Welcoming WNC Virtual LGBTQ Community Center

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

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Community News

Don’t say GAY or mention the LGBTQ+ community

From Blue Ridge Pride- The proposed North Carolina “Parents’ Bill of Rights” only serves to further marginalize our LGBTQ+ youth. The introduction of SB49 yesterday would require forcibly outing transgender and gender-nonconforming youth. It further prohibits the mention of the LGBTQ+ community in the classrooms. Our queer and trans-youth are already vulnerable, and this bill could have serious life-threatening consequences

Interview with KP Whaley

During this series of chats from the LGBTQ community, we’ve heard from local leaders and influencers who have left us feeling inspired. Today we interviewed KP Whaley. KP has created a life in service through public and community broadcasting. He is also dedicated to sustainability: He and his husband run a small diversified farm in Hendersonville. Learn more about KP

Aging with Pride- a national survey

An increasing focus is appearing regarding our aging LGBTQ+ elders and the need for more information. This survey is a bit different in that it is geared towards the LGBTQ+ community, aged 52-58. Our program, Generation Plus serves the LGBTQ+ 55+ community and we hope you will complete the survey as it’s results will add greatly to our understanding of

Reasons To Sponsor

Reasons To Sponsor   You support a stronger community.   Blue Ridge Pride is largely a volunteer-driven organization. In addition to supporting the annual festival, our sponsor and donor funds support our community programs, projects and partners. These program and projects, detailed in a separate guide, include: • Community-Building Events • Generation Plus Program for Seniors • WNC Oral History

Upcoming Events

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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