You Support Our Community
Blue Ridge Pride is 100% volunteer-driven. We apply all net funds from our festival to our community programs and to funding local partners. This year, we are launching several important programs.
- The Blue Ridge Pride Community Partnership Fund: Grants from this recently established fund will be available to local groups that demonstrably support western North Carolina’s LGBTQ and allied communities. Each quarter, we will set grant targets based on available funds.
- The WNC LGBTQ Oral History Project: This is a collaboration of the Blue Ridge Pride Center and UNC Asheville, with generous seed funding from the YMCA of Western NC. We aim to document a richer, fuller, and more inclusive history of our region by recording the stories and memories of people in our community.
- The WNC LGBTQA Virtual Community Center: This summer, we are launching what we believe to be the first all-virtual LGBTQ center in the country. We hope that it becomes a model for other rural communities. The goal of the center is to make it easer for people to find welcoming services, events, groups and resources.
- Community Events Program: We are expanding beyond the festival to create more targeted events throughout the year. This year, we have added the Movies and Mixer Series, an LGBTQA Story Slam. We are continuing the Mx Blue Ridge Pride Pageant, Festival Youth Night, and our annual benefit for Aura Home.