Blue Ridge Pride
Blue Ridge Pride Center Inc. began in 2009 through the collaboration of several individuals most notably Amy Huntsman and Ashley Arrington who saw the need for a community-driven organization that would appeal to the diverse LGBTQ communities of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. They invested in forming partnerships, not just sponsorships, in our community and in October of 2009, we held our first festival at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Asheville. Approximately 2,000 people came out to the event on a rainy day to learn more about our community and the resources available while also celebrating the first Blue Ridge Pride Festival. Because of the desire to be community focused, Blue Ridge Pride decided to incorporate community charitable giving through the festival. The purpose and original intent of the group was solidified and it was decided to continue adding to our portfolio of events.