Welcoming LGBTQ+ WNC Editorial Guidelines

We explain the rules of the road for submitting news, articles, events, and other content to the site.
Our Audience

Our primary audience is the over 50,000 LGBTQ+ community members residing in Western North Carolina. We also serve the allies, businesses, and organizations that seek to support, employ, and serve them.

Our Mission

Our tagline is “Building a Community Together”.

  • Relevance. We seek to provide information and resources that are relevant to the WNC LGBTQ+ Community.
  • Reach. We seek to make it easier for services, businesses, and organizations that seek to support, serve, employ, and welcome us to reach out.
  • Respect. We seek to provide information in a format that is easy for people to find when they want it, without feeling chased or dissected.
What We Want

We welcome contributions of that are relevant to and supportive of our community.  This includes:

  • Announcements, News, Events, Resources. These are our bread and butter. Think of us as the community bulletin board. The community provides the content.  We keep the bulletin board organized.
  • Reposts. We welcome organizations and groups to repost relevant content, so long as they respect all copyrights.  In most cases, they should provide a brief synopsis, and include links and credits to the source.
  • Information-Focused Editorial & Analysis: We welcome editorials and news analysis that focus on providing information that will help people to make more informed decisions.
  • Informative Profiles. We welcome profiles of people, groups, and organizations that bring attention to the breadth and diversity within our community. They should either be uplifting or bring attention to unique challenges faced by the subject of the article.
  • Informative Reviews. We welcome reviews of books, movies, artists, and performers that are directly relevant to the local LGBTQ+ experience and community.
  • Other. If it serves the community, pitch us on it!  Send an email to VCtrNews@BlueRidgePride.org.
What We Don’t Want
  • Attack Editorials. We do not accept content that seeks to characterize, demonize, or judge individuals, organizations, groups, or classes.
  • Self-Aggrandizement | Click-Baiting | Gossip. Post things that will serve the LGBTQ+ community.
Style & Tone
  • Brief Title & Summary: This is what most people will see. Titles should be 7-12 words; Summaries 20-30 words.
  • Feature Picture: We recommend an aspect ratio of 3w:2h with a minimum size of 200 pixels on either side and a maximum of 1200 on either size.  Include any photo credits at the bottom or top of the article.
  • Length: In most instances, short is sweet: 150 to 300 words. Focus on the essentials and provide links for more detail.  Articles that include new analysis will likely run longer, 400 to 1,000 words.
  • Family-Friendly: We will not post language or pictures which we think might be offensive or triggering to our broad audience.
  • Inclusive / Ally-Friendly: We seek to serve the LGBTQ+ community. But we welcome everyone to the site who comes in good will. We seek to join the broader community, not to segregate ourselves or any of them.
  • Informative / Unique / Locally Relevant:
  • Categories / Tags:
Submission & Review Process
  • Get Permission. Contributors must complete the online profile form before gaining permission to submit post and event content. (This does not apply to directory listings.)
  • Submit. We operate on a triage basis.  Announcements, News, Events & Resources that are clearly within the guidelines above get a light review.  We try to get them posted quickly, ideally within the same day.
  • In-depth Review & Editing. Submissions that are nor so clear-cut may require lengthy review.  We don’t have the staff to provide in-depth editing.  If an article is too full of errors or poses too many issues, we will not publish it.  We reserve the right to conduct light editing for grammar and clarity.
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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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