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Network hosts fundraiser

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — “Queerly Beloved” dinner theatre variety and drag show will be held on Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St.

This fundraising event helps to support Tranzmission’s Trans LGBQ Homeless Network and Be Loved House.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with show following at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at Malaprops Bookstore and Cafe, 55 Haywood St., and are $10-$25 on a sliding scale donation basis. Small plates are available for $6.

Tranzmission offers a variety of services from support groups for the trans community and a source guide, among others. One key project for the group is their work with LGBT homeless individuals. Be Loved House was established to house them. Currently, it is undergoing renovations and is closed, but will open soon. It will have five beds available.

In 2003, the organization also created the Tranzmission Prison Project that sends reading material to LGBT prisoners across the U.S. They work in tandem with Asheville Prison Books which fielded letters from LGBT prisoners seeking targeted books and resources. Tranzmission took on the responsibility of responding to the correspondence, sending books and finding pen pals and legal information for LGBT prisoners. Volunteers meet on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. to read mail and assemble books and mail packages.


Healthcare workshop planned

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A Living Healthy for the LGBTQ Community six-week workshop will be held from March 11-April 15, 4 p.m., at Kairos West Community Center, 742 Haywood Rd.

The workshop is designed to assist people with chronic health conditions in feeling better, healthier and happier.

Participants will be able to learn about how to manage symptoms, work well with a healthcare team, transform frustration and stress, relax, maintain a healthy weight and set goals while accomplishing them.

Workshop leaders are Jane Kennedy and Lula Moon.

Contributions will be accepted for the sessions, but is not required.

To register, call 828-251-7438 or email


Ambassadors sought

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Western North Carolina AIDS Project is currently seeking ambassadors for its Dining Out for Life event to be held on April 30.

Dining Out for Life began in Philadelphia, Penn., in 1991 and has grown to 60 cities now throughout the nation and Canada.

Volunteers should email Chris Winebrenner at to learn more.


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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.