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We join groups for a lot of reasons: to share the activities we love | to find support and empowerment | to network and socialize | to serve our community.  With so many welcoming groups to choose from, why wait?  Join one today.

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

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Blue Ridge Community College - Prism 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.  | City: Flat Rock | Meetings:  Meetings every Friday at 2:00 in the President's Dining Room in the Killian Building. Contact Josh Bledsoe, [email protected] or Jennifer Parrack-Rogers [email protected] or visit our Facebook page.

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Blue Ridge Roller Girls 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.  | City: Asheville | Meetings:  We currently practice Monday and Wednesdays 7-9 and Saturdays 10-12. For more information, check out our web site and email [email protected] Practices are closed, and we would like to know…

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COLAGE- Asheville Chapter Children with a lesbian, gay, bi or transgendered parent(s).  | City: Asheville

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Full Moon Potluck Low-key and nonhierarchical community of magical queers. Food, circle, share.  | City: Weaverville | Meetings:  For more information, register at the group’s meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Full-Moon-Potluck/

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Gay Men’s Activity, Adventure, and Travel Group This group is limited to gay or bi men age 18 and up. Singles and couples are welcome. 

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Gay-Straight-Alliance Network Empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools  | City: Oakland,

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Gorge-US A monthly co-ed potluck dinner group for gays and lesbians in WNC who are 21 years of age and up.   | Meetings:  Monthly dinner club, meets every 2nd Tuesday each month, special Pot Luck at member’s home. To learn about events, you need to email the group and join the yahoo list…

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Guy’s Movie Night Out Gay and Bi group of all ages  | Meetings:  Single and Partnered (meets once a month). Meet at Regal Biltmore Grande and dinner afterward at Brixx Pizza.

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Hendersonville Transgender Association All inclusive transgender support to include SOs, family members, parents, friends, and supportive others.  | City: Hendersonville | Meetings:  Meets every other month opposite of Phoenix on second Saturday of the month.

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Welcoming Groups

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User's Guides - Welcoming Groups

One listing per group.

If you want to list separate workshops, we will be adding a catalog of on-demand workshops soon.

List groups only, please.

This listing is intended to help people find groups that they might want to join – whether for fun, support, or community involvement.  Use our other directories for organizations, companies, and service providers.

Be transparent about any restrictions.

Groups do not have to be LGBTQ-focused, but must be LGBTQ-welcoming.  We understand that a group may have certain restrictions that are in keeping with its mission (e.g., youth only; male or male-identified).  Any such restrictions should be stated explicitly in the restrictions field.

Listings should reflect our local focus

We welcome listings from groups that operate in and around western North Carolina.  This includes nearby communities in adjacent states.

We reserve the right to remove listings at any time and for any reason.

We will remove a listing if there is evidence that a speaker and/or their content is incompatible with our focus on community-building, community support, and constructive dialogue.

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Use the filters to find groups that focus on what you are looking for.

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Cautions

We do not monitor or endorse groups.

We review new submissions against our listing standards but otherwise accept (or reject) them as presented.  We may remove a listing if community feedback suggests that it is materially inaccurate or that the speaker’s content is fundamentally at odds with our focus on community-building.

We do not conduct detailed checks of organizations and their links. 

Please be careful when following links outside this site or when reaching out to new entities.  

We do not manage communications or registrations with groups.

Users who wish to contact a group should use the links provided by the group.  If you wish to suggest minor edits, please contact the group using their links.

Give us feedback!  And, please be patient.

This is our pilot release.  We will assemble user feedback to guide our second release in 2020 Q2.

We encourage and welcome donations.

We welcome everything from modest donations to immodest endowments. If active users and directory listers kick in a little something each year, we think that we can sustain and build this virtual center for the community.

Relevant to our local LGBTQ and allied communities.

This includes western North Carolina and nearby communities in contiguous states (e.g., eastern Tennessee, northwestern South Carolina, northern Georgia, southwestern Virginia. It also includes groups based outside the region that have a local presence.

No offensive content

This includes language and visuals that are considered hateful, threatening or inappropriately graphic.  Bear in mind that this site is accessible to minors.

No content that poses a threat to people’s privacy or to copyright laws.

Do not share names, photos or contact information without appropriate authorization or consent. 

No embedded funding appeals and links.

Why?  We don’t allow these because we don’t have the resources to monitor such links. You are welcome to link to pages on your site that include these. 

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Perhaps you are taking over for someone else in your group. Maybe you want control of a draft entry that we had  created for your organization. We can help!  Bear in mind that only one registered user can be authorized to manage a listing at a time. The person requesting control should follow these steps:
  1. Register on the site and log in.  [TIP: Register with your organization email if you have one.]
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  3. At the bottom of the listing, click the Claim Listing button.
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  5. We will review the application and transfer the listing. Please allow 1-3 days.

User's Guides - Welcoming Groups

  • Prepare. There is no save-and-resume button. But you can return to edit an event.
  • Categories. Select at least one category in each group:
    • Event Type
    • Target Audience – who you designed event for
    • Welcoming Pages – where to publish the event
  • Venues / Organizers.  Enter the name of the organizer (your group) and the location (venue).
    • If it is already in the database, the calendar will populate your event with relevant contact and location information.
    • If you have to add a new organizer or venue, please fill in all the fields.  It will help others.
  • Online Events. Select “Online Event” as your Venue.
  • Recurring Events. Powerful, but a little confusing the first time:
    • To enter a meeting on the same date each month (e.g., the 5th), select “on the same day”.
    • To enter a meeting on the same day and/or week (e.g., 1st Monday), select “on a different day”.

Relevant to our local LGBTQ and allied communities.

This includes western North Carolina and nearby communities in contiguous states (e.g., eastern Tennessee, northwestern South Carolina, northern Georgia, southwestern Virginia. It also includes groups based outside the region that have a local presence.

No offensive content

This includes language and visuals that are considered hateful, threatening or inappropriately graphic.  Bear in mind that this site is accessible to minors.

No content that poses a threat to people’s privacy or to copyright laws.

Do not share names, photos or contact information without appropriate authorization or consent. 

No embedded funding appeals and links.

Why?  We don’t allow these because we don’t have the resources to monitor such links. You are welcome to link to pages on your site that include these. 

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  | [email protected] 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.  
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MailPO Box 2044, Asheville NC 28802-2044

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

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