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Blue Ridge Pride Issues Additional COVID-19 Grants

This week, Blue Ridge Pride issued $2,000 in additional grants to community partners who are on the front lines addressing the impact of COVID-19 on the local LGBTQ Community. These two grants target a population that is especially hard-hit by COVID-19: transgender and non-binary people. Western North Carolina Community Health Services says that almost 90% of its transgender / non-binary

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COVID-19 Impact on 2020 Blue Ridge Pride Festival and Related Events

Following is the current status of major events on our calendar. June Pride Celebration at Salvage Station: This event, a partnership with other area LGBTQ organizations, has been cancelled. September  Festival / Procession: The 12th annual Blue Ridge Pride Festival and Welcoming WNC Procession is currently set to proceed as scheduled: September 26, 2020 in Pack Square Park from 10

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Blue Ridge Pride Issues $7,500 in Grants in 2019

In 2019, Blue Ridge Pride established the Blue Ridge Pride Community Partner Fund.  The fund’s purpose is to support the many groups, organizations and projects that seek to uplift western North Carolina’s LGBTQ Community.     In its first year, Blue Ridge Pride awarded $7,500 to area organizations.  That is by far the most it has awarded in any single year.  Awards

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Blue Ridge Pride Establishes Board Control of Community Partner Fund

In 2019, Blue Ridge Pride made three important policy decisions. It established the Blue Ridge Pride Community Partner Fund.  The purpose of the fund is to support the many groups, organizations and projects that seek to uplift western North Carolina’s LGBTQ Community.   None of the monies tied to the fund can be used for Blue Ridge Pride. It placed all

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