Rory Philbrick was the feature of a September issue of The Huffington Post. Photo Credit: OUTRright Youth Facebook page

Teen featured in HuffPost

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Transgender youth activist Rory Philbrick was featured in an article published on HuffPost.

The teen, a member of Youth OUTRight, has worked to create a tolerant and safe community for LGBTQ youth as they come of age in a less tolerant and safe society. He has battled against the ills of HB2 and HB142 and continues his “second job that doesn’t pay” to bring about justice for those whose lives are impacted by unjust laws.

Philbrick knows too well how an intolerant world looks. He dropped out of high school after bullying made life there too uncomfortable. He is now studying to obtain his General Educational Development diploma while he works part-time as a grocery cashier.

He spends his time traveling the state attending conferences and doing everything he can to champion LGBTQ youth.

Philbrick’s future plans are to become a professional activist.

“I want to do human rights activism. Not just for queer people — for people of color, anybody who’s not a cis, straight, heterosexual, white male. I hope the world gets better. But you have to fight for that,” he said.


Women hold Halloween dance

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Asheville Lesbian Social Club will hold a Halloween women’s dance on Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., at Club Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St.

The Grove House will be all decked out in “spooktacular” form as it welcomes attendees. DJ Esella T will spin tunes and Betty’s scary snacks will be available, as well as filtered water and a cash bar.

Admission is $10 and includes free entry to Scandals with a stamp from the bartender.


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Alliance holds potluck

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Diversity Alliance of Asheville will hold a welcome newcomers’ potluck on Oct. 28, 7 p.m., at Kairos West, 742 Haywood Rd. W.

Participants are asked to bring a dish and soft beverages to share.

All are invited.


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Does your organization or special interest group have events or great information to share with our readers? If so, be sure to send in your information to In the upcoming months, we’ll feature one of you in our news notes section in each issue. Are you a part of a Meetup, Yahoo or Google group and do you do something that’s really newsworthy? Do you provide a service for the community or hold fundraisers for worthy causes? Do you educate the public about LGBTQ issues or concerns? Of course, this is only a sampling of things we are interested in. It’s the aim of these pieces to inform, enlighten and educate our readers about what we’re doing here in the Carolinas to champion LGBTQ rights, as well as offer resources for those who may be interested in what your group is doing.

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.