WNC LGBTQ+ Calendar

Come here to find out what’s going on in our neighborhood!  Events, Concerts, Classes, Meetings, Fundraisers, Outings.   

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  • GUIDE:
  • Our Vision
  • Adding an Event
  • Tips: Listers
  • Tips: Users
  • Listing Standards
  • How You Can Help

We want to create a community-maintained calendar that features events and meetings of particular interest to the LGBTQ community in western North Carolina. This includes ...

  • Events that specifically target or benefit the LGBTQ community;
  • Events intended for a broader audience but that are of likely interest to the LGBTQ community;
  • Events that wish to throw out a particularly warm public welcome to our community;
  • Events that target other marginalized communities or that focus on social justice, equity & inclusion.
  • We welcome events within a 100-mile radius of Asheville as well as virtual events of interest to our community.
  1. Get Permission To Post Events. In order to add and edit events, you must request permission.  Register on the site, confirm your email, and login.  Click ACCOUNT on the main menu and select Request Additional Site Permissions. Ask to be a Contributor.
  2. Read Our Tips for Listers. Part of what sets our site apart is its use of unique tags to reach specific audiences.  Take a minute to understand these.
  3. Post Your Events. Once you have been approved , you will see an Add Event button on the main calendar page.  You can add both single events and recurring events.
  4. Wait. We review most calendar submissions before they appear.  We want to ensure that the content is appropriate to this site and that the tagging correct.  We try to do this several times a day, but please bear in mind that we are volunteer-driven.  Expect 1-day turnaround. If you enter a repeating event, the first event will show up immediately after we approve it.  Subsequent events may not show up for a few hours.
  5. Maintain Your Events.  Once approved, you will have access to an Edit My Events button on the main calendar page.  If you edit an event, it may require review  again.
  6. Give Us Feedback. We are continually evolving this site.  There is a feedback button on almost every page.  Use it to suggest new features or categories.

Adding Events: You can add events manually, via email, or using our automatic sync tool.  Manual entry gives you the most control and fastest turnaround. 

Manual Entry
  • Prepare. There is no save-and-resume button. Once you submit an event, it comes to us for review.  You can return to edit an event, but you should understand that may post to the calendar once you click submit.
  • Recurring Events. A powerful feature, but a little confusing the first time you use it because of the wording used:
    • To enter a meeting on the same date each month (e.g., the 5th), select "on the same day".
    • To enter a meeting on the same day (e.g., 1st Monday), select "on a different day".
  • Venues / Organizers.  Enter the name of the organizer(s) and the location (venue).
    • If it is already in the database, the calendar will populate your event with relevant contact and location information.
    • If you have to add a new organizer or venue, please fill in all the fields.  It will help others.
  • Online Events. Select "Online Event" as your Venue.

Additional Fields. It may be tempting to skip them, but we suggest that you take a moment to complete :

  • Target Audience: Check a box that best describes who an event is designed for. DO NOT check all the boxes.   Example: if you have an event for the LGBTQ community, don't check all the LGBTQ options.  Just check LGBTQ community.  In general, you should check no more than 1-3 boxes.
  • Event Focus: Why is someone coming to your event?  What should they hope to get out of it?
  • Welcoming Pages: In phase 2, we will be launching a collection of welcoming pages.   If your event is relevant to one of these, check the box.  Your event will also appear on that page.
Other Ways to Add Events
  • Email: You can send us a link to a Facebook event.  We will add it to the calendar to the best of our understanding.  However, we make no guarantees about accuracy and turnaround.  The request must come from someone registered on our site who has made a few manual entries.  Send a request and link to VCtrAdmin@BlueRidgePride.org.  
  • Synchronization: If you maintain a calendar on Meetup, Google, Eventbrite, or iCalendar, we have the ability to automatically post your events.  However, this is limited to an automated weekly feed of everything in that calendar.  You will also have to rely on our judgment when it comes to tagging the event.  Contact VCtrAdmin@BlueRidgePride.org to discuss.
  • Tags.We regularly review how groups tag their listings. However, there may be a lag of a few days.
  • Location: We While the calendar focuses on events in Western North Carolina, we include events within 100 miles of Asheville as well as virtual events throughout the region that might be of interest to our community.
  • Feedback: This calendars is a brand new undertaking. We will evolve it based on community feedback. Please share your thoughts and suggestions.
We reserve the right to review, edit, and remove any content posted to this site.  It is not our intent to exert tight editorial control.  Our reviews generally focus on the following standards:
  • Relevant to our local LGBTQ and allied communities. This includes western North Carolina and nearby communities in contiguous states (e.g., eastern Tennessee, northwestern South Carolina, northern Georgia, southwestern Virginia. It also includes groups based outside the region that have a local presence.
  • No offensive or hateful content. This includes language and visuals that are considered hateful, threatening or inappropriately graphic.  Bear in mind that this site is accessible to minors.
  • No content that poses a threat to people's privacy or to copyright laws. Do not share names, photos or contact information without appropriate authorization or consent.
  • Volunteer. We are building a team of volunteers who can monitor new submissions and ensure proper tagging. If you are interested in volunteering a few hours a week or month, visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.
  • Donate. We are trying to keep this service free.  As a matter of equity and inclusion, we want to make this service available to everyone in our community.  But it does cost us money to run.  We are hoping that individuals and businesses with the means can afford to kick a little something in.  Visit our donate page for more information.
  • Spread the Word.  Encourage others to list here.  Click the share buttons.

Calendar of Events

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Rainbow Inspiration

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3 events,

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The Magnetic Theatre and Delighted Tobehere present Hello, Daddy!

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4 events,

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Communion Variety Show

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Drag In The Streets

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Sound Bath

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Pride Time

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Sunday Funday Tea Dance Party

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5 events,

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Queer Trans Pride Yoga

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Picnic in the Park for Pride 🌈 2021

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The Beer City Sisters Communion Variety Show

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RuPaul Drag Race : Season 6 All Stars Viewing Party

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June 27th Asheville Drag Brunch FUNdraiser for Beloved Asheville 501(c)3

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NOTE: To add an event, you must be logged in and have been given Contributor permissions. From the main menu, click ACCOUNT – Request Additional Site Permissions.

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User Guide - Welcoming Calendar

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  | siljoy@me.com or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com 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.