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.

Lesbians in the Mountains (LIMS) *

LGBTQ Lesbian | Women / Female-Identified | Youth (21-)

Asheville, NC

Very friendly Google group of women, over 21, that meets in real-time and loves new people.

LGBTQ Book Club *

LGBTQ Community, Allies

55 Haywood St, Asheville, North Carolina 28801

Join host Alex Ruiz to discuss a wide-ranging selection of fiction and non-fiction focused on the LGBTQ community.

Asheville, North Carolina 28801

The LGBT Elder Advocates is a local grassroots organization founded to address the aging issues and concerns of the LGBT community through Land of The Sky Council. WNC citizens advocating for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Older Adults.


LGBTQ Community, Allies

Asheville, North Carolina 28801

LGBTJew is the LGBTQ portal of the Asheville Jewish Community Center.

LGBTQ Women of Asheville *

LGBTQ Lesbian | LGBTQ Queer / Non-Binary | Women / Female-Identified

Asheville, NC

This LGBTQ Women of Asheville group is intended to be an inspirational, empowering, holistic community circle of sacred women supporting each other in a safe space of unity and solidarity.

LGBTQA Walk It Out *

General Public | LGBTQ Community, Allies | LGBTQ Families, Allies

Walk IT Out is an LGBTQ walking group.

Men’s Nude Yoga *

Men / Male-Identified

Asheville, NC

Men's Nude Yoga created a peer-led yoga class where all the adult male participants and the instructor are nude.

Mooresville Gay & Lesbian Meetup *

LGBTQ Gay | LGBTQ Lesbian

Mooresville, North Carolina

Any LGBTQ who want to get together for social or business networking and fun.

Out & About Upstate *

LGBTQ Community, Allies

Spartanburg, South Carolina 29301

This group promotes acceptance for people of all sexual orientations. While primarily an organization created for the LGBT community to socialize, we welcome all individuals who celebrate diversity. Our goal is to provide a safe and fun environment at local venues enabling the community to interact. There is no cost to join. You simply arrive at the specified location and pay for your own food and drinks. Events are planned once a month on Friday evenings.

PFLAG Asheville *

LGBTQ Families, Allies | LGBTQ Gay | LGBTQ Lesbian

414 Pocono Court, Arden, NC 28704

PFLAG Asheville is made up of LGBTQIA+ individuals, their families, and allies and is part of the national network of PFLAG chapters in various cities and towns across the U.S. Our Chapter membership is comprised of community members coming together for fellowship, friendship, support, connection, education and resources.

PFLAG Flat Rock / Hendersonville *

LGBTQ Community, Allies | LGBTQ Families, Allies

Providence Baptist Church1201 Oakland St Hendersonville,North Carolina 28792

Parents, Families, Friends, and Allies United with LGBTQ People to Move Equality Forward!

Phoenix Transgender Support *

LGBTQ Bisexual, Pansexual | LGBTQ Transgender

Asheville, North Carolina

Phoenix Transgender Support is an empowerment/ support group based in Asheville, North Carolina for Cross-dressers, Transsexuals, Transfeminine, Transmasculine, non-op, and others in the gender community, their partners, and supporters.

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.