Rebecca Chaplin has joined AARP as its associate state director of community outreach and advocacy.

Elder’s member takes state post

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — LGBT Elder Advocates of Western North Carolina has announced that its board member, Rebecca Chaplin, has joined AARP as its associate state director of community outreach and advocacy.

“When I joined the AARP team in May,” Chaplin shared, “I was excited to see that they have teams orientated around inclusivity as is evidenced from the Pride section of our webpage. I’m planning to work with the friends of LGBT Elder Advocates to provide trainings in caregiver programs, finances for people who are 50 plus and so much more.”

In other news, the organization is seeking volunteer support for the following: website management, volunteer coordinator, fundraising, event coordination and LGBT-friendly certification committee members. Visit the website to fill out a volunteer application.


Pride event unveils logo, theme

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Blue Ridge Pride has announced its theme, Color Our World with Pride and Love!, for its festival being held on Oct. 1, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., in Pack Square Park, 121 College St.

brp logoIn a release, the board of directors said that the theme was a response to recent events and legislation affecting the community. The positive stand of “love triumphs over hate” will show all the diversity and welcoming atmosphere of Asheville’s “proud LGBTQ community and allies,” they added.

The celebration includes continuous music, dancing and entertainment on the main stage. Special emphasis on community is part of the Pride theme and festivities. Featured will be local entertainers and musical talent.

Sprawling over the entire area of Pack Square Park and up towards the Vance Monument, the festival encompasses over 100 booths of area organizations, non-profits, businesses and vendors. CNN has claimed “Asheville is one of the Best Pride Picks around the world.”

The “welcoming atmosphere of Asheville” and “the beautiful scenery” are among the top reasons expressed by past visitors for choosing to attend Blue Ridge Pride. It is expected that an even larger number of visitors will attend this year as a show of support and solidarity for the area’s LGBT community.

A complete schedule and up-to-date information can be found online.


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