Welcoming Groups

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

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.

180 W Campus Drive Flat Rock,North Carolina 28731

PRiSM provides resources and support for LGBTQ+ students at Blue Ridge Community College by providing educational, informational, and social opportunities through club meetings and events.

Blue Ridge Roller Girls *

Women / Female-Identified

P.O. Box 6768 Asheville,North Carolina 28816

Roller Derby is a sport that not only features pure athleticism but a punch of serious fun. We are strong. We are powerful. We Play This Sport Because We Love It.

COLAGE- Asheville Chapter *

LGBTQ Families, Allies | Youth (21-)

P.O. Box 29295, Providence, RI 02909

COLAGE unites people with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and/or asexual parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities. A support group with videos, articles, and help from other children of LGBT parents.

Gay Men’s Activity, Adventure, and Travel Group *

LGBTQ Gay | Men / Male-Identified

Asheville, NC

This group is limited to gay or bi men age 18 and up. Singles and couples are welcome.

Gay-Straight-Alliance Network *

LGBTQ Queer / Non-Binary | LGBTQ Transgender | LGBTQ Youth (21-)

1714 Franklin St #100-418 Oakland, CA 94612-3409

GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans, and allied youth leaders. Empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools

Guy’s Movie Night Out *

LGBTQ Bisexual, Pansexual | LGBTQ Gay

Asheville, NC

Gay and Bi group of all ages

Hendersonville, NC

All-inclusive transgender support includes SOs, family members, parents, friends, and supportive others.

Hendersonville, NC

Gay singles and couples are welcome to a Fort Lauderdale-style happy hour in downtown Hendersonville.

Hickory LGBTQAI+: Cause Charlotte is like an Hour Away *

General Public | LGBTQ Community, Allies

Hickory, NC

The purpose of this group is for a safe, friendly hang-out for individuals to meet.

JUFA – Just Us For All *

General Public | LGBTQ Community, Allies

Asheville, NC

Just Us For All is a group of Asheville, they are NC activists comprised of LGBTQIA+ folks. They are committed to creating change through community.

Knoxville Transgender Group *

LGBTQ Community, Allies | LGBTQ Transgender

Knoxville, TN

KTG serves as a networking group for transgender, gender non-conforming, and caregivers to trans people in the Knoxville area. The group exists to connect; disseminate information about events; and share resources relevant to the TGNC experience in East Tennessee.

Lambda Al-Anon *

LGBTQ Gay | LGBTQ Lesbian | LGBTQ Youth (21-)

 9 Swan St Asheville,North Carolina 28803

Lambda Al-Anon - Open meeting for gays lesbians and teens

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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Community & User Requests / Feedback

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Email: Hello@BlueRidgePride.org

MailPO Box 2044, Asheville NC 28802-2044

Packages: 33 Coxe Avenue, Unit 2044, Asheville NC 28801 (note different zip code).

Phone: 828-423-0655 (via Google Voice)

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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.