Campaign for Southern Equality

Matt Peiken | BPR News

Around 9:30 this past Friday night, Asheville’s Pack Square sounded eerily familiar. There were no protestors or counter-protesters surrounding the Vance Monument, no police on bikes or in riot gear. A busker serenaded people—almost all of them white—waiting in a tightly packed line outside French Broad Chocolate.

If it weren’t for the relatively few wearing masks, you’d swear this was so 2019.

But if you rounded the corner onto Broadway and looked up at the facade of the Asheville Art Museum, you saw beautifully rendered drawings of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop and, yes, George Floyd, dissolving into text quotes from the novelist James Baldwin and the activist Cece McDonald, along with the call to “Defend Black Lives.”

Lilly Knoepp

The Campaign for Southern Equality(CSE) has announced that it is opening up an additional round of funding for LGBTQ Southerners who have been impacted by COVID-19.

 This will bring the total amount available for the program’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Program up to more than $200,000 since March. 

Photo courtesy of Ivy Gibson-Hill

Southern neighbors Georgia and Alabama both passed bills that restrict abortion access this month. Activists say these laws will negatively impact access to healthcare in North Carolina - not just access to abortions for women.  

 

Area advocates and supporters of the Constitutional right of same sex couples to marry are hailing the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in support of same sex marriage. David Hurand spoke with Campaign for Southern Equality spokesman Aaron Sarver and the groups attorney Meghann Burke about today's  ruling. 

LGBT In The South Conference in Asheville

Apr 16, 2015

Five hundred civil rights activists are expected to attend the two day weekend conference.  The conference is being hosted by the Campaign for Southern Equality.  David Hurand spoke with the organizations Executive Director Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara.