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In The News

  • Conditional Love: Story by Amelia Hess / Design by Gentleman

    Life is hard for LGBTQ kids everywhere, but particularly in the South. Every year, thousands of young Southerners are disowned by their families, and that’s tragic: It’s neither civil nor Southern. But such kids can find family again, thanks to organizations around the South that have stepped in to provide the unconditional love that’s lacking back home. Today, Amelia Hess visits four organizations — from Texas to North Carolina — that fight with stubborn, Southern ferocity to help LGBTQ kids lead productive, happy lives.

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  • Uncertainty remains amid rollback of transgender protections

    “A rollback of federal protection for transgender students likely will only add to uncertainty in North Carolina as the state continues to grapple with fallout from its own restrictions, advocates and school officials say. City and county school boards in this state already have been allowed large say in deciding how best to accommodate transgender students, and that will continue as state and federal officials work through questions coming from the latest federal action.”

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  • Growing up trans: WNC transgender teens speak

    Local news report on growing up trans* in WNC.

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  • Living transgender: Life beyond the confines of a pronoun

    The word transgender – now commonly used amid the fallout over North Carolina’s House Bill 2 – wouldn’t appear in print until the early 1990s and people who identified with a pronoun other than the one they were given at birth were often viewed as sexual deviants or freaks. That took its toll on the community who lacked words to even describe what they were feeling, said Holly Boswell, one of the pioneers of the transgender movement who now lives in Black Mountain. For generations, people lived their life in secret, she said. Now, youth can adopt a pronoun and expect society to get on board.

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  • A place to belong: LGBT students, supporters organize alliances

    Adrian Lund is gender nonbinary. Despite feminine features, the Hendersonville High School student prefers the pronouns they and them. Neither a he nor a she, the 15-year-old is part of a generation of youth growing up in a world that increasingly sees gender and sexuality as a spectrum. Today, there is no need to put people in boxes or stereotype genders, said Lund. It’s about being people, demonstrating compassion and trying to make the world a better, more tolerant place.

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  • Youth Outright offers support to Asheville area teens

    ASHEVILLE – Most kids don’t get a trip to Disneyland in exchange for coming out to their parents. That’s an experience Braden Harvey feels lucky to have had, one that he knows is not the norm.“I had a very good experience compared to most other people,” Harvey, 16, said. “My mom essentially pulled me out, and it ended by her kind of joking that ‘Hey, this is great. We’re going to go to Disneyland and celebrate.’

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  • Youth Outright helps Asheville area LGBT teens and parents

    ASHEVILLE – Nearly every week, local LGBT youth advocate Jim Faucett gets an e-mail from a parent terrified that their child is gay. The first thing he tells them is, “Thank you. Your kid is likely to be OK.” “Having support at home makes a world of difference,” said Faucett, executive director of Youth OUTright WNC, a local nonprofit that offers discussion groups and social activities for LGBT and questioning teens.

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  • Youth Outright coordinates with Gay/Straight alliances

    Aaron Weatherly; at left, goofs around with Jane Kramer during craft time at the weekly Youth OUTright meeting at the First Congregational United Church of Christ on Sunday evening. Weatherly is an active member of the Gay-Straight Alliance at Asheville High, where both girls attend school. Youth OUTright is a local nonprofit providing support to LGBT youth in the area

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  • YO offers support to LGBTQ youth in Franklin

    Youth OUTright — or YO — is a nonprofit organization with the mission of empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth to be confident and vital members of their community by offering them a safe environment to talk about their problems. YO has been holding weekly support meetings in the Asheville area since incorporating in 2009, and beginning this month, teenagers in Macon County will have the opportunity to attend meetings closer to home. When two YO supporters in Macon County reached out to YO in Asheville for help, executive director Jim Faucett said he was happy to start a chapter in Franklin to meet that need.

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  • Youth Outright supports parents of LGBT teens

    Nearly every week, local LGBT youth advocate Jim Faucett gets an email from a parent who is terrified their child is gay. The first thing he tells them is, “Thank you. Your kid is likely to be OK.” “Having support at home makes a world of difference,” said Faucett, executive director of Youth OUTright WNC, a local nonprofit that offers discussion groups and social activities for LGBT and questioning teens and their parents.

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  • Transgender homeless youth need better support in Asheville

    ASHEVILLE — Throughout Western North Carolina, transgender homeless youth are making their way to Asheville to find support and shelter hard to locate in more rural areas of the region, nonprofit service providers reported Monday night. Amid growing concerns over adequate service provision, advocates and allies for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trangender homeless youth met to discuss barriers to assistance and best practices.

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  • Community forum planned to show support for LGBT youth

    ASHEVILLE – Youth Outright will highlight the experiences, hopes, dreams, aspirations and fears of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth at a community forum in mid-September. The program will include spoken-word performances and excerpts from“Qtopia,” a play developed as part of the Queer Youth Theatre Project that premiered in February at UNC Asheville.

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  • An opportunity and a duty to be a powerful,

    When my son started preschool, his father and I were asked to write an introduction to our son from his 2-year-old point of view. It is spot on. “Hi, my name is Hagen. Being 2 is not so bad. True I get frustrated and throw small tantrums at times, but a few minutes in time out brings me back to myself. “The best thing about being 2 is that everything is new. I know that a cat goes meow. I know a cow goes Moo….I know lots more too. I can’t read yet but I do know some of my numbers, and if you help me I can do most of my alphabet. So, now that you know I am smart, outgoing, and you already figured out that I am cute, I hope we can be friends.”

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  • The not-so easily navigated side of parenting

    “Wouldn’t life be easier if it came with an instruction book?” I found myself thinking as a new mom, and often I searched for instructions from a familiar and reliable source. “Mom, she won’t stop crying, and I don’t know why. Help!” “Place her ear against your chest and wait. There, did it help?” “Yes,” I’d reply.

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  • Increased resources needed for local LGBT youth

    There is much rejoicing to be had in the wake of the Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage equality. Simultaneously, we must be vigilant to remind ourselves that this ruling is not the final check on a to-do list for LGBTQ rights. It is particularly urgent for those of us with straight/cisgender privilege who strive to be allies to acknowledge ways in which the queer community remains marginalized.

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  • Asheville continues to be challenged by lgbt homelessness

    The scarcity of jobs in Asheville, an already difficult job horizon for LGBTQ people, as well as difficult, intolerant home situations often mean unstable housing for these Western North Carolina youths. A Jan. 19 panel discussion sought answers to the complicated problem of homeless queer youth in Asheville. “It’s not easy for anyone to find a job in Asheville, and it becomes all the more difficult with any type of discrimination. The piece that gets ignored is the emotional trauma, it makes every aspect of life more difficult,” said Allister Stryan of Help Out Youth. “You can’t get housing without a job, and you can’t get a job without the housing.”

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