ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Just Us For All, a group of LGBTQ activists whose mission is to “gain support and inevitability get equality and justice for LGBTQ North Carolinians and their families,” has geared up for the good fight.

They are taking an active role in fighting the state’s proposed anti-LGBT constitutional amendment that could ban both public and private relationship recognition for same-sex couples. The group will ramp up a letter writing and public awareness campaign, as well as facilitating sensitivity training with police, businesses and school through a safe streets campaign.

They are also championing work with LGBTQ elderly, helping start gay-straight alliances in school, developing inroads into the school system through talks and workshops to prevent teen suicide and the proliferation of homophobia.

On the event horizon is a femme conference which will explore the issue of patriarchy within and outside the LGBTQ community.

On Aug. 2, they will hold their one-year anniversary celebration with a platform for sharing “queen journeys” through art, music and spoken work.

Just Us For All holds weekly meetings every Sunday at 7 p.m. at The Chocolate Lounge, 10 S. Lexington Ave.

For more information, contact President Sam Soper at 828-707-2052, email or visit

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at and 704-531-9988,...