Local Resources

KNOX LGBT RESOURCE DIRECTORY

LOCAL RESOURCES

KNOX COUNTY TN

Free Mom Hugs- Tennessee This is the Tennessee State Chapter of Free Mom Hugs. Our Mission Statement: Empowering the world to Celebrate the LBGTQIA+ Community through visibility, education, and conversation. And yes, we still give hugs. Nonprofit Organization @FreeMomHugs barb.schneider@tn.freemomhugs.org www.FreeMomHugs.org/

Gyrlgroove We support female artists, civic organizations that provide support services to women, and any organization that seeks to enhance the strength of womynhood in today's social, political and economic environment. Kathrine@gyrlgroove.com www.Gyrlgroove.com

Knoxville LGBT Friendly, Owned, Operated Businesses (Knox LGBT Businesses) Promotes lgbt(q) businesses and those friendly to our community. We offer a private facebook group for consumers to ask questions and businesses to offer services and products. We have a directory of lgbtq businesses, that includes support groups and lgbtq community resources. We also have advertisement and sponsorship opportunities on our web page. 865-236-0521 PO Box 22081 Knoxville TN 37933 @Knoxlgbtbusinesses knoxlgbtbusinesses@gmail.com www.knoxlgbtbusinesses.com

Knoxville Gay Men's Discussion Group Over 25 yrs together. We meet each Monday from 7:30pm to 9:00 pm at TVUUC 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN www.gaygroupknoxville.org

Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus A group of men joining voices to support the gay community and to build bridges between the LGBTQ+ community and everyone else in East Tennessee. Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus – Voices for Equality 865.255.5623 Facebook @KnoxvilleGayMensChorus info@knoxgmc.org www.knoxgmc.org

Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) Founded in 2004, engages state and local governments in Tennessee on behalf of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. We fight negative legislation at the state level such as the Don't Say Gay, License to Bully, and Turn the Gays Away bills. Leave a voice mail or text us at (615) 212-3947. Facebook #TennesseeEqualityProject info@tnep.org www.tnep.org

Knox Pride The East Tennessee Equality Council’s (ETEC) d.b.a. KnoxPride's mission is to provide and conduct educational, cultural, and informational programs supporting the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender community throughout East TN @knoxpridefest info@knoxpride.com www.knoxpride.com

Knox Pride Vocation Center Knox Pride is a 501c3 non-profit organization in Knoxville, TN. Our vocation suite is a learning facility for meetings, activities, and group gatherings. 4028 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920

Knoxville Cares GLBT & HIV+ Community. Hosts Knoxville’s World Aid’s Day 3115 Delrose Dr. Knoxville, TN 37914 865.621.1943 @Knoxville-Cares-359405051082 knoxvillecares@msn.com

Voices Out Loud: East Tennessee LGBTQ History Project Voices Out Loud works to collect, share, and preserve East Tennessee’s LGBTQ+ history and culture. Let’s #MakeHistoryTogether. @VoicesOutLoudTN Email voicesoutloudproject@gmail.com http://voicesoutloudproject.org

The little free LGBTQ+ library of Knoxville is a place to find yourself in the pages of books. Free to all, kindly hosted at @southpressknoxville in South Knox and sponsored by Voices Out Loud: The LGBTQ+ History Project of East TN. Books from the library are available at South Press Coffee Shop 3615 Chapman Hwy Knoxville TN 37920 freelgbtqlibraryknox@gmail.com https://www.librarything.com/catalog/voices

LGBT Liaison to the Mayor works closely with LGBTQ+ groups and individuals to hear concerns and to share information through outreach and public education. The Liaison advises the Mayor on LGBTQ+ policy and other issues on the local, state and national levels. If you have suggestions or concerns about LGBTQ+ issues in Knoxville, please contact the Mayor’s LGBT Liaison. City of Knoxville Chip Barry LGBT Liaison to the Mayor Deputy Chief of Operations City County Building 400 Main St. - Rm. 681 Knoxville, TN 37902 865-215-3146 cbarry@knoxvilletn.gov https://knoxvilletn.gov/government/mayors_office/lgbt_equality_in_knoxville?

Knoxville Police Department LGBT Liaison The purpose of the Knoxville Police Department’s LGBTQ Liaison is to strengthen the relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and the Police Department. By establishing an ongoing dialogue, the Liaison hears directly from community members about concerns, works collaboratively with the community to identify solutions, and educates about recommended safety measures and available resources. The LGBTQ Liaison also serves as an internal resource for KPD on issues of inclusiveness. Officer Michele Goldsberry Knoxville Police Department LGBTQ Liaison KPD Training Academy 6388 Cement Plant Road Knoxville, TN 37924 865-215-1308 mgoldsberry@knoxvilletn.gov http://knoxvilletn.gov/government/city_departments_offices/police_department/lgbtq_community_liaison

SURROUNDING AREAS

Metro Knoxville Pride Center A collective initiative to open a Pride Center for Knox County and surrounding areas. We have created a needs assessment to figure out how we can best help our LGBTQIA+ community. Please join us! Our google form is available on our facebook page or visit https://forms.gle/s7iCuw8YqUmsPnmx7 @metroknoxpridecenter metroknoxpridecenter@gmail.com

BLOUNT COUNTY TN

Appalachian OUTReach is a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission to empower, connect, and support the East Tennessee lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people through the provision of safe and healthy, inclusively welcoming, OUR MISSION Empower, Connect, & Support East TN LGBTQ+ communities. @appalachianoutreach http://appalachianoutreach.org

SEVIER COUNTY TN

Sevier Community Outreach This group is for the members of the Sevier Community Outreach group meeting at at the King Family Library to discuss LGBTQ+ issues and programs for the community. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2824944517755512

CHATTANOOGA TN

Chattanooga Pride is the LGBTQ+ Pride Festival for the greater Chattanooga area. Managed by the 501(c)3 non-profit Tennessee Valley Pride. Our volunteer board works year-round to bring the LGBTQ+ community and our allies together for events, various causes, and to build networks of support which benefit all of us (423) 402-0408 PO BOX 8116 Chattanooga, TN 37414-0116 @TennesseeValleyPride www.chattanoogapride.com

Sanctuary Cafe and Performing Arts Sanctuary is a Non-religious Community Café and Performing Arts Venue for the Chattanooga region providing: Safety, Acceptance, Fellowship, Expression. Resources. (423) 305-9679 4707 12th Ave, Chattanooga, TN @sanctuarychattanooga sanctuary.chattanooga@gmail.com http://sanctuaryperformingarts.com/

JOHNSON CITY TN

Pride Community & Education Center We are a non-profit Gay & Lesbian community center in the Tri-Cities of NE TN, dedicated to creating a space to nurture and empower the LGBTQ people here. @PrideTriCities info@pridetricities.com http://www.pridetricities.com/

ASHEVILLE NC

Blue Ridge Pride Center We seek to foster an inclusive community, where people are embraced for who they are and feel welcomed to engage and contribute. We focus on LGBTQ and allied communities in WNC. 828) 423-0655 @blueridgepridecenter executivedirector@blueridgepride.org http://www.blueridgepride.org/