“Look How Far We’ve Come”

The 2019 TriPride Parade and Festival will be held in downtown Kingsport, Tennessee, on September 7, 2019. The event, in its second year, is being designed with the theme “Look How Far We’ve Come.” TriPride organizers are keeping a similar format to last year’s event. There will be a series of activities during Pride week, leading up to the parade and festival on Saturday, September 7. Live entertainment, vendors, exhibitors and food trucks will be present. The festival will take place in the heart of downtown Kingsport and will be free to the public.

The theme “Look How Far We’ve Come” was chosen to emphasize the progress of LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion in relation to where it was 50 years ago. It has been 50 years since the 1969 Stonewall Riots of New York City, considered by many to be the birth of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.

“The Stonewall Riots were a turning point in the gay rights movement. The community reached a breaking point over police harassment and brutality. So they fought back. But our positive experiences last year with local government and law enforcement just emphasizes one element of how far the LGBTQ+ community has come,” Kenn Lyon, TriPride president said.

Another example of the progress of the LGBTQ+ community is evident in the outpouring of community support — both from individuals and local businesses — for the inaugural festival. The community came together to support TriPride’s mission, with several local businesses reporting it as one of their most profitable days in their history.

“The theme is also poignant in regard to our own organization,” Lyon said. “We’re just over a year old as an organization. It’s incredible to think about what we’ve been able to achieve with community, business, and local government support in such a short period of time.”

The organizers acknowledge there is still much work to be done to build community bridges and relationships, but also emphasize there is much to celebrate.

TriPrideTN, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charity formed in 2017 whose purpose is to organize and present a free community Pride parade and festival. The parade and festival event is the primary tool the organization uses to further its mission: building a stronger and more inclusive community across Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. In September 2018, TriPride presented its large Pride parade and festival — the first of its kind in the Tri-Cities — hosted in Founders Park, Johnson City, Tennessee. Over 10,000 people gathered for the festivities. The parade featured the largest contingency in Johnson City’s history.

2018 TriPride Photo Contest


#tripridetn1 & Win!

We are excited to announce the 2018 TriPride Photo Contest. The winner will receive $100!

To participate:

  • Take plenty of photos during any of our scheduled events during TriPride Week (Sept. 9th – 16th, 2018). Find events here:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/tripridetn/events/
  • Then submitt your entries by sharing them on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram along with the following hashtag: #tripridetn1  (Important: Don’t forget to post the hashtag along with your photo, that’s the only way we can find your photo entries)
  • Make sure to post your photo no later than 9 am (EST) Monday, Sept. 17th, 2018 to be eligible to win.
  • The winner will be notified by Sept. 24th, 2018 by private message on the social media platform he/she used to submit the photo. The winner will have 2 weeks to respond to our message. If we don’t receive a response, another winner will be chosen (see a complete list of rules and regulations below). If you have questions, just reach out to us on social media. Good luck!!! 


Rules and Regulations


  1. Eligibility: This Campaign is open to everyone. To participate, take a photo at any TriPride TN event or activity during the week of September 9th through 16th, 2018. Then submit your picture no later than 9 am (EST) Monday morning, September 16th, 2018 by posting it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram along with #tripridetn1. (See item 4 below for more details). Eligible photos must be taken during a TriPride event occurring between September 9th and September 16th, 2018. A list of events can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/tripridetn/events/

Board members of TriPrideTN, immediate family members or TriPrideTN Planning Committee members are not eligible to participate in the Campaign. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

  1. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“you”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and you represent and warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, you agree to accept the decisions of TriPrideTN as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.
  2. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on September 9th, 2018 and ending September 16th, 2018. All online entries must be received by 9 am (EST) Monday morning, September 17th, 2018.
  3. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by sharing a photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter that is taken during any TriPrideTN event or activity that occurs during the week of September 9th – 16th, 2018. Important: The social media post must include this hashtag: #TriPrideTN1

Entering this contest, constitutes permission for TriPrideTN to use the entry (photo) for purposes of marketing, advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of TriPrideTN. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of TriPrideTN.

  1. Prizes: The Winner(s) of the Campaign (the “Winner”) will receive $100. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for TriPrideTN to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.
  2. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  3. Winner Selection and Notification: Winner will be selected by a TriPrideTN board member voting process under the supervision of TriPrideTN Executive Council. The winner will be notified by messaging them on the social media platform he/she used to submit the photo. The winner will be contacted by September 24th, 2018. TriPrideTN shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to respond within 2 weeks of being notified. Furthermore, TriprideTN shall have no liability for the Winner’s failure to respond due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 14 days from the time award notification was sent, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  4. Rights Granted by you: By entering this contest, you understand and agree that TriPrideTN, anyone acting on behalf of TriPrideTN, and TriPrideTN’s licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your photo for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes, without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. By entering this content, you represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, you will be disqualified at the sole discretion of TriPrideTN. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, you shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless TriPrideTN from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which TriPrideTN may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.
  5. Disputes: THIS Campaign IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND TENNESSEE, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this campaign, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this campaign, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in Tennessee having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this campaign). Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
  6. Facebook: The Campaign hosted by TriPrideTNis in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.

Eastman to Sponsor TriPride Festival in September


TRI-CITIES, Tenn. ̶ TriPrideTN is pleased to announce Eastman as one of the major partners supporting the inaugural TriPride Parade and Festival set for September 15, 2018 at Founder’s Park in Johnson City, Tenn.

“As a global company, we recognize the importance of promoting inclusion and authenticity within the company’s culture, and we appreciate the thought and approach TriPride leadership has taken to plan the Festival. We look forward to being a part of the day’s activities,” says Eastman’s Director of Global Public and Community Affairs, CeeGee McCord.”

“Alongside many other companies from across the Tri-Cities region and beyond, TriPride is very grateful for the support we’ve received from individuals, businesses and industry. Having Eastman as one of our major supporters for the 2018 festival is a demonstration of their leadership in our region,” says TriPrideTN President Kenn Lyon.

Through the TriPride Parade and Festival, TriPrideTN celebrates the rich diversity of the LGBTQ community. TriPrideTN hopes to inspire residents in the Tri-Cities region to feel just that – pride in their community – and create an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable and welcome. The event will feature a parade as well as an afternoon festival of music, food, kids’ events, an art competition and much more.

“Diversity is much more than what meets the eye,” continues McCord. “Through embracing diversity of thought, ideas and perspectives, we have the opportunity to continue to grow a thriving economy in a region where collaboration and creativity are valued. We believe this will help open doors not only today, but also for future generations in our region.”

Citi Becomes Parade Sponsor

TRI-CITIES, Tenn.  ̶  TriPrideTN, Inc. is excited to announce that Citi Retail Services of Gray, TN will be the main parade sponsor for the 2018 TriPrideTN Parade and Festival.

Citi made the announcement on Friday, June 1 by presenting a sponsorship donation check to TriPrideTN, Inc. The check presentation was made during Citi’s Pride Month celebration at their Gray, Tennessee.

This money and other fundraising will be used to organize and plan a free community pride parade and festival for the Tri-Cities on September 15, 2018 that will be open to everyone. The parade will begin at noon at the intersection of Roan and Commerce Streets in downtown Johnson City and will end at Founder’s Park, where the festival will be held.

Chris Dagenhart, Board Member of TriPrideTN, Inc., is excited that business sponsors across the Tri-Cities region are stepping up to stand for inclusion. “TriPride is finding a growing commitment in the business community of the Tri-Cities that wants to build a more inclusive community — which is good for people and good for business.”

Across the Tri-Cities, businesses large and small are getting involved to help make TriPrideTN a success by contributing sponsorship money or by making an in-kind donation. “We are fortunate to have a prominent employer such as Citi sponsoring this event,” Dagenhart said.

TriPrideTN, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charity formed in 2017 whose purpose is to organize and present a free community Pride festival and parade.

For more information, to make a donation or to become a sponsor, see the organization’s website at www.TriPrideTN.org or follow us on Facebook.

Get to Know Sandra Hagen

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Get to know James Michalski

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TriPrideTN To Focus on Community Building

TRI-CITIES, Tenn.  ̶  TriPrideTN is a new nonprofit organization formed to build a stronger and more inclusive community across northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. TriPrideTN celebrates the LGBTQ community and welcomes their allies, supportive nonprofit organizations, faith congregations, and local businesses.

Founder George Chamoun is one of more than 30 members who in four months quickly built TriPrideTN from concept to formation to an active 501(c)(3) nonprofit. He often anticipates the most obvious question about TriPrideTN in conversations with people who have never heard the name.

“Why the need for TriPrideTN?” Chamoun asked. “Because we need an organization that celebrates and welcomes the LGBTQ community and all who love and support them. Because we recognize that there’s a general undercurrent of divisiveness in our country; anyone who spends time on social media sees and feels it on a daily basis. That divisiveness is disheartening. It’s counterproductive. It drives unnecessary wedges between us.

“TriPrideTN can provide a sense of belonging for people who need it, and it can heal some of the divisiveness by bringing people together to share different perspectives and experiences, as well as our commonalities. Our members believe we live in a great region – and we feel a shared responsibility to help make it even better.”

For those who want to make a difference, TriPrideTN asks that they circle a date on their calendar: September 15, 2018.

On that day, TriPrideTN will host an inaugural event where everyone in the Tri-Cities can feel comfortable and welcome as part of our community. The September event will feature a parade in downtown Johnson City which will end with an afternoon festival in Johnson City’s Founders Park. TriPrideTN’s focus is to help create a better community that everyone can be proud to call home. Communities across Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia have been invited to participate with the planning and fundraising for this family-friendly celebration.

Studies support the need for TriPrideTN. In 2015, McKinsey & Company published a report titled Diversity Matters. Like other studies, it highlights the relationship between high performing teams and inclusive environments enabled by the opportunity to focus on differences in order to overcome their biases. There is an opportunity to increase the feelings of inclusion in Tri-Cities to make us more productive neighbors. This is sometimes referred to as the diversity dividend which impacts both our community and businesses.

TriPrideTN’s goal also includes building deeper connections with many organizations across the Tri-Cities region – especially focusing on the business & industry community, visitor and business development departments and communities of faith.

Chamoun, who is one of five elected board members of TriPrideTN said the group is excited to work with all individuals who want to make our region better through better inclusion and understanding.

“This is a new and independent organization that wants to work across the community with clearly articulated realizable goals,” Chamoun said. “When we all work together toward building a more inclusive community, it’s good for business and good for people.”

Donations are welcome and can be made by visiting www.TriPrideTN.org.

For more information, visit www.tripridetn.org or follow us on Facebook.

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Who we are

As we’ve been spreading the word about TriPride, the reception and support has been incredible. Thank you! Folks are super excited, and so are we!

Several people have asked about our affiliation with the Pride Community Center in Johnson City, Tennessee. Although we are supportive of the center’s ambitions, we are not affiliated with it or other non-profit organizations. We have reached out to organizations such as PFLAG and TCATS, have been contacting regional colleges and universities, and have met with event planners from the local Chambers of Commerce.

TriPride is a new, independent non-profit devoted to celebrating the history of diversity for the LGBTQ community at an annual event with our partners and allies in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee region. We are confident that providing a safe and encouraging environment for people to gather and celebrate their differences will have a positive impact on the surrounding community.

If you still have questions, would like to donate time, money, or talent, contact us here. We’d love to hear from you.