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We are launching a series of welcoming directories: groups, community services, health care providers, speakers, companies.

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Community News

Your vote counts!

Make sure your vote counts!Monday, October 3, 10 amhttps://events.aarp.org/d/k9q3bd/  Elections are coming and your vote matters. Learn more about North Carolina voting regulations and changes for the upcoming election. Join AARP and Blue Ridge Pride, Generation Plus for this special segment with Corrine Duncan, Buncombe County Director of Elections, and Bob Tomasulo, AARP NC volunteer, to learn more about absentee

Generation Plus Prom-So much love

The kick off to Blue Ridge Pride Festival week always starts with our senior prom. This year the Generation Plus committee choose the theme ‘The Love Boat’ and there certainly was a lot of love in the room. Dancing, laughter, conversations and hugs were abundant and we had a great deal of fun. Thanks to everyone who came out and

Festival Entertainment Lineup

Main Stage Lineup 11:00 AM Opening & National Anthem Led by the Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus 11:15 AM – Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus The Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus entertains, educates and creates community through excellence in choral singing. For more than 20 years, we’ve connected with audiences and raised awareness 11:45 AM – Wild Bodema We are Wild Bodema: Wild

Master Songwriters in Concert presented by B² Realty November 19 at 7:30 pm

Master Songwriters in Concert  presented by B² Realty November 19 at 7:30 pm   This intimate concert showcasing 4 local, gifted songwriters  taking turns telling the stories behind their songs and then performing them for the audience.  This one-of-a-kind gathering will benefit Hendersonville Theatre’s projector fund to raise money to bring film to downtown Hendersonville. Featuring area songwriters: David Childers,

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Welcoming Communities of Western North Carolina

You might not know it from some headlines, but our state is full of welcoming people and organizations. Look to these pages for …

  • A searchable data base of welcoming organizations in WNC
  • Links to useful resources and programs

Welcoming Communities of Western North Carolina

You might not know it from some headlines, but our state is full of welcome.

Blue Ridge Pride is launching a new series of programs to celebrate and support the growth of welcoming communities.  We plan to launch programs covering communities of faith, health care providers, businesses, schools, and community service organizations.  Each program will include:

  • A searchable data base of welcoming organizations in Western North Carolina
  • Criteria, developed in partnership with each community, that clarify what it means to be welcoming
  • Educational materials and programs for organizations who want to become more welcoming and inclusive

While our Welcoming Communities program began with a focus on the LGBTQ community, we want to emphasize that a warm welcome mat makes no such distinctions.  We intend this program to be inclusive of other groups as well. We stand with our allies. Watch this page for frequent developments in Q3/Q4 2017.

Welcoming Community Directories

We are launching a series of welcoming directories: groups, community services, health care providers, speakers, companies.

WNC is full of welcome. Find out where!

List your services.   Find resources to help you … or your organization.  

  • Support, Empowerment
  • Shared Interests
  • Social, Networking
  • Sports, Fitness
  • Community Service, Activism
AVAILABLE NOW
  • Emergency Support
  • Hotlines
  • Health & Wellness
  • Legal Aid
  • Counseling & Recovery
  • Career Advancement
  • Community Centers
  • Social & Recreational Programs
  • Workshops
  • Public Speakers
  • Storytellers
  • Trainers
  • Coaches
  • Team-Builders, Facilitators
AVAILABLE NOW
  • Doctors, Lawyers
  • Realtors
  • Retailers
  • Building Trades
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels 
  • Manufacturers
  • Banks
  • Accountants
  • Churches
  • Synagogues
  • Mosques
  • Temples
  • Spiritual Centers
  • Retreat Centers
AVAILABLE NOW

Listers must affirm “the right of everyone to live as their authentic self, without fear of discrimination” and that they welcome all who come in good will.  They may list certain restrictions.  However, these must be listed explicitly for everyone to see. [Examples: A bar event might be only for people 21 and over.  A support group might be limited to people with relevant background.]

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Welcoming Community Directories

We are launching a series of welcoming directories: groups, community services, health care providers, speakers, companies.

WNC is full of welcome. Find out where!

List your services.   Find resources to help you … or your organization.  

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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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