Western: Youth gala, activist revival, org change

Carolinas News Notes

Youth gala upcoming

HICKORY, N.C. — OUTright Youth of Catawba Valley will hold its annual fundraising “gayla” on March 11, 6 p.m., at Café Rule, 242 11th Ave. NE.

The organization had a banner year for growth and expansion in 2016. Funds raised at the event will go to toward supporting the work on the new center, an 1,800 square foot permanent location called the OUTright Center, and its programming. It will have a “Chill Lounge,” a place for youth to relax and socialize, with youth-chic furnishings, a large screen and projection system with surround sound, WiFi and games.

A large meeting room will be used for youth programs and education, and the facility will have a fully furnished kitchen.

A cyber center will be set up that features free internet access and computers for youth usage to make it easier for them to fill out job and college applications, provide a suitable environment for homework, as well  as opportunities for social interaction.

Books and media focusing on LGBTQ interests and themes will be housed in the Ralph Doernberg Memorial Library.

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The center is the culmination of six years of hard work and provides a safe place for LGBTQ youth where there is no need to conceal their true selves.

Sponsors are needed more than ever at this time to help bring the center’s initiatives to fruition. Email mdore@outrightyouthcv.org to learn more.

info: outrightyoughcv.org.

Revival heads to the mountains

HIGHLANDS, N.C. — A Queer South Revival will be held from March 3-5 at 3873 Dillard Rd. as an “uprising, clarion call, strategy meeting and homecoming for Southerners on New Ground members in the time of Trump,” organizers shared.

The event will help to ignite participants’ dreams, imagination, vision while debating regional strategy proposals. It will also be an opportunity to learn more about the organization and contribute to its mission, while enjoying camaraderie.

Currently,the event is full, but a wait list is available for those who wish to be added in the event of a space opening.

info: southernersonnewground.org.

Org undergoes change

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — SisterCare WNC has been exploring ways to better serve the community through surveys and other data gathering venues over the last several months and is undergoing a change.

Included in the metamorphosis is a name change. A vote was held recently and the winner was not available at press time. Choices were Circles of Service WNC: Providing Support to our LGBTQ Community and Embrace: Circles of LGBTQ Community Coming Together.

The evolutionary process has come after the organization’s board exploration of resources and community comments.

The new model includes: one-on-one service through the Asheville Time Bank; group service through three to four community volunteer projects per year; and service to the volunteers and organizations through three to four social events per year.

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A way to learn more is to attend The Rainbow Week of Care Service Fair on March 6, 1 p.m., hosted by the YWCA of Asheville, 185 S. French Broad Ave., Asheville, N.C. The fair continues through March 10.

The Rainbow Week of Care Service Fair will feature local organizations that provide volunteer services within the LGBTQ community in Western North Carolina and will showcase their opportunities to give and receive volunteer support. The event will feature exhibit tables with volunteer opportunities from local organizations such as LGBTQ Elder Advocates, SisterCare WNC, Youth OUTRight, Western North Carolina AIDS Project, Gay Asheville NC, Loving Food Resources, the Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship and many others. In addition, Wake Forest University Students will be providing one on one supportive services at the events such as smartphone and tablet technical support, a storytelling station and more.

At the fair’s kick-off area LGBTQ organizations will be introduced, information about service opportunities specific for the needs of the community will be provided, opportunities to receive supportive services from Wake Forest University students (including onsite help with using iPhones and laptops) will be available, participation in a video storytelling collection project will be provided, along with networking options with support and services for the LGBTQ community.

For more information about the fair, email Rebecca Chaplin at rchaplin@aarp.org.

Projects performed from March 7-9 will be facilitated through Wake Forest students who will provide assistance with home or community organizations. A team of 12 will be available to assist with community projects in groups of three or four. For those who want help with outdoor projects, IT support, cleaning, etc, need to complete a form. Visit bit.ly/2lzc124 to sign up and a member of LGBTQ Elder Advocates’ advisory board will make contact.

In addition to the fair, a group effort will take place on March 25, 9 a.m., at 26 Fairfax Ave., and will assist former SisterCare WNC board member MaryLou Alvarez as she prepares to move to California in packing her pod for shipment across country. Coffee and pastries will be provided. To join in, RSVP at bit.ly/2lwoVO3.

info: sistercarewnc.com. lgbtelderadvocatesofwnc.org.

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Does your organization or special interest group have events or great information to share with our readers? If so, be sure to send in your information to specialassignments@goqnotes.com. In the upcoming months, we’ll feature one of you in our news notes section in each issue. Are you a part of a Meetup, Yahoo or Google group and do you do something that’s really newsworthy? Do you provide a service for the community or hold fundraisers for worthy causes? Do you educate the public about LGBT issues or concerns? Of course, this is only a sampling of things we are interested in. It’s the aim of these pieces to inform, enlighten and educate our readers about what we’re doing here in the Carolinas to champion LGBT rights, as well as offer resources for those who may be interested in what your group is doing.

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Posted by 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 specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988, x205.