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By blueridgepride | January 8, 2023

Generation Plus works to leverage the power of the LGBTQ+55+ community through education, advocacy, service, and celebration. 

By blueridgepride | December 20, 2022

Holidays can be wonderful.  They can also be challenging.  Fortunately, many of our community partners are keeping the lights on.  Don't hesitate to reach out.  You deserve it!

By blueridgepride | November 29, 2022

Let us know your preferences for future gatherings.

By blueridgepride | October 20, 2022

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By blueridgepride | October 17, 2022

We are so grateful to our performers - all of them local to our community. Featured here are photos of our Main Stage, Cafe Stage, and DRAG performers, as...

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By blueridgepride | October 17, 2022

Thank you Sponsors!!

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By blueridgepride | October 17, 2022

What an amazing day! Check out our photos of the Welcoming WNC Procession and Blue Ridge Pride Festival. If you have photos and videos to share, upload them to...

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By blueridgepride | October 17, 2022

Each year, we count on our exhibitors to deliver the messaging and services at the festival. That’s why we put so much stress on bringing as many different organizations...

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By blueridgepride | September 19, 2022

Main Stage Lineup 11:00 AM Opening & National Anthem Led by the Asheville Gay Men's Chorus 11:15 AM – Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus The Asheville Gay Men's Chorus entertains,...

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By blueridgepride | July 1, 2022

We seek to make the Pride Portal a community-driven information resource. Here is how you can get involved.

By blueridgepride | July 1, 2022

We use a software tool, Signup Sheets, to register volunteers to work at events and on projects where no interview is required. This is a quick guide for any...

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By blueridgepride | June 17, 2022

Blue Ridge Pride traces its roots back to 2009, when the community banded together to hold its first festival on a public space in Martin Luther King Park. For...

By blueridgepride | June 16, 2022

Archive of videos of past PRBC events.

By blueridgepride | June 16, 2022

News coverage of Blue Ridge Pride.

By blueridgepride | June 16, 2022

Our Mission & Vision Our mission is to promote equality, safety, and quality of life for western North Carolina’s LGBTQ and allied communities, working as a united community through...

By blueridgepride | June 14, 2022

If you are having trouble adapting a picture you want to use on our site to our size and ratio requirements, here is a free tool you can use.

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By blueridgepride | June 14, 2022

A central source for links to forms and information that volunteers may find helpful.

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By blueridgepride | June 7, 2022

There are a lot of incredible archives that capture the rich history and culture of the LQBTQ+ community. Check these out!

By blueridgepride | May 23, 2022

Blue Ridge Pride encourages visitors to use the transportation options with the lowest carbon footprint.

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By blueridgepride | May 10, 2022

Instructions for managing posts and oral histories.

By blueridgepride | April 1, 2022

RASP is North Carolina's online alcohol safety training that is required of volunteers who want to serve alcohol at events.  It only takes 15-20 minutes.

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By blueridgepride | March 25, 2022

All Performers, or their parent / guardian if they are under 18 years old, must review and consent to the following policies, releases and waivers.

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By blueridgepride | March 25, 2022

Overview of terms and conditions for performers at Blue Ridge Pride events.

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By blueridgepride | March 25, 2022

An Opportunity for Community Services, Advocates, Artists, and Businesses

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By blueridgepride | March 15, 2022

A virtual series of spotlights on our LGBTQ community leaders and influencers.

By blueridgepride | March 12, 2022

Summary of key changes. How we select vendors.

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By blueridgepride | February 9, 2022

Please complete these steps at your earliest convenience.

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By blueridgepride | January 31, 2022

This is a Daily / Weekly / Monthly checklist of tasks for maintaining the virtual center. It includes direct links to complete each task and some basic instructions.

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By blueridgepride | January 30, 2022

Our Contact Information Please note: We do not have a physical center to visit.  We maintain a virtual center to better serve our rural community. General Email: Hello@BlueRidgePride.org Mail: PO...

By blueridgepride | January 30, 2022

How to get your post noticed where it needs to be noticed.

By blueridgepride | January 29, 2022

These links will only work for a few people with access to the backend of the site.

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By blueridgepride | January 24, 2022

We explain the rules of the road for submitting news, articles, events, and other content to the site.

By blueridgepride | January 23, 2022

These links are intended for internal use only.

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By blueridgepride | January 17, 2022

Instructions for using our Volunteer Sign-up Sheets.

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By blueridgepride | January 17, 2022

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) announced a new program for LGBT entrepreneurs, as well a $500,000 investment in expanding highly successful programming established during the pandemic through...

By blueridgepride | January 17, 2022

Certification offers access to many government and business supplier programs. If you join the Carolinas LGBT Chamber of Commerce, your certification is covered in the cost of membership!

By blueridgepride | January 17, 2022

Formal Business Certification Programs offer participating businesses access to contracting set-asides with various government organizations and many large corporations. They also provide access to training, scholarships, and a national...

By blueridgepride | January 13, 2022

We are a community-based oral history and physical artifacts archive dedicated to preserving LGBTQIA+ history of the south. The archive offers community training workshops (where you learn how to...

By blueridgepride | January 13, 2022

There are many ways you can help out.

By blueridgepride | January 13, 2022

Follow us on Instagram @wnc_lgbtqia for the most current news on our project. Publications associated with our archive include . . .

By blueridgepride | January 8, 2022

This grant program will provide 25 grants of $500 to qualifying applicants and nominees. They seek artists who are passionate about leveraging art as a catalyst and force for...

By blueridgepride | January 6, 2022

Conducting an oral history project can be a lot of fun.  Do it with your family, church, or organization.  It is a great way to learn about the person...

By blueridgepride | November 23, 2021

The members of Team Trans, believed to be the first entirely trans sports team in the United States, recently reunited to play their second hockey tournament.

By blueridgepride | November 23, 2021

If you shop at Amazon, you can support our mission, with no additional out-of-pocket costs.

By blueridgepride | November 23, 2021

Come to this fundraising event to support female-driven independent feature film "Whistle Down Wind."

By blueridgepride | November 23, 2021

Find out what you need to understand about powers of attorney at this free webinar.

By blueridgepride | November 3, 2021

We are driven to serve our community, consistent with our mission and vision.  But we are also guided by our identity as an organization.  What is our unique place...

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By blueridgepride | November 1, 2021

Organizations add value to a community in so many ways. We highlight a few that are particularly relevant to our website and audience. We start from a position of...

By blueridgepride | October 31, 2021

A student profiles Professor Wray's efforts to capture the oral history of the WNC LGBTIA+ cmmunity.

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By blueridgepride | September 27, 2021

The following was shared on Face Book on Saturday, the day of the cancelled Blue Ridge Pride festival. Every year, a few in the community question what this event...

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By blueridgepride | September 23, 2021

We appreciate that this cancellation affects our exhibitors, vendors, and sponsors. We want to help you to recover or to redirect your funds as quickly as possible.

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By blueridgepride | September 1, 2021

Our team reached a difficult but unanimous decision last night. We feel that it is in the best interests of our community to cancel our much-anticipated festival. This press...

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By blueridgepride | August 26, 2021

We are monitoring COVID closely, mindful that cancellation is a possibility. We describe the actions we are taking and invite community input to our decision-making process.

By blueridgepride | August 26, 2021

What's a cup of me? What's with the tree?

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By blueridgepride | August 11, 2021

We are excitedly planning for the 9/25 festival and procession in Asheville's Pack Square Park. There is record-setting interest. However, our number one priority is our community's health and...

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By blueridgepride | August 9, 2021

These are the instructions issued by Downtown After Five for their partner program.

By blueridgepride | August 4, 2021

We are taking a more community-driven approach to ensuring security this year.

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By blueridgepride | July 29, 2021

It’s time for some inclusion, y’all! That’s the theme of this year’s Blue Ridge Pride Festival. So, mark your calendar for Saturday, September 25 at Asheville’s Pack Square Park...

By blueridgepride | July 27, 2021

The Blue Ridge Pride Business Alliance is partnering with photographer Lauren Merrell and Youth OUTRight to bring local businesses a unique opportunity. They are invited to become a Strength...

By blueridgepride | July 22, 2021

This is an occasionally updated count of festival exhibitors by category.

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By blueridgepride | July 16, 2021

Thank you, sponsors! This page is for use by current sponsors to maintain their marketing profile and materials.  Create New Profile BRPC Logos / Artwork

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Friday Health Plans

Friday Health Plans is purpose-built specifically for people and who buy their own health insurance. The company focuses on overall simplicity to offer affordable health plans with benefits that help members stay healthy and cover them if they get sick or hurt. Operational efficiency, top-notch customer service, and smart technology are core to Friday’s consumer-centric approach. The company is headquartered in Denver, with its core operations and customer service centers in Alamosa and Pueblo, Colorado.
(844) 465-5500
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Ally

Doing it Right is the core of who we are.
We’re making banking smarter and simpler while serving our communities. We value and encourage the mantra of working better together. Our commitment to our customers has been at the core of who we are for 100 years, this includes connecting with our communities.

SanStone Health & Rehabilitation

Careers with Purpose, Compassionate Care for All
With locations spanning North Carolina, from the mountains to the coast, SanStone Health & Rehabilitation provides rehabilitative care to those transitioning from the hospital to staying at home. We have a full staff of skilled nurses, physical therapists, nutritionists, and more who are passionate about helping our residents achieve a full recovery. At SanStone, you'll find we have a supportive environment for our residents and employees. We believe in teamwork, mentorship, and positivity. You'll gain experience and exposure to growth opportunities when you work with us.
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229 Airport Road, Suite 7-104 Arden North Carolina 28704

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty

A boutique real estate company born and built in the heart of Asheville, NC. Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty offers impeccable service while upholding our commitment of compassion and inclusiveness to our community and the environment. Mosaic's intimate size and deep local roots offer the ideal mix of knowledge and personalized service that consistently places us among the top firms for sales per agent in the area. Our team of amazing full time agents is singularly equipped to meet your needs, desires and criteria as you enter this exciting journey into a new home. We're very proud to have Anthony Guthmiller represent us at Blue Ridge Pride.
(828) 333-8312
anthonyg@mymosaicrealty.com
60 Biltmore Ave #210 Asheville North Carolina 28806

Givens Communities

Inclusion is a part of daily life for residents and team members at Givens Communities, as nationally recognized by SAGE USA, an advocacy group for elders who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Givens Communities, a leader in quality of life with four distinct senior living communities, outreach ministries and partnerships that support older adults and their families, is proud to be a sponsor this year.

Envision Eyecare

Envisioning Inclusion! We are a local, independent practice that thrives to be connected to our community. We're committed to elevating your care and experience with us. Our unique eyewear collections are consciously hand-selected making sure to fit any style. We are a safe space for all members of the LGBTQ+ community!
(828) 254-6757
info@myenvisioneyecare.com
181 Charlotte St. Asheville North Carolina 28801

Asheville FM

Nonprofit, Volunteer, Community Programmed Radio! We keep Asheville thriving by producing diverse and eclectic programming that inspires our listeners to build connections across our communities and to discover new music and ideas.
(828) 348-0352
info@ashevillefm.org
864 Haywood Rd Asheville North Carolina 28806

Virtelle Hospitality

rlintin@virtelle.com

Blue Ridge Public Radio
Matone Counseling and Testing

Matone Counseling and Testing enables great clinicians to provide diverse services to our entire community. We're excited and honored to sponsor Blue Ridge Pride this year!
(704) 503-8196
support@matonecounseling.com
1550 Hendersonville Rd Asheville North Carolina 28803

University of North Carolina Asheville
Western North Carolina Community Health Services

WNCCHS is a community health center dedicated to providing affordable and quality healthcare to all Western North Carolinians. We specialize in LGBTQ+ and trans-affirming healthcare, and we offer primary care, dental, vision, and behavioral health as well as an on-site pharmacy.
(828) 285-0622
info@wncchs.org
257 Biltmore Avenue Asheville North Carolina 28801

Fosnight Center for Sexual Health

Our mission at the Fosnight Center is to restore the fullness and richness of life through accessible, whole-person, integrative treatment and education for sexual healing and wellness. At the Fosnight Center, we recognize the pieces and put them together to create an individualized treatment plan through a multi-disciplinary team approach. You will have the opportunity to be evaluated by our medical providers, pelvic health physical therapist, and sex therapist in order to look at the whole picture of your sexual health concern. We believe that sexual health matters for everyone and that you have the sexual right to restore your mind, empower your body, and optimize your pleasure.
(828) 724-7166
info@fosnightcenter.com
6 Yorkshire Street Suite D Asheville North Carolina 28803

The Matt & Molly Team

The Matt & Molly Team is FULL of pride for our amazing Asheville community and the great work we do together to promote equity, inclusion and growth. With our roots in goodness, kindness and joy, we stand strong both AS members of and FOR members of the LGBTQAI+ community in Asheville and around the world.
(828) 210-1697
info@themattandmollyteam.com
86 Asheland Ave Asheville North Carolina 28801

Mind Your Business, Inc.

sales@mybinc.com

Asheville Drag Brunch

Asheville Drag Brunch is designed to showcase local and guest professional drag queens, promote local restaurant and bar businesses, and support local non-profit organizations. All profits from our shows go to local charities. So c'mon lazy pants, DRAG yourself to brunch! At family-friendly Asheville Drag Brunch a diverse all-star cast of professional drag queens reign supreme, performing to raise money for local charities. Laugh, interact, and belt out your favorite upbeat tunes all while enjoying brunch-- and helping others! Birthday? Bachelorette? Divorce? Celebrate your BIG DAY with us. http://www.AshevilleDragBrunch.com/
(828) 333-7247
AshevilleDragBrunch@gmail.com

Tabatha Hamlin State Farm

All Neighbors Welcome!
(828) 676-2264
tabby@wncinsurance.org
3839 Hendersonville Rd Fletcher North Dakota 28732

Patton Avenue Pet Company

We are a different breed of pet supply store- with 3 Asheville locations to help you give your pets the best care possible! We carry a curated selection of the healthiest foods and best quality pet products we can find. Our staff is knowledgeable and happy to help you select the products you need to keep your pets healthy and happy! Check out the new self-service dog washing stations at our South Asheville location!
(828) 575-9282
info@pattonavenuepet.com
109 Patton Avenue Asheville North Carolina 28801

Avita Pharmacy

Avita is a national pharmacy services organization with deep expertise in HIV, PrEP, STI, LGBTQ+, and gender-affirming care. Patients who receive their pharmacy care from Avita are respected as individuals. We understand and know how to address the needs of communities who are often disproportionately affected by complex health conditions. Motivated by the concept of exceptional service and the delivery of compassionate care, we help unlock the full potential of health for all.
(888) 824-8279
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Asheville FM

We keep Asheville thriving by producing diverse and eclectic programming that inspires our listeners to build connections across our communities and to discover new music and ideas. Find your radio voice! Volunteer to join our community station staff or support our programs through a tax-deductible business sponsorship or individual donation!
(828) 348-0352
volunteer@ashevillefm.org
864 Haywood Rd. Asheville North Carolina 28806

Aeroflow Healthcare

At Aeroflow, we celebrate diversity and are committed to fostering a safe and inclusive space for our LGBTQ community, customers, and coworkers. We will continue listening, learning, and acting to reflect our stakeholders' unique experiences and perspectives. We are grateful to join in the Blue Ridge Pride Festival as we work together to embody our inclusive community.
(888) 345-1780

3165 sweeten creek road asheville North Carolina 28803

Deltec Homes

Deltec Homes is a local family-owned prefab manufacturer who has been building homes around the world for over 50 years. We are known for our high performance homes built sustainably. They include hurricane resistant homes that have survived some of the most catastrophic hurricanes on record as well as homes that have achieved some of the highest levels of sustainability including being awarded the DOE's stringent Zero Energy Ready Home Innovation Award multiple times. We are very proud of our achievements as a responsible business entity, being the first prefab manufacturer in the nation to achieve B Corp status as well as our continuing and active work in diversity and inclusion.
(828) 253-0483

69 Bingham Road Asheville North Carolina 28806

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By blueridgepride | July 16, 2021

Strength in Pride / Business Alliance Order Form Welcome!  Thank you for all that you do to support our community. How it works: Select from one of four collection...

By blueridgepride | July 10, 2021

Crowd Manager certification is an online training that focuses on fire safety and emergencies. We are required by North Carolina to have a certain number of crowd managers at...

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By blueridgepride | July 1, 2021

Submit a Workflow Form

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By blueridgepride | June 28, 2021

Carolinas LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce Announces Partnership with Blue Ridge Pride As They Continue Their Regional Expansion to include Western North Carolina

By blueridgepride | June 8, 2021

Campaign for Southern Equality launches it updated guide to over 400 Trans-Affirming medical and legal service providers in the South.

By blueridgepride | May 12, 2021

Summary of key board duties

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By blueridgepride | April 23, 2021

Mountain Xpress interviews Amanda Wray about the project's adjustments to COVID and its expansion into Spanish-language interviews.

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By blueridgepride | March 19, 2021

2020 In 2020, Blue Ridge Pride reduced fundraising efforts, encouraging our sponsors to lend their support to organizations most affected by COVID.  Our board also elected to draw down...

By blueridgepride | March 1, 2021

Exhibitors are vital to our festival. We address a few common misconceptions and offer a few tips for getting the most out of the day.

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By blueridgepride | January 19, 2021

In 2020, Blue Ridge Pride reduced fundraising efforts, encouraging our sponsors to lend their support to organizations most affected by COVID and to those supporting COVID relief.  Our board...

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By blueridgepride | January 15, 2021

A collaboration between Western Carolina University, the University of North Carolina Asheville and the Blue Ridge Pride Center will gather oral histories, archival materials and photos for an ongoing...

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By blueridgepride | December 4, 2020

COVID may be s nightmare, but we have never had so many tools for surviving and finding joy at a distance.

By blueridgepride | October 14, 2020

The October 7th Generation Plus Live virtual segment allowed us to share some important information and links regarding voting and what are we voting for in this election. While...

By blueridgepride | October 6, 2020

Generation Plus has announced upcoming topics for its monthly series of virtual events that address issues and topics of current interest to an aging population. 

By blueridgepride | September 18, 2020

Our September 16 Generation Plus Virtual Meetup focused on voting essentials. Absentee voters will love the new tracking tool.

By blueridgepride | May 25, 2020

BRPC has cancelled all previously scheduled events. It's immediate focus is supporting critical community needs. It is exploring alternative event formats.

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By blueridgepride | May 11, 2020

This week, Blue Ridge Pride issued $2,000 in additional grants to community partners who are on the front lines addressing the impact of COVID-19 on the local LGBTQ Community....

By blueridgepride | May 5, 2020

In 2019. the Partner Funds first year, Blue Ridge Pride awarded over $7,000 in grants to 20 local organizations that support our community.

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By blueridgepride | May 5, 2020

Thanks to your generosity, we have raised over $6,000 for emergency relief for the members of our community in Western North Carolina.

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By blueridgepride | March 9, 2020

Blue Ridge Pride launches a virtual LGBTQ Center to serve western North Carolina and nearby communities in Tennessee, South Carolina, and Virginia.

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By blueridgepride | January 22, 2020

In its first year, the Blue Ridge Pride Community Partner Fund awarded $7,500 in grants to twenty organizations in western North Carolina.

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By blueridgepride | January 1, 2020

In 2019, Blue Ridge Pride established the Blue Ridge Pride Community Partner Fund.  The fund's purpose is to support the many groups, organizations and projects that seek to uplift western...

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By blueridgepride | December 16, 2019

In 2019, Blue Ridge Pride made three important policy decisions. It established the Blue Ridge Pride Community Partner Fund.  The purpose of the fund is to support the many...

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By blueridgepride | November 1, 2019

Selected News Articles and Media Coverage Concerning Blue Ridge Pride

By blueridgepride | October 25, 2019

This year, Blue Ridge Pride launched a new events program, the Movie and Mixer Series.  The series featured four films and attracted over 400 theatre-goers.  It raised more than...

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By blueridgepride | July 25, 2019

Blue Ridge Pride announces new partnership with Green Man Brewery to support its new Community Partner Fund. 

By blueridgepride | February 28, 2019

Reporter Lilly Knoepp speaks with Invisible Histories Project founder Josh Burford and UNC Asheville Professor Amanda Wray about archiving the untold stories of queer history in the South.

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