Girls hit the hills

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Indigo Girls will bring their music style to The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave., on June 23 at 8 p.m.

Grammy Award winners Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have been a staple for southern audiences. The indie artists’ music is infused with “folk-tinged” pop songs.

Joining them will be The Good Graces, an indie folk group who hail from Atlanta, Ga.

Ticket purchase is available online and is $34/advance, $39/day of show which comes with a free download of the duo’s new “One Lost Day” album.


Youth raises funds

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Youth OUTright is on the fundraising track during the coming months.

On May 23, 1:30-4:30 p.m.,the group will hold a carwash at Fuddrucker’s, 130 Charlotte St. Support of the event helps bring Western North Carolina’s only prom for LGBT and allied youth. Cost is $5. The “It’s YO Prom: We’re All a Little Queer Here” will be held on June 6, 7 p.m., at Toy Boat Community Arts Center, 101 Fairview Rd. Participants will be able to dance the night away to DJ SteadyLove’s tunes. A photo booth will help capture memories for everyone. Adult chaperones will be onsite for the alcohol and drug-free event.

In addition to supporting the prom, 10 percent of the proceeds will benefit the organization’s homelessness project for LGBT youth in the area, E. Keith Bramlett, board chair, shared in a release.

Through July 5, customers can donate a dime at Greenlife, 70 Merrimon Ave., as part of the store’s Bag Donation Program. Reusable bags normally net 10 cents as a refund for consumers, but during this program, YouthOUTright will be the recipient of the funds raised.

Since the beginning of the year, youth have engaged in a plethora of activities including: attendance at the 27th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change and the ASPYRE (A Safer Place for Youth to Reach for Excellence) Leadership Camp; performed in and attended the University of North Carolina – Asheville theatre production of “Qtopia” inspired by the experiences of local youth; organized and participated in two community forums on LGBT homelessness; worked with Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) in local high schools; participated in the Flapjack Fundraiser cosponsored by SisterCare WNC and the Asheville Prime Timers in Asheville and Hendersonville; and attended the LGBT in the South Conference sponsored by the Campaign for Southern Equality.

Youth OUTright is open to those who are 14-23.


Care org seeks volunteers

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — SisterCare WNC, which provides services to the LGBT community, is seeking volunteers for its board to fill vacancies.

The organization has seen a sustained growth over the years and wants to be able to continue providing “dignified services” to those in need.

Candidates should have a desire to make a difference by providing positive impact on the community, be an active, integral team player, lead a team or group effectively and generate results, have a working knowledge of or a willingness to learn about non-profit organizational functionality and share the vision to steer the organization to meet community needs and desires, Vice President Sandra Johnson shared.

For more information or to apply for the board,email Linda Jones at by June 10.


Conference deemed success

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The LGBT in the South Conference held on April 17-18 at the Diana Wortham Theatre welcomed 500 activists and organizers from across 17 states.

The Citizen-Times reported that participants were asked to choose their own pronoun upon arrival. Gender-neutral restrooms were made available to all participants. There were also Spanish interpreters present.

Keynote speaker was long-time activist Mandy Carter who said, “When you have change happening for women, for people of color, for LGBT people and their allies, that’s permanent, that stays.”

Included in the conference were organizational skills building workshops, LGBT Southerner discussion and attorney Continuing Legal Education sessions.

The conference is a project of the the Campaign for Southern Equality based in Asheville, N.C. Its executive director Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara and the conference team shared, “Our hearts are full and our spirits high after two days of connecting and asking hard, critical questions about the path ahead. As we build this movement for justice and equality across the South, it’s so critical to take time to gather and learn from each other.”


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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.