Happy Pride Month, Chattanooga. 🌈
Chloé here, and I’m a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. I came out as bisexual last year, and since then I’ve been learning more than ever about what it means to be queer. Even as someone who now has been in a same-sex relationship for more than a year, there’s a lot to take in about LGBTQ+ history, discrimination, rights, and the evolution of the cultural acceptance and understanding of LGBTQ+ people.
Locally, Chattanooga Pride + Tennessee Valley Pride combine powers to “raise awareness, educate, and improve our community with dignity.”
June is Pride Month nationwide.
In the past, local residents and businesses have also celebrated in June, and Chattanooga Pride President David Wright said there were initially plans to promote Pride virtually this month. But as protests for racial equality have erupted across the country and in Chattanooga, the goal for June became to support that movement, he said.
○ At the end of this month, the groups are planning a fundraiser to support the BLM movement.
○ It’s slated for June 24 at The Honest Pint in conjunction with the downtown bar’s monthly Drag Queen Bingo.
○ Chattanooga’s Pride celebration will be Sept. 27-Oct. 4.
○ October is LGBT History Month, including National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11.
○ On Oct. 3, there will be an event in Cooper’s Alley from noon to – 4 p.m. There will be face painting, games, and drag queen storytime for all ages.
○ Later that evening, the area will transform for Broadway in the Alley, an evening gala that will feature Chattanooga distilleries and breweries + entertainment and dancing.
○ Oct. 4 is the annual Pride Parade, which starts on Market Street and ends at Ross’ Landing.
How to get involved?
○ Participate in monthly Zoom calls with Chattanooga Pride/Tennessee Valley Pride. It’s the general board meeting but anyone in the community is welcome to join. If you want to speak, reach out to leaders through Facebook.
○ Organizers are also looking for vendors, parade participants + sponsors for the October pride celebration.
“We want this year to be a year of celebration. We will be the largest Pride Festival this year in the state of Tennessee, as Knoxville and Nashville’s festivals have both been cancelled. We hope to see a larger turnout than normal as these neighboring cities take this opportunity to celebrate Pride in Tennessee and explore what Chattanooga has to offer.” – Chattanooga Pride President David Wright