Miss Gay Latina Asheville

Miss Gay Latina Asheville

After more than a year of shut-downs - including all things wild and weird that once helped Asheville, North Carolina earn the title of quirkiest town - one of it’s more unique events is back. The Miss Gay Latina pageant will be held Nov. 20 at the Diana Wortham Theater. I photographed backstage at the 2019 pageant, featured in these images and the last one before pandemic closures. Miss Gay Latina started as a small drag event in 2008 organized by founder and producer Elio Gonzalez who was born in Cuba and has lived in Asheville for many years. The pageant evolved over the years...
#Beauty #Gay #Gender #Latin America #Photography #Photojournalism #Sexuality
Furry Fandom

Furry Fandom

They’re a playful, colorful, often misunderstood community of artists, gamers, role players and creatives - sometimes clad in adorable, giant animal costumes - who share a love of anthropomorphized animal characters. And almost a 1,000 of these "furries" gathered at the Crown Plaza in Asheville, NC, recently for the second annual BlueRidge FurFare. Welcome to the world of furry fandom! I’ve had my eye on this community since first spotting them in Asheville a few years ago. It’s a strange sight to see - oversized, animal characters hanging out on a downtown...
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Katie Linsky Shaw, Photographer

Freelance photographer and photojournalist based in Asheville, North Carolina
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