Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on November 20th to honor the memory of transgender and non-binary individuals who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender violence and by non-violence (suicide, accidental overdose).
Tennessee lost one of it's own. Vic Yang was a bright light in Chattanooga, TN until their light was extinguished on March 25, 2023.
Vic is described as:
"...a ball of giving energy and light. Vic gave of their affection, giving hugs and joy to everyone they met. They cared fiercely for their people and were a loyal friend. They gave of their talents as well; they were a talented writer and advocate for marginalized people, and a voice for compassion and acceptance. Above all, Vic gave of themselves through faith and love. They were a deeply dedicated follower of Jesus, and both took and gave great comfort through their spirituality and worship—often through music and song with others. They took great comfort in the words and encouragement of their friends, and wanted everyone to know 'The flowers God planted for you have already bloomed but will continue to bloom—isn't that incredible?'"
Approximately 109 people have lost their lives in the US between 11/02/2022 and 11/19/2023. Globally, 321 trans and gender diverse people have reported murdered in this same time frame. Gun violence was the leading cause of violent death among our transgender and gender diverse brothers and sisters and non-binary citizens. Every citizen and non-citizen is remembered on this day.
When: Saturday, December 9th
Time: 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Where: 519 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville, TN
Feel the magic of the season like never before!
We promise an enchanting day filled with joy, laughter, and a dash of pizzazz. So, put on your glitter and sparkle, and be ready to dance, laugh, and be entertained by Drag artists creating a magical atmosphere.
The center will be transformed into a whimsical wonderland, where kids of all ages can indulge in the joy of giving. "Shopping is a Drag" is a heartwarming event by Appalachian OUTreach, where children can shop for affordable gifts to surprise their loved ones. Volunteers will be on hand to wrap these treasures with love!
Picture this: Snowflakes, twinkling lights, and the smell of hot chocolate in the air. As you sip on a cup of steaming cocoa, you can't help but feel the holiday spirit.
Step into a world of enchantment as your little ones meet and greet their favorite North Pole pals, Santa and Mrs. Claus! Don't forget your cameras to capture this magical day with fantastic photo ops alongside Santa, Mrs. Claus, and even some surprise North Pole friends!
What makes "Shopping is a Drag" truly unique are the local drag artists who will be emceeing and entertaining throughout the event. These dazzling performers are here to spread love, joy, and acceptance. Their colorful personalities and charisma are sure to leave you enchanted.
This event isn't just about holiday fun; it's about giving back and showing your support for the LGBTQ+ community. By attending "Shopping is a Drag," you're helping Appalachian OUTreach continue their essential work and ensuring that everyone feels the warmth of acceptance during the holiday season. All funds raised go right back into the community!
Let's make this a holiday season to remember, where everyone is welcome to shine and be themselves.
If you are an LGBTQ+ safe and affirming local business who would like to sell your goods at our "Shopping Is a Drag" event, please contact Rhonda: 865-268-9098 or email email@example.com
In our community, where safety and security are paramount, the Sevierville Police Department shines for their heroism and dedication. Their recent role in ensuring the safety of an important community event serves as a testament to their unwavering commitment to protecting and serving the people of Sevierville.
On Saturday, September 2nd, at the Sevierville Civic Center, the Variety Show event brought together the community for an evening of entertainment and togetherness. Behind the scenes, Deputy Chief Sam Hinson and the officers of the Sevierville Police Department were hard at work, making sure that everyone could enjoy the festivities without worry.
We want to take a moment to extend a heartfelt thank-you from our grateful community for the vital role played by these unsung heroes. Appalachian OUTreach, and the organizations behind the Variety Show, express our sincere gratitude for the exceptional service provided by the Sevierville Police Department. Their presence and commitment ensured that the event proceeded without a hitch, creating a safe and secure environment for all.
The professionalism and vigilance displayed by the officers did not go unnoticed. The peace of mind they offered allowed attendees, cast, and crew to fully immerse themselves in the festivities. Events like the Variety Show are not just entertainment; they are a cornerstone of the community. The support of the Sevierville Police Department significantly contributed to the event's success, emphasizing their importance to the town's well-being.
The heroism of the Sevierville Police Department extends far beyond the Variety Show. Their daily commitment to safeguarding the town, their tireless efforts to maintain peace and order, and their willingness to go the extra mile for the community make them true hometown heroes.
In the face of challenges and uncertainty, the Sevierville Police Department stands as a symbol of strength, resilience, and unwavering dedication to duty. They are the guardians of safety and community well-being, and their heroism deserves our utmost respect and gratitude. The people of Sevierville can rest easy, knowing that these brave men and women are always there, ready to protect and serve all its citizens.
Sevierville is fortunate to have a police department that is not only dedicated but also responsive to the needs of its residents. The collaboration between the police department and community organizations like Appalachian OUTreach is a shining example of how working together can make Sevierville an even better place to live.
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