Advancing LGBTQ Equality
Reared in North Carolina, Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is a minister in the United Church of Christ and a candidate for re-election to the Buncombe County Commission.
She is a graduate of Brown University and received an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and earned her Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School.
In 2011, she founded the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE), an Asheville-based nonprofit that works for full LGBTQ equality—both legal and lived—across the South. CSE’s work is rooted in commitments to empathy and equity in race, gender, and class. CSE stands shoulder to shoulder with communities across the South that are working for equality and justice around racial equity, voting rights, immigrant rights, and access to health care.
Jasmine served on the Biden Foundation’s Advisory Council for Advancing LGBTQ Equality and has been interviewed by MSNBC, The New York Times, and the BBC about LGBTQ rights in the South. Jasmine and her wife, Meghann, live in the East End neighborhood of Asheville with their three children.
Beach-Ferrara is a member of the Buncombe County Commission; redistricting moved her from District 1 to District 2, where she is running for re-election in 2020. Her policy priorities are expanding access to early childhood education and affordable housing, criminal justice reform, and responding to the opioid crisis.