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.

Pink Pistols *

LGBTQ Adults (21+) | LGBTQ Community, Allies

Asheville, North Carolina 28801

Pink Pistols Asheville is a non-partisan social and educational group, it's an LGBT shooting club with national ties.

Queer Asheville Exchange *

LGBTQ Queer / Non-Binary

Western North Carolina, NC

Queer Asheville Exchange is a group meant to facilitate Western North Carolina-area based exchanges between queers of all kinds.

Queer Love and Relationships *

LGBTQ Queer / Non-Binary

Asheville, North Carolina 28801

The Queer Love & Relationships meet-up group offers meaningful ways for queer people to meet one another and to gain deeper clarity about what we're seeking in relationships (romantic and otherwise) in a supportive community.

Queer Night Out *

LGBTQ Queer / Non-Binary

Asheville, North Carolina 28801

Queer Night Out is a monthly get-together for pie, or ice cream, or even a movie.

Queer Women’s Book Club *

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

610 Haywood Rd, Asheville, North Carolina 28806

Asheville Queer Women's Book Club is inclusive of all queer woman-identified folks with a strong sense of intersectional feminism (meaning inclusive of and sensitive to issues faced by and experiences of queer women of color, trans women, economically disadvantaged or disabled women).

Safelight *

General Public | LGBTQ Community, Allies

133 5th Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC

Safelight is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization offering services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

Senior Gay Mens Book Club *

LGBTQ Gay | Men / Male-Identified

Please join us for our monthly Gay Men's Book Club meeting. We are always open to new members!

The Rainbow Breakfast Club *

LGBTQ Community, Allies

Mills River, North Carolina 28759

LGBTQ-themed breakfast group meeting around Asheville / Brevard / Hendersonville / Arden area.

Trans Positive Support *

LGBTQ Transgender

554 Fairview Rd, Asheville, North Carolina 28803

TransHealth Coordinators & WNCAP are combining efforts to offer a new HIV + peer support network here in the Asheville area to focus on the empowerment of transgender, gender non-conforming & intersexed people with HIV + status.

Transylvania County Rainbow Alliance *

General Public | LGBTQ Community, Allies

Transylvania County Rainbow Alliance group promotes Equality and Respect for All. They focus is advocacy, support, and education around LGBTQ issues.


LGBTQ Transgender

Asheville, NC

Education, advocacy, and support for nonbinary and transgender people in Western North Carolina

Warren Wilson College Center for Gender Relationships *

General Public | LGBTQ Community, Allies

Asheville, NC

The mission of the Center for Gender and Relationships (CGR) is to build and sustain healthy relationships.

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.