Youth org seeks support

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Youth Outright’s Executive Director Jim Faucett has called upon the community to support the efforts of the organization and its youth by making a tax-deductible contribution.

He shared that support is critical at this time to continue to offer its constituents a place to receive information and guidance on dealing with bullying, isolation and other challenges experienced by today’s LGBT youth. They continue to be reached and empowered by Youth Outright.

Recently, a representative of the state’s ACLU met with Youth Outright, sharing how to deal with constitutional rights to form GSAs and to take a same-sex partner to their high school prom, Faucett said.

Visit the website to make a contribution and to find out ways to support the organization and its youth.


JCC hosts Pride celebration

ASHEVILLE — The LGBTQ Jew crew is celebrating Pride month with a night pool bash on June 27, 7 p.m., at the Asheville Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte St.

Enjoy camaraderie with new and old friends alike.

Attendees are welcome to bring snacks and drinks to share. However, due to this being a pool event, no glass containers are permitted in the pool area.


Road trip planned for Pride

BOONE, N.C. — High Country Pride will head to the Queen City on July 9 to have a come out and play day in the sun at Carowinds.

Park admission is $40 which will be collected by July 1 for those who wish to attend. For those who wish to purchase their own tickets online directly will pay $45.

A carpool will caravan to the park and participants are asked to chip in for gas money.

Trip details and payment information should be emailed to


Church gathering planned

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — The Metropolitan Community Church Carolinas Network Gathering, “Becoming the Church We’ve Been Called to Be,” will be held from Aug. 21-22 at MCC Sacred Journey, 1735 5th Ave. W.

“Stir It Up! Celebrating and Sharing Our Giftedness” will kick off the two-day event on Friday evening. Spoken word, music, movement and more will showcase artistic gifts and talents.

A full day of workshops, discussion and workshop will fill the day on Saturday.

More details will be shared as they become available.

Rev. Brenden Boone serves as the network leader. Email him to learn more at


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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.