virtually nobody seems to know is that it impacts all of us, by stripping away our rights. “
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 […]
Fifteen thousand patients visit the Minnie Jones Health Center in downtown Asheville each year. Most of them are low-income residents of the area, often under- or uninsured. More than 200 of them are transgender patients seeking care at the center, which is run by Western North Carolina Community Health Services.
Fresh off a Supreme Court victory for marriage equality, Blue Ridge Pride Festival 15 has even more to celebrate this year, including new participants and a new status for its sponsor.
Asheville Music Hall hosts the 18+ event on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m.
Activists who gathered Thursday night, Nov. 20, during the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TdoR) say there is ongoing danger toward transgender people living in Asheville, and it may not be an issue that is on people’s radar. “There is danger for transgender people living in Asheville. I know of transgender women who have faced danger […]
The U.S. Supreme Court responded today, Aug. 20, to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision last month to strike down a same-sex marriage ban by issuing a stay that bars the practice pending further action by the court. The move is a disappointment to equality advocates who hoped that today’s deadline would pass without […]
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals’ July 28 ruling to strike down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage could have implications for North Carolina’s Amendment One, according to the Campaign for Southern Equality.