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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial Day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews, 1 million Gypsies, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution …

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is an HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative for Blacks in the United States and across the Diaspora. There are four specific focal points: Get Educated, Get Tested, Get Involved, and Get Treated.  For More Information  NBHAAD (HIV.gov)  Useful Links  Living with HIV (Centers for Disease Control)   HIV Treatment: The Basics  Local Resources …

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Aromantic Awareness Week

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A week to promote information and awareness about aromantic spectrum identities (“a sexuality within the LGBTQIA+ community in which someone does not experience romantic attraction. and the issues they face. This week was first recognized from 10-17 November 2014, under the name Aromantic Awareness Week. In 2015, it was moved to late February and the name was changed to Aromantic Spectrum …

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Zero Discrimination Day

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  On Zero Discrimination Day, 1 March, we celebrate the right of everyone to live a full and productive life—and live it with dignity. Zero Discrimination Day highlights how people can become informed about and promote inclusion, compassion, peace, and a movement for change. Zero Discrimination Day is helping to create a global movement of solidarity to end all forms …

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Bisexual Health Awareness Month

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A month to raise awareness about the bisexual community's social, economic, and health disparities, advocate for resources, and inspire actions to improve bi people's well-being. Promoted on social media through #BiHealthMonth.  For More Information  BiHealthMonth.org  Local Resources (Suggest Additional Resources)  AVL Lesbian and Bisexual Women in Their 30s and 40s  Check Out Directory of Welcoming Groups for More 

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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed annually on March 10. It is a day set aside to empower people globally, with knowledge and information regarding HIV/AIDS, with particular emphasis on the frequently unnoticed impact it has on women and girls    For More Information  HIV.GOV - NWGHAAD  Useful Links  Living with HIV (Centers for Disease Control)   HIV …

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Annual LGBT Health Awareness Week

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The Annual LGBT Health Awareness Week, a nationwide event that promotes the unique health and wellness needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.  The goals of the week are to raise public awareness of the unique health disparities and health concerns among the LGBT communities; educate medical and health care professionals around cultural competency regarding LGBT health; …

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National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was first observed in 2007. This day is observed on the first day of Spring each year.  For More Information  HIV.GOV - NNHAAD   National Native HIV Network  Useful Links  Living with HIV (Centers for Disease Control)   HIV Treatment: The Basics  Local Resources  WNCAP (WNC AIDS Project)  WNCCHS HIV Services (WNC Community Health Services) 

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National STD Awareness Month

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STD Awareness Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness about STDs and how they impact our lives; reduce STD-related stigma, fear, and discrimination; and ensure people have the tools and knowledge to prevent, test for, and treat STDs  For More Information  https://www.cdc.gov/std/saw/index.htm  https://www.cdc.gov/std/sam/STDAwarenessMonthToolkit.pdf  Useful Links  Living with HIV (Centers for Disease Control)   HIV Treatment: The Basics  Local Resources  WNCAP (WNC …

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National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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April 10 is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness about the impact of HIV on young people. Together, we can help young people stay healthy by encouraging HIV testing, prevention, and treatment.  For More Information  https://www.hiv.gov/events/awareness-days/youth  Useful Links  Living with HIV (Centers for Disease Control)   HIV Treatment: The Basics  Local Resources  WNCAP (WNC AIDS Project)  WNCCHS …

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National Day of Silence

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A student-orientated day to end the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bias. Initially created by then-student Maria Pulzetti, the first event was organized by students at University of Virginia in 1996. It is currently organized by GLSEN. In 1997, one year after the day's creation, it went national, with over 100 institutions participating. Whilst there has been some participation from other countries, including New Zealand and …

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National Transgender HIV Testing Day

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April 18 is National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD)—a day to recognize the importance of routine HIV testing and status awareness, as well as HIV prevention and patient-centered care, for transgender and gender non-binary people.  For More Information  https://www.hiv.gov/events/awareness-days/transgender  Useful Links  Living with HIV (Centers for Disease Control)   HIV Treatment: The Basics  Local Resources  WNCAP (WNC AIDS Project)  WNCCHS HIV …

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Lesbian Visibility Day

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Annual day to celebrate, recognize, and bring visibility to lesbians.  For More Information  Celebrating Lesbian Visibility | Lesbian Visibility Week 

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Lesbian Visibility Week

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Lesbian Visibility Week (related to Lesbian Visibility Day) is an annual observance in the United States and the United Kingdom dedicated to increasing the awareness of lesbian identities and issues. It was originally celebrated in July in 1990 in California, and more recently in April, starting with Lesbian Visibility Day on April 26  For More Information  Lesbian Visibility Week  Local Resources (Suggest …

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International Family Equality Day

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International Family Equality Day (IFED) celebrates the diversity of LGBTQ+ families around the world, and takes place every year on the first Sunday in May. All over the world, more and more children are growing up in families where one or both of their parents identify as LGBTQ+. Yet, each of these “rainbow families” has very different lived equality experiences, …

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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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