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Embracing Pride in the Tri-Cities

In the picturesque Tri-Cities area of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, a vibrant celebration of diversity and inclusivity thrives amidst the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in the Southern United States. Pride becomes a testament to resilience as we navigate a region where being out and proud can be complex. We want to share how to cultivate pride not just in your network, but throughout Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol as well.

Embrace Local LGBTQ+ Organizations and Support Networks

Discover and engage with local LGBTQ+ organizations and support networks that provide safe spaces and resources for individuals in the Tri-Cities area. These organizations understand the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in the South and can offer guidance, support, and a sense of community.

Check out these organizations:

Get Involved with TriPride

Pride Community Center of the Tri-Cities

and many more community partners on our Community Resources page!

Amplify Voices and Celebrate Progress

Highlight the stories of resilience, progress, and personal growth within the LGBTQ+ community in the Tri-Cities area. When you find stories of individuals who have overcome obstacles and found their own unique ways to express pride and authenticity, share them! Follow us on social media to hear these stories. By amplifying these voices, we inspire others and foster understanding within our community.

“When you put love out in the world it travels, and it can touch people and reach people in ways that we never even expected.” — Laverne Cox

Support LGBTQ+-Owned and Inclusive Businesses

Patronize and celebrate LGBTQ+-owned businesses that prioritize inclusivity and acceptance. Additionally, support local businesses that actively embrace diversity and provide safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community. You’ll find many of these businesses at our annual TriPride Festival. By supporting these businesses, we contribute to a more accepting and inclusive environment for everyone.

TriPride is in need of volunteers for our upcoming festival! If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up!

Create Safe Spaces and Foster Connections

Organize and attend inclusive events, gatherings, and support groups that provide safe spaces for LGBTQ+ individuals in the Tri-Cities area. The Pride Community Center of the Tri-Cities (different from TriPride) hosts several support groups on a weekly basis. You can also use social media to find other affirming organizations, or you can work with your network to host your own! These spaces offer opportunities to connect, share experiences, and find support. By creating and participating in these safe spaces, we build a stronger and more resilient community.

Establishing an Allies/Safe Zone Program from HRC

Personal Safety and Self-Care

Finally, it’s important to acknowledge the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in the Southern United States, and understand that personal safety and well-being are paramount. It’s important to respect individuals’ choices regarding when and how they choose to express their pride openly. Encourage self-care practices and provide resources for individuals who may need support or guidance.

The Coming Out Handbook from The Trevor Project

19 Little Ways To Take Care Of Yourself If You’re Not Out from Buzzfeed

In the Tri-Cities area, celebrating pride means acknowledging the unique circumstances of being LGBTQ+ in the Southern United States. By embracing local LGBTQ+ organizations, amplifying voices, supporting inclusive businesses, creating safe spaces, and prioritizing our loved ones’ personal safety and self-care, we build a stronger and more supportive community. Together, let’s celebrate the diversity, resilience, and personal journeys of LGBTQ+ individuals in the Tri-Cities area, fostering an environment where everyone can authentically express themselves with pride and feel supported on their path to self-discovery and acceptance.

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