International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 17, or the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO or IDAHOT or IDAHOBiT), as it is widely recognized, is an essential feature in the international LGBT rights calendar. In the 9th edition, in 2013, commemorations took place in almost 120 countries, in all world regions. The day aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights …

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Burton Street Senior Elite Club

Burton Street Community Center 134 Burton St., Asheville, NC

This program is geared for senior citizens and provides fun activities, planned trips, movie days, chair exercise classes, fellowship days, game days and special meals prepared by different seniors from the group.

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Youth OUTRight Galaxy Meetups

Galaxy Meetups are semi-weekly drop-in spaces for young folks to be in community with one another. This could look like sharing art, participating in writing prompts, gaming, or even cooking with each other. Galaxy is facilitated by our Youth Fellows, Ash and Reagan, with support from staff. Youth must complete an intake form prior to joining weekly programming. All weekly …

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National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD) is observed on May 18. This event is an opportunity to recognize the many volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists who are working together to find a safe and effective vaccine to prevent HIV. It is also a day to educate communities about the importance of HIV vaccine research. HIV research also includes efforts …

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Gay Men’s Coffee Group

City Bakery Charlotte Street Cafe 88 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC

Gay men's coffee group meets every Wednesday at 88 Charlotte St. We gather at 9:30a for stimulating conversation.  Come join us!

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Youth OUTRight Weekly Web Social

Our Weekly Web Social is a safe and affirming space for youth to meet and connect with LGBTQIA+ peers ages 11-20 from across Western North Carolina. Socials are facilitated by Spike! Weekly Programs Youth must complete an intake form prior to joining weekly programming. All weekly programs take place on Discord, a secure instant messaging and video platform. Email Youth …

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Agender Pride Day

To be agender means that you do not identify as any particular gender.  Other terms used are genderblank ,genderfree, genderless, gendervoid, non-gendered, ungendered, and null gender. Some agender people prefer particular pronouns, but many prefer to avoid using gendered language when referring to themselves. For More Information Agender, non-binary, gender-neutral: Is there a difference? (Jordan Redman) Fourteen Celebrities Who Don’t …

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National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

May 19th is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This observance, led by the San Francisco Community Health Center, raises awareness of the impact of HIV and AIDS, risk, and stigma surrounding HIV in the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community. Given the rise in violence against the API community, we also stand in solidarity with the community and …

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National Hepatitis Testing Day

The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. In May, CDC and their public health partners work to shed light on this hidden epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encouraging priority populations to get tested. This event is known as Hepatitis Testing Day and it’s …

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Burton Street Senior Elite Club

Burton Street Community Center 134 Burton St., Asheville, NC

This program is geared for senior citizens and provides fun activities, planned trips, movie days, chair exercise classes, fellowship days, game days and special meals prepared by different seniors from the group.

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Youth OUTRight Galaxy Meetups

Galaxy Meetups are semi-weekly drop-in spaces for young folks to be in community with one another. This could look like sharing art, participating in writing prompts, gaming, or even cooking with each other. Galaxy is facilitated by our Youth Fellows, Ash and Reagan, with support from staff. Youth must complete an intake form prior to joining weekly programming. All weekly …

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LIM (LESBIANS IN THE MOUNTAINS) Monthly Dinner.

Cornerstone Restaurant 102 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC

Come share your ideas, hear about LIM activities and have good food and conversation. Hosted by Nita Owenby and Kathy Coco. **Kathy will be sitting in the lobby wearing a name tag**

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PEAK (Parents of Estranged Adult Kids) Online Support Group

Fe Anam Avis author of Parents of Estranged Adult Kids and therapist Keli Rugenstein, PhD are conveners. They will offer support on parental estrangement. There is no fee for this group, though participants should purchase PEAK book on Amazon - PEAK Fe Anam Avis To register, click here. For more information, contact F Anam Avis: fe@asecondday.com 614-208-4090

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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.  

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