Current & Past Leaders/ Organizers
Hello, I've been leading the Lesbian Social Group of Knoxville TN since Dec 3 2015. I'm also the designer of this website which I have been a caretaker for since Donna moved to NC in 2015.
I joined this group in 1999. I would not be the advocate that I am without beginning my journey in this group. I am a partnered woman lovin' woman here in East TN.
I also lead Southern Rainbows TN womyn's group. I own the KnoxLGBTBusinesses and Directory websites. I'm an advisor for Knox Pride and Metro Knoxville Pride Center.
A contributor to the Voices OUTloud LGBTQ History Archives. The history Archives are housed at the University of Tennessee Library's Special Collection. My efforts are followed by their researchers. I am an interviewee for Smith College Lesbian Oral History Project.
I continue this group to be a guide to any person that should contact the group through Facebook or email. I want to give back for the welcoming and support I was given when I first came out.
Here is a photo of my original mapquest search for the meeting locations June 1999.
The location was advertised in the Metro Pulse Magazine.
I have started speaking about my coming out story in podcasts. I don't' know if there anyone that just said, "oh I'm gay" then lived happily ever after. I may add my story here at a later date.
One of the podcasts I will be speaking too is by one of our old members. Beth Maples Bayes Lesbian Echoes. She interviews older lesbians worldwide about their stories. She's a dear friend of mine. Please follow her.
Donna led the Lesbian Social Group until December 2015 when she moved to North Carolina. (Add more here)
Ann G. hosted our meeting at Kurts and Kristtopher's. (Add more here)
Original LSG members
Original members of LSG
Tamara and Donna at the15 year Anniversary Party
I talked to Tamara on the telephone in 2023. She was so pleased to hear that the organization she founded was still going strong. Tamara said she was in Knoxville TN in 1997. She had been through a hard breakup and was surprised that she couldn't find any community to spend time with. She decided that there had to be other people in the area that wanted to get together. She stated going to businesses asking them if she could hold meetings at their establishments. She created flyers to put up, she created a logo. She was completely right. People began to come to her meetings; they planned all kinds of events. She said everyone was happy to find community. She said it was a great time in her life. She led the group until she had to move out of state in 1999. She left the Lesbian Social Group of Knoxville TN in the very capable hands of Donna H.
Information about the founders of the Lesbian Social Group of Knoxville TN (add more here)