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Antiga, Part 1

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

Antiga, Part 2

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

Matthew Alvarez

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

Nancy Asch

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

Danny B

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

Dan Baechtold

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

Barbara Bell

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

Jessica Britton

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

Jim Cavener, Part 1

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

Zeke Christopolous

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

Roseanna Coates

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

Dan Coleman 

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

Jerry Conner

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

Yvonne Cook-Riley, Part 2

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

Yvonne Cook-Riley , Part 1

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

Heidi Finemore and Clara Tracy

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

Mike Harney, Part 1

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

Mike Harney, Part 2

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

Kelly Harrison, Part 1

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

Kelly Harrison, Part 2

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

Beth Heinberg

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

David Hopes

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

Cortina Jenelle Caldwell

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

Ron Lambe and Peter Kendrick  

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

Beulahland 

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

London Newton, Part 1

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

London Newton, Part 2

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

Kari and Ashley Pilcher, Part 1

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

Kari and Ashley Pilcher, Part 2

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

Andy Reed, Part 1

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

Lorena Russell and Kitty Hancock, Part 2

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

Lorena Russell and Kitty Hancock, Part 1

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

Allison Scott 

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

Andrew Snavely

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

Michael Todd, Part 1

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

Heidi Finemore and Clara Tracy

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

Maya Ulin-O’Keefe

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

Natasha Noir Nightly / Sol Lane Wagner

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

Tina White, Part 1

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

Tina White, Part 2

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

Dov Wiener

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

Susan Wilson, Part 2 (with Judy Rudolph)

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

Susan Wilson

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

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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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