It’s Pride Month – and we are so looking forward to celebrating with you! Pride is about reflecting on how far we’ve come on lived and legal LGBTQ equality – and committing to never giving up in our push toward justice for all.
All this month, we’re feeling the love from the LGBTQ community and businesses here in Asheville and beyond – and we wanted to be sure you knew about the exciting partnerships. Take a look at all of them below, including new Pride-themed items that benefit CSE and LGBTQ Southerners across the region.
For the second year in a row we’re honored to have the support of Spicewalla, a globally-known spice company based here in Asheville, NC. Our friends at Spicewalla are releasing their Kitchen Essentials Pride Collection 18-pack – plus a brand-new Love in Every Flavour 10-pack! Throughout June, a portion of proceeds from several Spicewalla items will benefit our work at CSE. Browse the Spicewalla shop and learn more about the partnership.
We always love our month-long partnership with the South Slope Blues, the supporters’ organization for Asheville City Soccer Club. Through their innovative Prideraiser campaign, you can make a pledged donation of $1 or more for every goal scored by ACSC at Greenwood Field in Asheville in the month of June! The first match was last night – don’t miss the 7 other matches. Learn more – and make your pledge – by clicking here.
Every Friday in June, our friends at Olde London Road, an English-style pub in Asheville, will be hosting contests and games that unite the joys of soccer and LGBTQ pride, with 100% of the proceeds from every event supporting CSE. On Saturday, June 26 from 12-8pm, we’ll close it all out with the Closing Party and Winners Tournament while watching the Pride Night Asheville City Soccer Club home game streamed live at 7:30 pm from UNCA’s Greenwood Field. Huge thanks to Olde London Road and the South Slope Blues for this exciting partnership – and we’re also grateful and honored for generous sponsorship from several major breweries – including Hi-Wire Brewing, Boojum Brewing Company, Highland Brewing, Foothills Brewing, and New Belgium Brewing – plus local restaurants Pennycup Coffee, Battlecat Coffee Bar, 10th Muse Comfort Food, and Zia Taqueria. Learn more about the month’s events by clicking here.
The folks at Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn are teaming up with CSE and supporting our Southern Equality Studios program through a fun and exciting Pride art contest! Residents of Asheville and Western NC can submit a design for the company’s new Pride Artist Bag, and $2 from the sale of every bag will support CSE. Want to submit your design? Learn more on Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn’s Instagram page.
LOVE FOR OUR OTHER PARTNERS
We’ve received a heart-warming outpouring of support in June for Pride Month – thank you to everyone who has reached out, whether to partner or to make an individual donation. Other generous partners for Pride Month include: