Knox Area briefs

News Talk 99 hears from Knox GLBT leaders

News Talk 99’s Halerin Hilton Hill hosted a call-in segment featuring two well known Knoxville GLBT leaders on Thursday, April 28. Norris Dryer and Rev. Bob Galloway sat in on the well-known radio talk show for a segment lasting one and a half hours.

“I felt that we were treated with respect by the host and other station personnel,” noted Dryer, a former candidate for the Knoxville City Council in the last election. Mr. Dryer is best known for having been the director of WUOT-FM, a listener-supported public radio station broadcasting from, The University of Tennessee.

Bob Galloway is the Senior Pastor at the Metropolitan Community Church of Knoxville and the President of the Knoxville Ministerial Association.

East Tennessee Progressive Network holds 2nd regional gathering

The East Tennessee Progressives Network, a newly formed group in Knoxville , strives to promote and facilitate community building around social justice, peace and sustainability-related interests. 

At the second quarterly meeting and potluck, the organizers, Kim Naujock and Chris Hargrove, encouraged the group to utilize the organization’s online calendar and to build the community directory.

The speaker was Out and About’s Beth Maples-Bays who addressed volunteer work for multi-issue inclusion and the integration of activists. Her sharing of personal experiences included the excitement of finding a group of accepting environmental activists at a local high school by using the resources of the Network. 

“I wish I’d found a school like that when I was sixteen,” Maples-Bays said, referring to Laurel High School, a private learning-enhanced secondary educational facility located in Knoxville’s historic Fort Sanders area. The school is a member of the National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools (NCACS) and is a premier learning environment that enhances creativity and independent thinking.

Find the East Tennessee Progressive Network online at

Softball begins at Solway Park

Knoxville ’s new gay softball league is up and swinging. The games are held at Solway Park on Sunday afternoons. Join the fun and root for your favorite team while we build community and friendships.

WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

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by Spectrum Medical Care Center

Nurse Practitioner Ari Kravitz

When I started medical transition at 20 years old, it was very difficult to get the care I needed for hormone replacement therapy because there are very few providers trained in starting hormones for trans people, even though it’s very similar to the hormones that we prescribe to women in menopause or cisgender men with low testosterone.

I hope more providers get trained in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so they can support patients along their individual gender journey, and provide the info needed to make informed decisions about their body. I’ve personally seen my trans patients find hope and experience a better quality of life through hormone replacement therapy.

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Descanso Resort swimming pool and lounge area

Descanso Resort, Palm Springs' premier destination for gay men, just received Tripadvisor's highest honor, a Travelers' Choice "Best of the Best" award for 2023. Based on guests' reviews and ratings, fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor's 8 million listings around the world receive the coveted "Best of the Best" designation. Descanso ranked 12th in the top 25 small inns and hotels category in the United States. Quite an accomplishment!

Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

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