LGBTQIA+ Oral History Archives

Nancy Asch

Meet a lesbian activist and musician who served as social worker focusing on HIV/AIDS and who has helped many young women to express themselves and become more visible through music.

Interview Date:  November 18, 2019

Interviewer:  Margaret Small

Interview Length (HH:MM): 00:45

Topics Covered: Equity & Justice - Race | Health / Healthcare / HIV/AIDS | Local Community & Culture | On Being LGBTQ | Rebuilding - Friends / Family / Community

Nancy and her wife came to Western North Carolina from Boston in 2005. She was born and raised in the Bronx of New York City where she had a very liberal and socially active upbringing. After graduating high school, Nancy left New York to attend Vassar College in Philadelphia where she continued her socially active ways. After leaving Philadelphia, her passion for music brought her to the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While in Boston she became a social worker working with HIV/AIDS patients. Nancy also came out as lesbian while living in Boston. Nancy’s work with the LGBTQIA+ community in Boston, provided a strong foundation for the future impact she would have in Asheville. Immediately after arriving in Asheville, Nancy became involved with local LGBTQIA+ groups such as “Girls Rock Asheville” where she has had a profound impact. Along with her involvement in the LGBTQIA+ community, she has fought tirelessly for southern equality involving social and political issues. Nancy is continually serving members of the LGBTQIA+ across Western North Carolina especially black and brown people.

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Introduction | Moving to Western North Carolina | Living in Boston, Massachusetts | Growing Up in New York City | Practicing Social Work | The Benefits of Political Organizations and Activities in Asheville, North Carolina | Developing a Community and Support Network in Asheville, North Carolina | Girls Rock | Exposure to People of Different Race and Class Backgrounds | Coming Out | Significant Changes and Development | Paving the Road for Future Generations | Race and the Progressive Movement in Asheville, North Carolina

Outline of the Interview

Introduction | Moving to Western North Carolina | Living in Boston, Massachusetts | Growing Up in New York City | Practicing Social Work | The Benefits of Political Organizations and Activities in Asheville, North Carolina | Developing a Community and Support Network in Asheville, North Carolina | Girls Rock | Exposure to People of Different Race and Class Backgrounds | Coming Out | Significant Changes and Development | Paving the Road for Future Generations | Race and the Progressive Movement in Asheville, North Carolina

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