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NEWS & NOTES

Lube Wrestling Fundraiser
O.Henry's, Asheville's Gay Bar
Saturday, 8/16
10pm - 1am
Proceeds benefit Blue Ridge Pride
(More details TBA)

UPCOMING EVENTS

Blue Ridge Pride Weekend 2014
October 2-5 in downtown Asheville, NC
(Pride Theme: 'Pride In Motion', reflecting & celebrating the Pride movement from Stonewall to today.)
Thursday: Pride Pageant
Friday: Comedian, Jennie McNulty
Saturday: Pride Festival 2014
Sunday: Pride Brunch
(Details on these events and much more TDA Soon!)
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RECENT EVENTS

4th Annual Gay 5K
 

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Carrier Park, Asheville
Register NOW!

Blue Ridge Pride is hosting their 4th Annual Gay 5K on July 12, 2014 at Carrier Park in West Asheville. The USATF-registered race is a flat course around the park and along the French Broad River on the French Broad River Greenway. Registration is available online through https://www.runreg.com/brp-annual-gay-5k and on-site the day of the race. Registration and chip pickup begins at 7:30am, and the race begins at 8:45am. 

The first 200 runners to register online will receive a free Gay 5K t-shirt and an early registration rate of $25. Registration after June 30th is $35 and does not guarantee a t-shirt. Runners may form teams by registering at least three participants under the same team name. Prizes will be awarded to the top finisher in each age group for men and women. Runners are encouraged to “show your color” by wearing costumes or pride colors. 
Add some COLOR to the run by wearing your PRIDE!!
This year the race will be followed by a Doggie FunDay and family-style picnic. Local adoption agencies will have animals for adoption and the public is encouraged to bring well-behaved dogs to participate in a free Dog Costume Parade. The parade will begin at 11am, with a prize going to the top three dog costumes; participants should arrive by 10:30 to register their pooches. Participants are also encouraged to bring a potluck dish for a family-style lunch to begin at noon, with hot dogs (veggie and meat), chips, and drinks provided by Blue Ridge Pride for a donation to the Pride Center of the Blue Ridge. There will also be kids’ games, shirts and tie dye, and ice cream by The Hop. 
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Blue Ridge Pride White Party 2014

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Stand Against Racism

Blue Ridge Pride cordially invites you to join us in taking a Stand Against Racism by joining us in a conversation about race, inclusion and diversity
on 
Sunday, April 27th at 2 p.m.
Eagle Street Coffee Emporium
39 B Market Street, Asheville, NC

The Stand Against Racism is an annual event of the YMCA.
Click HERE for more information.

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Town Hall Meeting: Pride Center of the Blue Ridge
Host: WNC LGBTQ Inclusive Community Center Task Force
When: Monday, April 21st, 6 - 7:30 pm
Where: Land of Sky Regional Council, 339 New Leicester Hwy, Asheville, NC
Providing exciting updates on our community's progress in creating the Pride Center of the Blue Ridge!
Email GetInvolved@blueridgepride.com to RSVP.
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2014 Mardi Gras Parade
Sunday, 3/2/14 - we had a BLAST!!! ________________________________________________________________

TEAM PRIDE POWER!!

Thank you!!
We've raised over $2,500 as of 3/2/14!!
Help our team show PRIDE POWER as we raise money for 
 This program works by matching local kids up with adult mentors and we couldn't be happier about trying to help them out. We have some folks involved with this great organization and know that the chances are good that there are LGBTQ kids involved as well. Help us show our community at large why our LGBTQ community is so awesome!
Donate to our PRIDE POWER Team Page HERE through May 2014

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Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) / Ally Club Resources
Sample Agenda and Group Guidelines
Sample Club Mission
Sample Success Tips
Ally Week 101
Sample Coming Out Workshop
Sample Confronting Bullying Workshop
GSA / Ally Club Adviser Fact Sheet

Congratulations to the Clyde A. Erwin High School Ally Club, recipient of the 2013 Blue Ridge Pride Community Grant in the amount of $1,000!

For more information on how you can help to create and/or support GSA/Ally Clubs in schools throughout Western North Carolina, please email us at GetInvolved@blueridgepride.com.


 Allies Matter Videos

Allies Matter
ZealSource produced this video for NC Healthy Schools and NC Department of Public Health to support their "How to be an Ally" workshop. The video highlights several NC youth who have experienced bullying as a direct result of their sexual orientation.

TD Strives to Make It Better for LGBT Youth
LGBT TD Employees and their Allies share stories on experiencing bullying in their youth and share a message of how It Gets Better. The video closes with a message from TD's President and CEO, Ed Clark, emphasizing the importance of Allies to 'Make it Better' for LGBT youth.
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Blue Ridge Pride, Inc.

  Blue Ridge Pride, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization on a mission to Advocate for the LGBTQ community in Asheville and Western North Carolina, to Celebrate with Pride, and to Educate our Allies and the general population on LGBTQ issues.

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