LGBTQ+ Friendly Organizations and Churches Directory

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Whether it’s healthcare, mental health services, general wellness, social activities, places of worship, sports, etc. – helping to make sure that LGBTQ+ members of our community have safe and/or comfortable place to go is essential in creating better communities for everyone.

According to GLAAD, allies are some of the most effective and powerful voices of the LGBT movement. Not only do allies help people in the coming-out process, they also help others understand the importance of equality, fairness, acceptance and mutual respect.

“Being an ally organization means so much to LGBTQ+ populations. LGBT people are our mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles and cousins. This is a fact and it isn’t going away. You have the opportunity to be an ally and a friend at home, school, church and work. A straight ally can merely be someone who is supportive and accepts the LGBT person, or a straight ally can be someone who personally advocates for equal rights and fair treatment.” (from the GLAAD website)

Blue Ridge Pride works to link our communities to these services through our allied Welcoming Groups and Faith Groups directories on our website. We have and are continuing to gather more allies like this so LGBTQ+ residents in the Blue Ridge Mountains can have an easy, safe resource to view and access much needed services. “Blue Ridge Pride is all about community growing together,” says Executive Director, Tina Madison White. “We are stronger and our lives so much richer when we unite and live as a community.”

For example, if you love to sing, why not join the Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus? If you’re into reading, why not check out the LGBTQ Book Club every month at Malaprops? Looking for education, advocacy, or support for local nonbinary or transgender support? Check out Tranzmission. This is the tip of the iceberg for services available on these directories. Although COVID-19 may affect some of these events, many exist online as well.

In fact, right now, we have over 100 welcoming groups and faith groups listed for everything from: peer support and group counseling, shared interests (books, singing, running, etc.), networking socials, community service advocacy, groups within an organization (school, business, churches), and virtual groups (like Generation Plus and other social media groups).

The Blue Ridge Mountains are filled with wonderful resources like these. Unfortunately, there are many that we aren’t even aware of.  If you are an LGBTQ+ or advocacy organization – or an LGBTQ-welcoming organization or group visit the appropriate page at blueridgepride.org and click the add listing button.

 

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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.