Women to dance

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — PrideFest 2014 Women’s Dance will be held on Oct. 4, 9 p.m., at Club Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St., in conjunction with Blue Ridge Pride.

DJ Deanna will spin. A cash bar will be available for beverage purchases.

The event is sponsored by The Grove House where a host of entertainment options will be available during the evening’s festivities.

Admission is $12/general, $15/with free admission to Scandals and The Boiler Room afterward. (Note: all three bars are located at the same address.)

info: elevenongrove.com.

Rally to be major aspect of Pride celebration

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — On Oct. 3, 6 p.m., a marriage equality rally will be held at Pack Square Park, 121 College St., to highlight the struggle of gays and lesbians to achieve the same rights as other straight couples, the ability to marry whom they choose and if married elsewhere, be recognized in North Carolina.

GayAshevilleNC and Blue Ridge Pride and its community outreach are the organizers of the celebration rally and is expected to draw hundreds of supporters from across Western North Carolina to show the state legislature that it is time for the freedom to marry.

The program will consist of testimonials from couples, both married and only partnered awaiting to be married, on what it means to them to be recognized. Joining them will be area clergy who both support and have taken a strong stand to overturn North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage, along with supportive congregations. They will lend their insights and perspectives on the issue. Straight couples and allies will also be participants for the event.

Guest performances from Cantaria, Asheville’s gay men’s chorus, and poet and lyricist Gavin Dillard will highlight the rally.

The grand finale will be a celebration of equality unity with the LGBT community, clergy and straight allies together vowing to continue until the North Carolina ban is dissolved.

For those who attend, organizers are asking everyone to wear red and show support.

Email Jerry Conners @ gayasheville@gmail.com to be a participant.

info: gayasheville.com.

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.