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Antiga, Part 1

Equity & Justice – Women | Names / Pronouns / Labels | LGBTQ Dating / Couples / Marriage / Children | On Being LGBTQ | Inspirations / Mentors / Leaders | Coming Out / Early Experiences | LGBTQ Childhoods

Antiga, Part 2

Equity & Justice – Women | LGBTQ Dating / Couples / Marriage / Children | Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles | Equity / Diversity / Privilege

Matthew Alvarez

Names / Pronouns / Labels | LGBTQ at School | Rural v Urban LGBTQ | Inspirations / Mentors / Leaders | Coming Out / Early Experiences | LGBTQ through Art

Nancy Asch

Local Community & Culture | Equity & Justice – Race | On Being LGBTQ | Rebuilding – Friends / Family / Community | Health / Healthcare / HIV/AIDS

Aria Ashburn

On Being LGBTQ | Coming Out / Early Experiences | Inclusion / Safe & Welcoming Spaces | Names / Pronouns / Labels | Parents & Family

Danny B

LGBTQ through Art | LGBTQ Childhoods | Equity & Justice – LatinX | LGBTQ at School | On Being LGBTQ | Advocacy / Activism / Politics | Identity / Intersectionality

Dan Baechtold

Coming Out / Early Experiences | LGBTQ Childhoods | LGBTQ Dating / Couples / Marriage / Children | Rebuilding – Friends / Family / Community | LGBTQ Spaces / Events / Pride Festivals | Life in the Closet | Health / Healthcare / HIV/AIDS

Barbara Bell

Community Needs / Services | Stigma / Isolation / Invisibility | LGBTQ Spaces / Events / Pride Festivals | Inspirations / Mentors / Leaders | Health / Healthcare / HIV/AIDS | Equity / Diversity / Privilege

Jessica Britton

LGBTQ Spaces / Events / Pride Festivals | LGBTQ Groups / Organizations / Resources | Inspirations / Mentors / Leaders | Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles | Violence / Bullying / Coercion | LGBTQ in the Military | LGBTQ through Art | LGBTQ at Work | LGBTQ Childhoods | LGBTQ Faith & Spirituality

Jim Cavener, Part 1

Rebuilding – Friends / Family / Community | LGBTQ Groups / Organizations / Resources | Local Community & Culture | LGBTQ Yesterday Today Tomorrow

Zeke Christopolous

Advocacy / Activism / Politics | Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles | Health / Healthcare / HIV/AIDS | LGBTQ Childhoods | Community Needs / Services | Bar Culture | LGBTQ Faith & Spirituality | LGBTQ at School

Roseanna Coates

LGBTQ at School | Violence / Bullying / Coercion | LGBTQ in the Military | Equity & Justice – Race | LGBTQ Childhoods | On Being LGBTQ | LGBTQ Spaces / Events / Pride Festivals | Life in the Closet | Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles | Personal Growth / Happiness / Self-Care | Bar Culture | LGBTQ at Work | Local Community & Culture

Dan Coleman 

On Being LGBTQ | Rebuilding – Friends / Family / Community | Rural v Urban LGBTQ | LGBTQ Groups / Organizations / Resources | Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles | LGBTQ at School | Parents & Family | Coming Out / Early Experiences | LGBTQ Yesterday Today Tomorrow | Inclusion / Safe & Welcoming Spaces

Jerry Conner

Rebuilding – Friends / Family / Community | LGBTQ Spaces / Events / Pride Festivals | Personal Growth / Happiness / Self-Care | Coming Out / Early Experiences | Bar Culture | Parents & Family | LGBTQ Yesterday Today Tomorrow

Yvonne Cook-Riley, Part 2

Stigma / Isolation / Invisibility | LGBTQ Groups / Organizations / Resources

Yvonne Cook-Riley , Part 1

Stigma / Isolation / Invisibility | Identity / Intersectionality | Personal Growth / Happiness / Self-Care | Coming Out / Early Experiences | LGBTQ in the Military | LGBTQ Childhoods | LGBTQ Dating / Couples / Marriage / Children | On Being LGBTQ

Heidi Finemore and Clara Tracy

LGBTQ Spaces / Events / Pride Festivals | Identity / Intersectionality | LGBTQ Groups / Organizations / Resources | Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles | Personal Growth / Happiness / Self-Care | Community Needs / Services | LGBTQ Dating / Couples / Marriage / Children | On Being LGBTQ | Rebuilding – Friends / Family / Community

Mike Harney, Part 1

Coming Out / Early Experiences | Parents & Family | LGBTQ Childhoods | Community Needs / Services | Advocacy / Activism / Politics | Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles | Personal Growth / Happiness / Self-Care | Health / Healthcare / HIV/AIDS

Mike Harney, Part 2

Advocacy / Activism / Politics | Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles | Personal Growth / Happiness / Self-Care | Health / Healthcare / HIV/AIDS | Coming Out / Early Experiences | Parents & Family | LGBTQ Childhoods | Community Needs / Services

Kelly Harrison, Part 1

LGBTQ Groups / Organizations / Resources | Life in the Closet | Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles | Health / Healthcare / HIV/AIDS | Coming Out / Early Experiences | Bar Culture | Equity / Diversity / Privilege | LGBTQ at School | LGBTQ Childhoods | Inclusion / Safe & Welcoming Spaces | LGBTQ Spaces / Events / Pride Festivals

Kelly Harrison, Part 2

On Being LGBTQ | Rebuilding – Friends / Family / Community | Rural v Urban LGBTQ | Identity / Intersectionality | Personal Growth / Happiness / Self-Care

Beth Heinberg

On Being LGBTQ | Stigma / Isolation / Invisibility | LGBTQ Spaces / Events / Pride Festivals | Moving to the South / WNC | Equity / Diversity / Privilege | Equity & Justice – Race | LGBTQ Yesterday Today Tomorrow

David Hopes

On Being LGBTQ | Health / Healthcare / HIV/AIDS | Coming Out / Early Experiences | Moving to the South / WNC | LGBTQ Childhoods | Bar Culture

Cortina Jenelle Caldwell

Rural v Urban LGBTQ | Inspirations / Mentors / Leaders | Coming Out / Early Experiences | LGBTQ at Work | Equity & Justice – Race | LGBTQ at School | LGBTQ Childhoods | Rebuilding – Friends / Family / Community

Ron Lambe and Peter Kendrick  

LGBTQ Yesterday Today Tomorrow | LGBTQ Dating / Couples / Marriage / Children | LGBTQ Spaces / Events / Pride Festivals | LGBTQ Groups / Organizations / Resources

Beulahland 

LGBTQ Faith & Spirituality | LGBTQ Yesterday Today Tomorrow | On Being LGBTQ | Rebuilding – Friends / Family / Community | Coming Out / Early Experiences | LGBTQ through Art

London Newton, Part 1

Stigma / Isolation / Invisibility | Identity / Intersectionality | LGBTQ Groups / Organizations / Resources | Equity & Justice – Race | LGBTQ Childhoods | Inclusion / Safe & Welcoming Spaces

London Newton, Part 2

Rebuilding – Friends / Family / Community | LGBTQ Spaces / Events / Pride Festivals | Personal Growth / Happiness / Self-Care | Coming Out / Early Experiences | Equity & Justice – Race | LGBTQ Yesterday Today Tomorrow

Kari and Ashley Pilcher, Part 1

Rebuilding – Friends / Family / Community | Rural v Urban LGBTQ | Identity / Intersectionality | Coming Out / Early Experiences | LGBTQ Childhoods | LGBTQ Dating / Couples / Marriage / Children

Kari and Ashley Pilcher, Part 2

Advocacy / Activism / Politics | Stigma / Isolation / Invisibility | Coming Out / Early Experiences

Andy Reed, Part 1

LGBTQ Yesterday Today Tomorrow | Advocacy / Activism / Politics | Stigma / Isolation / Invisibility | LGBTQ Spaces / Events / Pride Festivals | LGBTQ Groups / Organizations / Resources | LGBTQ Childhoods

Lorena Russell and Kitty Hancock, Part 2

Stigma / Isolation / Invisibility | Identity / Intersectionality | Inspirations / Mentors / Leaders | Equity & Justice – Women

Lorena Russell and Kitty Hancock, Part 1

On Being LGBTQ | Rebuilding – Friends / Family / Community | LGBTQ Spaces / Events / Pride Festivals | Identity / Intersectionality | LGBTQ Groups / Organizations / Resources | Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles | Personal Growth / Happiness / Self-Care | Coming Out / Early Experiences | Community Needs / Services | LGBTQ Dating / Couples / Marriage / Children

Allison Scott 

Inspirations / Mentors / Leaders | Inclusion / Safe & Welcoming Spaces | On Being LGBTQ | Stigma / Isolation / Invisibility | LGBTQ Spaces / Events / Pride Festivals

Andrew Snavely

Rebuilding – Friends / Family / Community | Stigma / Isolation / Invisibility | Coming Out / Early Experiences | LGBTQ at Work | LGBTQ Childhoods | LGBTQ Faith & Spirituality | Inclusion / Safe & Welcoming Spaces | LGBTQ at School | Community Needs / Services | LGBTQ Yesterday Today Tomorrow | On Being LGBTQ

Michael Todd, Part 1

Advocacy / Activism / Politics | Health / Healthcare / HIV/AIDS | Violence / Bullying / Coercion | Coming Out / Early Experiences | Alcohol & Drugs / Addiction & Recovery | Moving to the South / WNC | LGBTQ Faith & Spirituality | LGBTQ Dating / Couples / Marriage / Children

Heidi Finemore and Clara Tracy

LGBTQ Groups / Organizations / Resources | Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles | Personal Growth / Happiness / Self-Care | Community Needs / Services | LGBTQ Dating / Couples / Marriage / Children | On Being LGBTQ | Rebuilding – Friends / Family / Community | LGBTQ Spaces / Events / Pride Festivals | Identity / Intersectionality

Maya Ulin-O’Keefe

LGBTQ Dating / Couples / Marriage / Children | On Being LGBTQ | Advocacy / Activism / Politics | Life in the Closet | LGBTQ Faith & Spirituality | Health / Healthcare / HIV/AIDS | LGBTQ at School | LGBTQ Marriage | Violence / Bullying / Coercion | LGBTQ Overseas | Coming Out / Early Experiences

Natasha Noir Nightly / Sol Lane Wagner

Weddings | Violence / Bullying / Coercion | Coming Out / Early Experiences | Moving to the South / WNC | LGBTQ through Art | Equity & Justice – Race

Tina White, Part 1

Rebuilding – Friends / Family / Community | Identity / Intersectionality | LGBTQ Groups / Organizations / Resources | Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles | Moving to the South / WNC | Equity / Diversity / Privilege | LGBTQ Childhoods | Community Needs / Services

Tina White, Part 2

LGBTQ Dating / Couples / Marriage / Children | Inspirations / Mentors / Leaders | Coming Out / Early Experiences | Names / Pronouns / Labels

Dov Wiener

On Being LGBTQ | Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles | Coming Out / Early Experiences | LGBTQ Childhoods | LGBTQ Faith & Spirituality | LGBTQ at School | Parents & Family

Susan Wilson, Part 2 (with Judy Rudolph)

LGBTQ Faith & Spirituality | Inspirations / Mentors / Leaders | LGBTQ at School | Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles | LGBTQ Elders | Violence / Bullying / Coercion | LGBTQ Yesterday Today Tomorrow | Moving to the South / WNC | LGBTQ Childhoods | Rebuilding – Friends / Family / Community | Advocacy / Activism / Politics | Stigma / Isolation / Invisibility | LGBTQ at Work | LGBTQ Groups / Organizations / Resources

Susan Wilson

LGBTQ Childhoods | Parents & Family | Weddings | LGBTQ Dating / Couples / Marriage / Children | Moving to the South / WNC

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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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