News

LGBTQ NEWS of

Knoxville & East Tennessee

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?

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

Club Q Vigil Planned for Dec 7 2022 Friendsville TN

CLUB Q VIGIL PLANNED FOR DEC 7 2022 FRIENDSVILLE TN Beau Knowles Knox LGBT Businesses


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


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

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

READ MORE HERE

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 for the next 2 weekends. Have a great time everyone. ~Beau READ MORE HERE

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.).

READ MORE HERE

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

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

Beginning with Youth Pride Fest in Early May to Chattanooga Pride, Knox Pride Festival concluding with Atlanta Pride in October. This list has 13 festivals to visit near you. READ MORE HERE

LGBTQ Dance events in and around Knoxville TN. Diversity Prom for Youth, Adult Prom as a fundraiser in Sevier County and Knox Pride teaches us all to dance. 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

SoKno Pride formerly known as Southside Pride will be June 11, 2022, on Sevier Ave. in South Knoxville TN. The event information can currently be found on SoKnoPride Instagram page. The post said they have some big things planned and to stay tuned. READ MORE HERE

LGBTQ Affirming churches & Easter Egg hunts. There are over 25 LGBTQ Affirming and accepting churches in Knoxville TN, many have Easter Egg Hunts and opportunities for activities.

READ MORE HERE

Fire Relief Donation Drive for LGBTQ community members in Wildfire area

Appalachian OUTReach accepting donations of items for LGBTQ Community Members affected by the Wears Valley Wildfires

SEE WEBSITE for more info.

Knox Pride Vocational Center Opens Offers Events, Classes & Safe Space

Knox Pride Center offers multiple events at their Chapman Hwy location filling a void for Services & Assistance in the Knoxville LGBTQ community. (Story Developing)

READ MORE HERE ON Knox Pride Event Calendar

SEND PRESS RELEASES TO knoxlgbtbusinesses@gmail.com

Sponsor a page of our LGBTQ Directory. Logo or Photo Business listings are a great way to be SEEN as accepting.

Email Beau for more info.

Are you on our list?

Knox Pride Festival Set for Sept 30th to Oct 2nd

Knoxville TN Jan 11, 2022, Knox Pride announced in a LIVE stream of their monthly board meeting on Tuesday, that they are moving the 2022 Knox Pride Festival to Fall of this year. The festival will now be 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... for list of events.

Planned Parenthood Still Offers Some Services after Fire

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. READ MORE HERE.... to learn how to access services or to donate to the organization.

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

Knoxville TN Jan 8, 2022 Lillian Lovingood, co-organizer of South Side Pride announced on the organization's social media group that they are seeking help from the community. READ MORE HERE...

Concourse Opens at New Broadway Ave Location 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 it's 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....