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 has been in a long-term, same-sex relationship, there’s a lot to take in about LGBTQ+ history, discrimination, rights, and theevolution of the cultural acceptance and understanding of LGBTQ+ people.
Local pride Chattanooga Pride + Tennessee Valley Pride combine powers to “raise awareness, educate, and improve our community with dignity.”
In the past, locals have also celebrated in June, and Chattanooga Pride President David Wright said there were initially plans to promote Pride virtually. But as protests for racial equality 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 forJune 24 at The Honest Pint.
What’s next? ○ Chattanooga’s Pridecelebration 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 – 4 p.m., in conjunction with the Chattanooga Library. Expect face painting, games, and drag queen storytime. ○ 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. 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.
Quoteworthy: “We want this year to be a year of celebration … 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
Share the pride. 👇
○ On June 18, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s Unified Command Group announced that nearly all of the state’s long-term care facilities have completed the required COVID-19 testing for residents and staff. Of the 690 long-term care facilities that reported their intent to test staff and residents, 667 have completed the testing so far.
○ The state’s department of education launched a task force to support needs of students across Tennessee related to COVID-19. The task force’s goals are to identify local resources to help, set action items for communities, and plan on-going support for the upcoming school year. (NewsChannel 9)
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Announced ○ Moon River 2020 has been cancelled in an effort to ensure the safety of fans, artists, staff + the community. Moon River will return to Coolidge Park on the second week of September in 2021. If you currently have a ticket to Moon River 2020, you can retain your ticket for the 2021 festival by logging into your Front Gate account and selecting the rollover option before July 20 at 8 p.m. If you do not select the rollover option, you will be refunded after July 20. 🎵 (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Development ○ Construction work at the TopGolf location that will be opening in East Ridge is expected to finish soon despite slowed work due to COVID-19. There is not yet a firm opening date, but Topgolf’s head of communications Kara Berry recently said that she hopes to share that information soon. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Biz ○ Unclaimed Baggage—the country’s only business that sells unclaimed + lost airport baggage and its contents—has opened an e-commerce website. You can shop for clothes, accessories, electronics + more via the website at prices lower than what you’d find in stores. 🛍️ ○ TVA’s economic development partner The Greater Chattanooga Economic Partnership was recently recognized as a 2020 Mac Conway Award winner. The award recognizes the Greater Chattanooga Economic Partnership as one of the top local + regional economic development agencies in the country. (Chattanoogan.com) ○ Comcast announced that it is continuing to provide 60 days of free internet service to new + eligible Internet Essentials customers. The offer will now be available through the end of the year. Comcast will also continue to waive the requirement that customers must not have a past due balance with the company to qualify.
History ○ The National Medal of Honor Heritage Center unveiled a new exhibit this weekend called Dr. Mary Walker: Surgeon, Spy and Patriot about the first + only woman to receive the Medal of Honor. The special exhibit will run through Oct. 19 with additional programming scheduled throughout its run. 🎖️
Civic ○ Tennessee American Water’s 2019 Water Quality Reports are now available for customers to view on the company’s website. TN American Water has met + surpassed the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation + U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards for water quality. You can view the report for Chattanooga here.
DYK ○ On July 2 at 11 a.m., WDEF-TV will be moving frequencies. For viewers who watch TV for free with an over-the-air antenna, this means that you must rescan your TV to continue watching the station. To rescan, select “scan” or “autotune” on the TV or converter box control menu to start the process. If you watch through a satellite service, your service provider will do this for you. 📺 (WDEF)
Cause ○ Logistics company Blue Sky Couriers has donated $713.77 (a penny for every mile driven during the first quarter of 2020) to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. The donation was a part of Blue Sky Couriers’ “Couriers for Kids” program that donates to a different nonprofit focused on children’s health each quarter.
Regional ○ The U.S. Senate recently passed Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander’s resolution designating June 20 as “American Eagle Day.” American Eagle Day celebrates the recovery + restoration of the nation’s symbol of the bald eagle. 🦅
TheBuy ○ We just joined Club Publix. The registration process takes less than 3 minutes – from creating your login info to selecting your interests, i.e. savings, health + happy hour. 🍷Ⓟ
UTC is making plans to be fully operational this fall, with students returning to campus for face-to-face classes.To keep students and faculty safe, the University is putting the following protocolsin place:
○ Everyone on campus will be required to wear face masks.Read: Both indoors + outside while walking to and from classes or meetings. ○ All students will be given masks. Residential students will receive them when they check into their residence halls, and masks will be available to all students at several locations around campus. Faculty and staff will receive masks from their supervisors or department heads. ○ Room capacities + course scheduling are being set to enable classes to meet social distancing guidelines. ○ Several changes are being made to Operation Move-In for the Fall 2020 semester, and staff will be following updated, comprehensive cleaning + sanitizing protocols for all rooms and common spaces.
Learn more about UTC’s health + safety policies regarding face masks, social distancing, campus housing + academics for the upcoming fall semester.Ⓟ