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Pride Festivals Across the South 2023

Pride Festivals in Middle and Eastern Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and Kentucky. Including some 1st Annual Festivals in smaller communities. I'm sure there are more than this however, I created this list for my businesses and followers. Enjoy. Beau Knowles Knox LGBT Businesses  READ MORE HERE

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Bryant's Bridge Inc a Transitional Home for LGBTQ Homeless Youth  2 years later

A chat with Bryant's Bridge Sean Bryant on how the home for LGBTQ Homeless Youth is doing since opening to their first resident in December 2021.  READ MORE HERE....

Knox Chalk Car at Knoxville Pride Parade Sept 30, 2022

Knox Chalk Car Knoxville's Inclusive Chalkboard Paint Car

The Funky Little Chalk Paint Car in East Tennessee goes to festivals, schools, parks to continue their mission of supporting inclusion, diversity and autism acceptance. They let the general public draw on the car then share the messages via Tiktok and Facebook Reels. READ MORE HERE

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SoKno Pride 2023 A message from Co Founder Jimi Miller

SoKno Pride is the Street Celebration/ Pride Festivial held each year in Sout Knoxville TN. An area affectionally known as SoKno. Learn about the event and it's continued support of the LGBTQ community.  READ MORE HERE

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Community is Still In Love with South Press Coffee

South Press Coffee Shop has become the "HAPPILY EVER AFTER" part of a Love story for East Tennessee Queer Folk. It was a coffee shop that started as a sober safe space in 2020, hosted by an adored community member, that has become a venue for entertainment and meeting place of thousands.  READ MORE HERE

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Knoxville Planned Parenthood Offers Mobile Health Unit Located at Messiah Lutheran Church

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 their new Mobile Medical Unit.  READ MORE HERE

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Knox Pride Vocational Center Offers Events, Classes,  Safe Space & A Thriftique Thrift Store

Knox Pride Center offers many events and classes at their South Knoxville location on Chapman Hwy. The center has added a Thriftique Thrift Store, Food, Toiletries Pantry and other items a financially struggling person might need to make their life more comfortable. The center is filling a void for Services & Assistance in the Knoxville LGBTQ community. READ MORE HERE

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Suicide Prevention Hotline Numbers

Bookwalter United Methodist to Hold Suicide Prevention Day April 29, 2023

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.  READ MORE HERE

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LGBTQ Friendly Easter in Knoxville & Surrounding Cities

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

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Meet the Appalachian Equality Chorus 

"The Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus is now the Appalachian Equality Chorus. Why Change? Since our founding, KGMC has grown with members travelling from as far away as North Georgia, Southern Virginia, and Chattanooga. We now hold weekly rehearsals both in Knoxville and the Tri-Cities to provide a home for more of our Appalachian community." READ MORE HERE

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Club Q Vigil Planned at Union Grove United Methodist Church

Local LGBTQ organizations have planned a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the LGBTQ Club Q Colorado Springs Shooting Victims. Appalachian OUTreach released this statement, "Appalachian OUTReach  in partnership with the Maryville College Pride Club and Union Grove UMC will be providing a vigil for Club Q victims and survivors on December 7 @ 6:00 pm at the Union Grove United Methodist Church 1151 Lane Dr. in Friendsville TN.  READ MORE HERE

Nonprofits to Support on Giving Tuesday

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 it in your heart to donate. ~Beau Knowles READ MORE HERE

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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. My sympathies to all individuals that have experienced Hate Crimes or any form of violence.  ~Beau Knowles  READ MORE HERE 

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LGBTQ Friendly Halloween/Fall Festivals in Knoxville TN 

I've had this question come up recently. Where are the Halloween and Fall Festival events that are LGBTQ and Alternative lifestyle Friendly? Some of my members have been discussing this, they are uncomfortable going to large religious denominations where they may not be accepted. I know there are many places that just give out candy but why not support organizations that support you? Here is. my list of events . Have a great time everyone. ~Beau READ MORE HERE

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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

Flyer from Planned Parenthood  Peer Programs

The beginning of July brought us news from Planned Parenthood of Tennessee. Read more as we learn about the new programs that are beginning directly from the PP's Health Educator Noé Monárrez. READ MORE HERE

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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


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Knox Pride Festival Flyer  September 2022

Knox Pride Festival 2022 First In Person event since 2020

Knox Pride announced it's first in person event since 2020. Knox Pride Festival  will be held in the fall of 2022. The festival is a 3 day event which is the first of its kind for our area.  Knox Pride President John Camp stated, "we are still a FREE festival".   READ MORE HERE

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Planned Parenthood Still Offers Some Services after Fire

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 the organization. READ MORE HERE

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South Side Pride Festival Seeks New Organizer After Success of event in 2021

Lillian Lovingood, co-organizer of South Side Pride announced on the organization's social media group that they are seeking help from the community finding people to help with the event, specifically new organizer(s) for the  event.  READ MORE HERE

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Music Venue "The Concourse" Opens at New Broadway Ave Location, Offers More Concerts and Diverse Events  

Concourse Knoxville, the music venue and event space has a new Old North Knoxville location owner Jay Harris talks about plans for the new location.  READ MORE HERE

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Fire Relief Donation Drive for LGBTQ community members in Wildfire area

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