Community News

Local Businesses Invited to Take Part in September Strength in Pride Art Walk

The Blue Ridge Pride Business Alliance is partnering with photographer Lauren Merrell and Youth OUTRight to bring local businesses a unique opportunity. They are invited to become a Strength in Pride Art Walk Exhibitor for the month of September. It is a chance to stimulate foot traffic, educate the public, and support a local non-profit that serves LGBTQ youth.

Why is Pride in September in Asheville? A Historic Perspective.

June is Pride Month, a time when we all gather, in person this year! Shouldn’t it also be the time when we have our in-person Pride festival? After all, all the big cities have their pride festivals in June: New York, New Orleans, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Bend, Oregon – okay, so maybe other smaller cities, too. Well, it is …

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It’s Time to Give OUT!

Give OUT Day is a month-long fundraising campaign beginning June 1 and culminating on June 30, the only national giving event for the LGBTQ+ community. Since 2013, Give OUT Day has helped hundreds of LGBTQ+ nonprofits raise millions of dollars! Donations during all of Pride Month count toward prizes for the organization: thousands in additional dollars that go to the …

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Elder? Who me?

The month of May is a time, designated by President Kennedy, to recognize our elders. And according to sources I qualify as an elder. And honestly, I do not like that. When I was growing up, we were told to respect our elders. To me that meant old people. What defined old people was not clear to me as a …

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2021 Blue Ridge Pride Festival is Confirmed for September 25

We are back! The 2021 Blue Ride Pride Festival and Welcoming WNC Procession are on.
Blue Ridge Pride is pulling out all the stops to bring you the 2021 Blue Ridge Pride Festival and Welcoming WNC Procession as originally scheduled. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 25, 2021 in Pack Square Park.  The procession will begin at 10:00 am.  The festival will run from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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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  | 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.