On second thought: Commissioners approve discrimination ban, will need additional vote-attachment0

On second thought: Commission­ers approve discrimina­tion ban, will need additional vote

After hearing more than 40 minutes of public comment on the matter, commissioners voted 4-3 to add language that protects Buncombe County workers from harassment based on sexual orientation to the personnel ordinance. Above, Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality Jasmine Beach-Ferrara smiles after speaking in favor of the expansion of the county’s nondiscrimination statement.  (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)

Stepping out: Day of Visibility celebrates Asheville’­s transgende­r community

The second annual International Transgender Day of Visibility-Asheville happens Friday and Saturday, March 30-31. And while many folks may wonder why another LGBTQ pride event is necessary, our local transgender community clearly needs a day of its own. For too long, "transgender" has been limited to overpriced conferences celebrating victimhood, hot "she-male" porn sites and […]