BRPC has cancelled all previously scheduled events. It's immediate focus is supporting critical community needs. It is exploring alternative event formats.

Blue Ridge Pride Center Announces Cancellation of Blue Ridge Pride Festival and Related Fall Events


Blue Ridge Pride’s all volunteer board and leadership team have voted unanimously to cancel all previously planned summer and fall events. This includes the June Pride Party, the Blue Ridge Pride Festival, the Welcoming WNC Procession, the MX Pride Pageant, the LGBTQ Story Slam, and the Movies & Mixer Series.

We are heart-broken.  But community safety is our number one priority. To keep the festival safe, we would have to make it so small that it wouldn’t make sense for community partners and vendors.  We are also concerned about the ability of a 100% volunteer-driven organization to ensure a safe event under the current circumstances. We simply won’t risk the community’s health.

Near-Term Priority: Community Support

At the moment, Blue Ridge Pride has shifted its focus to supporting groups whose programs address urgent needs in the community.  These include emergency response funds run by Tranzmission, Campaign for Southern Equality, and Youth OUTRight.  They also include programs run by Western NC AIDS Project,  WNC Community Health Services, and Loving Food ResourcesWe have diverted our own available funds and have run challenge grants through our Blue Ridge Pride Community Partner Fund.

We encourage anyone who wants to support these and other WNC LGBTQ organizations to donate to the Community Partner Fund.  100% of donations go to groups serving the WNC LGBTQ community.”  We also encourage people to volunteer for Manna Foodbank.  

Efforts Underway to Identify Alternative Event Formats.

In the meantime, we are pursuing a two-pronged strategy for bringing community-building events back to the LGBTQ and allied communities in Western North Carolina.  We are exploring alternative, small-scale events with local vendors, partners and festival organizations.  We are still exploring potential uses of Pack Square Park in September, such as an outdoor movie-in-the-park or a small-scale rally.

We are also using this opportunity to explore the potential of virtual events and spaces.  We recently participated in LEAF Global’s first virtual festival (V-LEAF).  We are in discussions with pride organizations across the Carolinas.

Stay Safe

We wish everyone in the community a safe and speedy recovery.  Please take care of yourself, your loved ones, and others in need.  Anyone with questions, ideas, or suggestions should contact Tina White ( or Butch Thompson (

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | or For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.  

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