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Queer Travel Guide: Asheville

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Asheville, North Carolina, is known for its vibrant arts scene, eclectic culture, and progressive community, making it a welcoming spot for LGBTQ+ travelers. As a queer person, it's important to know that where you are traveling you will feel safe and accepted, and having a list of a few LGBTQ+ friendly spots can make all the difference. Here are some queer-friendly places to visit in Asheville:

1. O.Henry's / Scandals Nightclub: Located in downtown Asheville, O.Henry's and Scandals Nightclub offer a lively LGBTQ+ nightlife experience with drag shows, dancing, and themed events.

2. The Odditorium: This quirky venue hosts a variety of events, including drag shows, burlesque performances, live music, and alternative arts events. It's a popular spot among Asheville's LGBTQ+ community.

3. Asheville LGBTQ Center: The LGBTQ Center provides resources, support, and programming for the LGBTQ+ community in Asheville. Check their calendar for events, workshops, and social gatherings.

4. Asheville Pride Festival: Held annually in downtown Asheville, the Pride Festival celebrates LGBTQ+ pride and culture with vendors, performances, speakers, and community organizations.

5. The Mothlight: This intimate music venue frequently hosts LGBTQ+ artists and events. Check their calendar for queer-friendly performances and shows.

6. Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe: Malaprop's is an independent bookstore with a welcoming atmosphere and a diverse selection of books, including LGBTQ+ literature and resources.

7. Asheville Drag Brunch: Enjoy a fabulous drag brunch experience at various restaurants and venues around Asheville. Check local event listings for upcoming brunch dates and locations.

8. River Arts District: Explore Asheville's vibrant arts community in the River Arts District, where you can visit galleries, studios, and workshops showcasing the work of LGBTQ+ artists.

10. Blue Ridge Pride Festival: While technically held in nearby Hendersonville, the Blue Ridge Pride Festival is a significant LGBTQ+ event in the region, featuring vendors, entertainment, and community resources.

These are just a few queer-friendly places and events you can enjoy in Asheville.


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