Welcoming Groups

With so many welcoming groups to choose from, why wait?  Join one today.

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#Resist: Johnson City

General Public

Johnson City, Tennessee 37604

Join others who care about what's happening to democracy, equality, human rights, social justice, sustainability, and other important topics.

AARP NC Mountain Region
828-380-6242
LGBTQ Seniors (55+) | Seniors (55+)

5511 Capital Center Drive

AARP empowers people to choose how they live as they age.


Asheville, NC 28801

A voluntary, not-for-profit community chorus for gay men and allies. In addition to our holiday and summer concert we perform for various events throughout WNC and beyond. Traditionally we also perform at Blue Ridge Pride festival, World AIDS Day and our annual cabaret show in February. We sing for fundraisers, weddings and other community events.

Asheville Gay Men’s Supper Club
404-655-0102
Adults (21+) | LGBTQ Gay | Men / Male-Identified

Asheville, NC

Founded in the late 90's, the group is made up of gay and bi men for the purpose of socializing and dining on a monthly basis. 


Asheville, NC

Asheville Lesbian Social Club provides an ongoing opportunity for Asheville area lesbians to socialize, have fun and develop our community through our many varied events.

Asheville Prime Timers
(828) 255-0249
LGBTQ Bisexual, Pansexual | LGBTQ Gay

Asheville, NC

Member of worldwide organization for gay and bi mature men over 40 to socialize and enjoy local activities.

Asheville Women Outdoors

LGBTQ Lesbian | Women / Female-Identified

Asheville, NC

This group is for women who want to enjoy outdoor and social activities in and around the Asheville area and Western NC.

Asheville Women’s Travel Group

LGBTQ Lesbian | Women / Female-Identified

Asheville, NC

This is a group for any woman who is interested in traveling together in small groups, internationally and nationally.


Asheville, NC 28814

This is a group for any woman who is interested in traveling together in small groups, internationally and nationally. For more information, register at the group’s meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Women-Only-Travel-Group/

Aura Home Women Vets
828-771-6979
Women / Female-Identified

St Matthias Episcopal Church Parish House1 Dundee St Asheville,North Carolina 28801

Aura Home is about Helping Homeless Women Veterans In Buncombe, Henderson & Haywood Counties.

AVL Lesbian and Bisexual Women in Their 30s and 40s

LGBTQ Bisexual, Pansexual | LGBTQ Lesbian | Women / Female-Identified

Asheville, North Carolina 28801

A meetup that goes beyond drinking and praying to the goddess. Fun runs, dog meet and greets, networking events, and, sure the occasional happy hour. You in? For more information, register at the group’s meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/AVL-Lesbian-and-Bisexual-Women-in-Their-30s-and-40s/

Beer City Sisters

General Public

PO Box 15801 Asheville,North Carolina 28813

The Beer City Sisters are dedicated to promoting and celebrating diversity, social awareness, universal joy, expiation of stigmatic guilt and to serve our local community through the use of self-expression and irreverent humor for advocacy, education, outreach, and philanthropy! We are committed to serving the community through our core tenants of activism, education, entertainment, ministry, and social service.

NOTESListings marked with an * were entered by Blue Ridge Pride based on available sources and recommendations. | We do not charge for listings. Upon submission, we ask listers to consider a donation, but their donations do not affect their listing.

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MailPO Box 2044, Asheville NC 28802-2044

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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.