Knoxville, Tennessee Celebrates Gay Pride

Author: , June 24th, 2013

Knoxville Pridefest 2013Gay pride came to Knoxville, Tennessee this last weekend – Knox News reports:

Hundreds of participants marched or rode during a noontime parade through downtown Knoxville, and then the crowd enjoyed food, music and entertainment at World’s Fair Park. For Ben Byers, a board member of the sponsoring East Tennessee Equality Council, the gathering was a prideful event. “Every community needs an opportunity to celebrate things that make them special and unique,” he said. “It is also an opportunity for a group of people, who, especially in the South, live in the shadow, to come out a little bit and be very visible in the community.”

Tennessee isn’t known for its gay friendly attitudes, so it’s great to see a celebration like this there without apparent incident.

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The Advocate Calls Nashville, Tennessee 8th Gayest City in the USA

Author: , January 13th, 2012

Knoxville, TennesseeSo: It’s officially official. Knoxville is more gay-friendly than Atlanta. And Denver, Long Beach, Austin, Portland, Little Rock, and Grand Rapids, Mich.

Leading LGBT magazine The Advocate released its Gayest Cities in America list on Monday, and Knoxville landed a surprising #8, with Salt Lake City coming in at #1. But before bragging to friends in bigger cities or threatening to boycott Gay Street, there are a few caveats to keep in mind: While the list purposely focuses on “the per capita queerness of some less expected locales” rather than the usual suspects, the survey’s criteria is often decidedly tongue in cheek. Balancing straightforward ratings like “LGBT elected city officials” and “Transgender protection” are things like “Nude yoga” and “International Mr. Leather competition semifinalists.”

Lists like these can’t possibly be 100 percent “accurate,” so having fun with it seems like a reasonable route to take.

Full Story from Metro Pulse

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