Film fest announced

BOONE, N.C. — The 14th Annual Queer Film Series will be held at Appalachian State University during the spring semester. It is presented by the Office of Multicultural Student Development.

On March 19, 7 p.m., “*deepsouth*” will be screened in the Blue Ridge Ballroom at the Student Union. Afterward listen to a panel discussion with Lisa Biagiotti, an independent journalist and filmmaker who created the piece.

The film explores the rural American South and the people who inhabit its most distant corners. Beneath layers of history, poverty, and now soaring HIV infections, four Americans redefine traditional Southern values to create their own solutions to survive.

Joshua, a college student, seeks the support of an underground gay family located miles from his suffocating Mississippi Delta hometown. With no funds and few resources, Monica and Tammy tirelessly try to unite reluctant participants at their annual HIV retreat in rural Louisiana. Kathie, an Alabama activist, spends 120 days every year on the road fighting a bureaucracy that continues to ignore the South. Each of these stories shares a particular perspective on life with HIV in a region of the United States often ignored by politicians and the public a point of view that turns out to be both educational and inspirational.

This screening is co-sponsored by the Belk Library and Information Commons.

On March 27, 7 p.m., “{Pariah}” will be shown in in 114 Belk Library. It will be followed by a discussion session.

Alike is a Brooklyn, N.Y., 17-year-old teenager who lives with her parents and juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak and family in her search for sexual expression. She is embracing her identity as a lesbian. Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor and tenacity sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward.

On April 2, 7 p.m., “The New Black” will be screened in the Blue Ridge Ballroom in the Student Union. A discussion follows the film.

This documentary focuses on how the African-American community grapples with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights.

info: 828-262-6158.

Pride gears up for festival

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Blue Ridge Pride Festival has announced that it has begun its Spring and Summer fundraising effort.

On March 1, Pride crew participants will hit the lanes for Bowl for Kids’ Sake to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina. Teams consisting of three to five bowlers who sign up for two-hour time slots at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office at 50 S. French Broad Ave., Room 213, and bowl two games. Each member is asked to raise a minimum of $50. Donations to the Pride Power team can be made online at Free pizza, T-shirts and door prizes top of the day.

Asheville’s Mardi Gras parade will be held on March 2, 3 p.m. in the downtown district. Line begins at 2:45 p.m. on Wall St. at Otis St. Join the Pride Krew and hand out beads and other goodies.

On July 12, the 4th Annual Gay 5K will take place at Carrier Park at Amboy Rd. and Michigan Ave. Early bird registration at $25, which runs through June 30, are available now. The first 200 to register online are guaranteed to receive a free Gay 5K T-shirt. On July 1, the registration goes up to $35 and does not guarantee a T-shirt. There will be top prizes for first and second runner in each category on the certified course. Online registration closes at 5 p.m. on July 11.

Contributions are always needed to help support the work of Blue Ridge Pride. They can be made online.


Elders hold estate planning program

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The LGBT Elder Advocates of Western North Carolina will hold a “Domestic Partner Estate Planning” presentation on March 3, 3:30 p.m., at Land Of Sky Regional Council, 339 New Leicester Hwy., Suite 140.

This community networking event will end with a question and answer session will follow, as well as featuring a report by the board on the organization’s progress.


Hike and 5K net new location

HICKORY, N.C. — ALFA’s Hike for Hope and 5K will be held on April 12,1 p.m., beginning at Union Square.

This annual fundraiser helps support the work that ALFA does on behalf of its clients and service to the community in a nine-county area.

Goals for the event include: To demonstrate compassion and care for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS in ALFA’s service area; To increase HIV/AIDS testing, awareness and prevention education messages; To raise funds to fund HIV/AIDS programs at ALFA; To increase the visibility of ALFA as an organization and its mission; and to recruit runners/hiker/walkers to participate in Hike for Hope and 5K.

Registration is from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., along with pre-hike/race activities. Opening ceremonies are at 12:45 p.m. and the walk and 5K follow. Awards and results begin at 2 p.m. Starting at 2:20 p.m., there will be a high heel dash, lasting for 10 minutes. Closing ceremony is at 2:30 p.m.

Fees are $25 for 5K; a $25 commitment for the hike (T-shirt included); $25 for sleep walker; and $10 for the dash.

For those who are unable to attend the event or know that one might want to sleep in, a Sleep Walker, sponsored by The Sleep Shop, entitles participants to get a link as a Hike for Hope and 5K participant.

For those who raise $25 or more receive an event T-shirt.

Registration, participant information, etc., are available online.


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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.