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SoKno Pride will be in South Knoxville June 10, 2023


May 11, 2023, Beau Knowles Knox LGBT Businesses Knoxville TN

I had a quick email chat with the Co-Founder of SoKno Pride Jimi Miller recently. I first met Jimi via social media in 2021 as I planned to attend South Side Pride as a vendor/performer in the Knox Chalk Car. I think all the attendants of that first event can agree the positive energy from an idea expressed on a social media community to the event was momentous. Honestly, I felt like we all needed some encouragement for 2021 after such a rough year in 2020. This event gave me not just encouragement, it also renewed my belief that we all can make a difference. I'm happy to share this organization's information and events.

Jimi expressed his deep thanks and a request for continued love and support, "Sokno Pride was born in 2021, with the intention of bringing the LGBTQIA+ community together in the form of a drag brunch. Before it even started it grew into something much bigger than I could have ever dreamed of. Planning this event has shown me that our community is capable of so much love and compassion. I want to thank you all for supporting this event and helping me shape it into something that our community needs, now more than ever. Please continue to love and support each other and do your part to make the community feel safe. "

To learn more about SoKno Pride, how to donate or to read about this organization's board please visit their website. www.soknopride.org

If you have any questions about this page Knoxville LGBTQ Friendly Business Directory please email me. Beau Knowles knoxlgbtbusinesses@gmail.com

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Knoxville Planned Parenthood Offers Mobile Health Unit Beginning  May 1 2023

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May 10, 2023 Beau Knowles Knox LGBT Businesses

I think that Knoxville's low income and LGBTQ communities were disheartened with the fire and destruction of the Planned Parenthood Building at 710 N. Cherry Street on Dec 31 2021. Community leaders and resource providers,  including myself, began scrambling to find alternative resources for medical care for patients and to offer emotional support related to the arson case.  

Planned Parenthood has been utilizing a Telehealth, health care via telephone option for patients since January 2022. I was informed at the beginning of May that Planned Parenthood has begun to offer medical services again in a physical capacity by way of new their Mobile Medical Unit.  READ MORE HERE

Bookwalter United Methodist Church Holds Suicide Prevention Day

April 26, 2023 Beau Knowles  Knox LGBT Businesses

I received a message on one of my business Social Media's last night for my new page The East TN LGBTQ Friendly Business Directory. The message was asking for my help spreading the word about an event on Saturday.  A Suicide Prevention Awareness Day provided by Bookwalter United Methodist Church in Knoxville TN.  

Let's learn about it together.  READ MORE HERE


Knox Chalk Car Knoxville's Inclusive Chalkboard Paint Car

The Funky Little Chalk Paint Car is the brainchild of the creator of this website. Always a visionary, sometimes a clown ,I like to keep things in my life interesting. Follow the Knox Chalk Car's Social Media to learn more about the car our mission and adventures. READ MORE HERE

Knox Pride Center opens Thriftique Concept Store

The Knox Pride Community and Resource Center has opened a  new Thriftique concept. "You can shop for free or pay to help cover the cost of the center. All are welcome!!!"

Knox Pride Thriftique Come shop with us Mon-Sat 11am - 4pm  

4044A Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, TN 


What does LGBTQ Mean? 

Please see the Human Right's Campaign (HRC) Glossary of Terms HERE which I found to be the most accurate for orientations and gender identity. The website I have developed is for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer individuals to find LGBTQ FRIENDLY Businesses and Resources in our area, but it is also an opportunity to ENLIGHTEN those that have no opinion to be ACCEPTING and those that do have a negative opinion, maybe to CHANGE IT. All I know is that being the "change you want to see in the world" is real and "leading by example" is important. Take care Everyone. ~Beau

Knoxville LGBTQ Friendly Businesses Are Hiring

Words now hiring

Is your LGBTQ Friendly business hiring? Are you looking for an LGBTQ accepting workplace?  Email Beau for more information Knoxlgbtbusinesses@gmail.com)

Scruffy City Cleaning's Story: Knoxville TN Oct 19, 2022, Its October, school has started back, fall sporting seasons are in high gear, soon families and friend will be gathering to enjoy food and the pleasure of each other's company. One thing you don't want to worry about is cleaning your home or office in preparation of these occasions. Scruffy City Cleaning has become a premier cleaning service in Knoxville. The small business is owned by Cassie Parker.  

Mrs. Parker cites her dedicated staff for her success but to continue to be a success this small business needs to hire more full-time employees. Compensation is $15 an hour, paid weekly with the passing of a background check. Work will be weekdays only, No nights, or weekends and Holiday's off. All applicants must have their own transportation.

Cassie has stated in the past, "I want to keep the jobs in the (LGBTQ) community. I could post in "Knoxville Jobs" and have someone right away, but I truly want to employ my community " "It's the one thing I can absolutely do to maybe make a difference in someone's life." For more information Email Devin Subject: LGBTQjobs  

Wendy's Restaurants

Wendy's Restaurants, the Wen Jai Group, is an inclusive work environment. Wendy's Restaurants would like you to know that they are hiring at their 40 locations across Tennessee.

They have opportunities for all work shifts, full time and part time hours. They can work with school schedules, as a second income and for parent's busy schedules Pay is $10 up to $13.50 per hour depending on the location. Email Pat or call 865-333-2179 to learn more about opportunities with this company. 

World Market

World Market at Turkey Creek Shopping Center in Knoxville TN is hiring part time employees for the holidays and possibly longer. I recently spoke to the store manager Daphne House.  She confirmed the employer is very LGBTQ inclusive. World Market employees receive $12 an hour compensation and schedules are flexible. Ms. House said, "We are happy to work with them." Email Daphne to fill out an application. Subject "Beau Sent Me". 


Knoxville's Pride Organization runs a Store Front Pride Center on Chapman Hwy in Knoxville TN. This location offers many events to teach, support and empower the LGBTQ Community of Knoxville TN.

Knox Pride Event Calendar HERE

Knoxville & East TN



Parade Oct 6 2023

Festival Oct 7-8 

Visit their website KnoxPride.com for more details

Pride 2023 Festivals Across the Southern United States

Beginning with Youth Pride Fest in Early May then on to Chattanooga Pride, Knox Pride Festival concluding with Atlanta Pride in October.  See Our List of Pride Organizations.  (Dates will be added as we are made aware of them- Beau March 30, 2023) .  READ MORE HERE

Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus is now

 the Appalachian Equality Chorus

"The Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus is now the Appalachian Equality Chorus.

KGMC's mission and vision is one of equality and inclusion. As we continue into our second decade, KGMC has announced a name change to grow our family and better represent everyone in our community. Why Change? READ MORE HERE

LGBTQ Affirming Churches & Easter Egg Hunts. As a member of the LGBTQ Community, I often hear that individuals and families do not feel accepted by traditional churches. I haven't had that experience in many years but that is because I know where to go to find acceptance and support. Below is my list of LGBTQ Family Friendly Easter Egg hunts and a link to my list of 30 LGBTQ Supportive and Accepting Churches. READ MORE HERE

LGBTQ Friendly Spiritual Organizations in Knoxville and Surrounding Areas

Keep the Faith there are many accepting Churches and Spiritual Organizations in and around Knoxville TN. See our List  READ MORE HERE 

Wanderlust Salon and Spa in Sevierville noticed a need for a safe space for intimate services such as waxing for Transgender individuals and the LGBTQ+ community. Owner Jessi Seaton decided to fill that need with a service package titled "The Rainbow Package". READ MORE HERE

Hate Crimes Resources for Knoxville TN

I recently set in on a Community Partners Conference Call with the FBI, Department of Justice and local law enforcement for Colorado Springs related to the Club Q LGBTQ nightclub shooting on Nov 20, 2022. I collected information on Hate Crimes, what they are, and how to report them. The photo I am using was searched under "erase hate." My sympathies to all individuals that have experienced Hate Crimes or any form of violence.  ~Beau Knowles


Support Knoxville LGBTQ Nonprofits for Giving Tuesday

As owner of the Knoxville LGBTQ Friendly Business Directory, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge some wonderful and hardworking nonprofits in the Knoxville area. I have 18 local organization, as well as 10 national organizations. Please give generously on Giving Tuesday and any day you feel so compelled. ~Beau Knowles



Scheduled for Oct 6 2023 

Visit their website KnoxPride.com for more details

Fall In Love with South Press

South Press Coffee Celebrated 2 yrs as a Queer Sober Safe Space and Love of the LGBTQ Community of Knoxville TN. In my opinion this is truly a place to fall in love with. (Notice Hours changed back for winter months. Nov 24, 2022, Thursday Thanksgiving and Friday Closed. Open Friday night for Friendsgiving Event 6-8pm. All are welcome. Saturday hours 8am-6pm, Closed Sunday and Monday.)


Congratulations to Krazy for K9's Animal Rescue for becoming a nonprofit

Who was approved for their 501c. Way to go on becoming a nonprofit. Remember "adopt don't shop". Visit Krazy for K9's Animal Rescue's Facebook page to learn how you can help this organization "Save Lives, one paw at a time"  Krazy For K-9s Facebook Page 

Oak Ridge LGBTQ Inclusive Dance School Opens

Amanda Martin, founder of the Beyond the Barre Dance Collective states, "the top two reasons of starting this inclusive dance school was for my family & a former student in the lbgtq+/trans community." READ MORE HERE

How many Nightclubs, Bars and Breweries are LGBTQ Friendly? 

Many... See Our list.   READ MORE HERE 

Knox LGBT Businesses promotes LGBTQ FRIENDLY Businesses

Knoxville Planned Parenthood announces fire won't stop service 

Knoxville TN Dec 31, 2021, Planned Parenthood announced on their social media that the Knoxville clinic has burned New Year's Eve morning, however, patients will continue to receive services such as gender affirming hormone therapy or birth control refills....To learn how to access services or to donate to this organization. READ MORE HERE

The Concourse Opens at New Location on Broadway Ave. Offers More Concerts and Diverse Events

Knoxville TN, Dec. 30, 2021, Knoxville TN, recently caught up with the owner of the Concourse Knoxville, the music venue and event space that is now located in Old North Knoxville READ MORE HERE.. about Jay Harris' plans for the new location.

Bryant's Bridge Inc a Transitional Home for LGBTQ Homeless Youth Opens Its Doors

Knoxville TN Dec 21, 2021, Bryant's Bridge Inc shared a video on their social media Tuesday. The organization's founder Sean Bryant announced the LGBTQ Transitional Home has taken in their first youth clients in one of his "We can make change" style dad talks on Tiktok. READ MORE HERE....


Jennifer R. Egelston

Jennifer R Egelston Family Law Attorney, Family Law involves marriage, divorce, child custody and adoption additionally she's handled orders of protection, plus she is a Rule 31 listed family law mediator with special training in domestic violence.   Her extra time is spend assisting the LGBTQIA+ and military veteran communities through pro bono work. 

Jennifer added "I'd really like to give everyone access to Adoptions, Wills, Powers of Attorneys, Name Changes, and Expungements, I can help you prepare for the future, no matter what comes."  

(865) 404-8226 Email Jennifer Egelston

 "We'll help open the door to your future home." 


Residential home inspection company serving the East Tenn. area. We offer general home inspections, pre-listing inspections, annual inspections, and more.  

(865) 412-0405 





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