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Welcoming Speakers & Trainers

Come here to find local speakers, trainers, facilitators, and coaches who seek to open hearts, minds, and communities.

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Tina White

Executive Director, Blue Ridge Pride Center Inc; Board of Directors, Human Rights Campaign; Co-Host and Blogger for The Asheville View

Asheville

In 2014, after 35 years helping large organizations to transform themselves, Tina embarked on her largest transformation project yet: herself. Tina shares, in ways relatable to everyone, what it is like to struggle with gender identity . How does it affect your family? Your work, health, and faith? Why is it so important? Why should others care? What can we learn from transgender people that might enrich and inform our own lives? Tina seeks to connect her experiences to a much broader issue: our universal tendency to label, marginalize, and stereotype - all at tremendous cost to ourselves

Services: Public Speaking, Storytelling

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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.

Use the filter bar to narrow the list.

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

Use the Feedback Button and Group’s email link to report issues and share suggestions.

Use the feedback button for general site issues and suggestions. If your feedback is a correction to a specific listing, use the group’s email link to communicate directly with them.

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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In order to add a listing, you need to be registered and logged in on this site. 

This is so you can return later and edit your entries. It also helps to protect our community.

You only need to do it once.  Thanks!

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Customer Feedback Form

Please use this form to report issues and errors and to provide feedback and suggestions.  This site relies heavily on volunteer support.  Please allow us time to respond.

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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. 

  • Thank you!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Email: [email protected]

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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TARGET AUDIENCE: LGBTQ Community, Allies and Friends

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Welcoming Speakers & Trainers

Come here to find local speakers, trainers, facilitators, and coaches who seek to open hearts, minds, and communities.

Share Directory, or Current Listing

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on email
 NameBackground / Home TownProfile
Tina White

Executive Director, Blue Ridge Pride Center Inc; Board of Directors, Human Rights Campaign; Co-Host and Blogger for The Asheville View

Asheville

In 2014, after 35 years helping large organizations to transform themselves, Tina embarked on her largest transformation project yet: herself. Tina shares, in ways relatable to everyone, what it is like to struggle with gender identity . How does it affect your family? Your work, health, and faith? Why is it so important? Why should others care? What can we learn from transgender people that might enrich and inform our own lives? Tina seeks to connect her experiences to a much broader issue: our universal tendency to label, marginalize, and stereotype - all at tremendous cost to ourselves

Services: Public Speaking, Storytelling

 NameBackground / Home TownProfile