Knox area news briefs

Panel addresses UT human sexuality class

Katherine Brown’s human sexuality class got a look inside the GLBT community recently when a panel addressed the class on topics related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Jack Moore, Vickie Phipps, Rhonda Wright Phipps, and Beth Maples-Bays spoke to the students about their life experiences including such topics as coming out to family, early realization of same-sex attraction, self-loathing based on enculturation into conservative value systems, child custody, and other important issues.

The human sexuality class has offered a segment related to the GLBT community for many years. The time-honored tradition enables the community to present a human face to the students and their instructors.

 Pimental-Habib addresses PFLAG

The Greater Knoxville Chapter of the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) hosted Dr. Richard Pimental-Habib. Dr. Rick, as those who know him affectionately call him, is an author, counselor, and psychotherapist. He holds a doctorate in clinical hypnotherapy with an emphasis in mind/body wellness. His master's-level training was in psychodynamic psychotherapy, developmental psychoanalytic psychology, and marriage, family, and child counseling. In addition, he has post-doctoral training and certifications in clinical hypnoanalysis and past-life regression therapy. His undergraduate work was in fine arts at the University of California.

Dr. Rick has been a psychotherapist and educator in the gay and lesbian community for over 20 years, and has practiced, consulted, and volunteered throughout the Southern California and Southeast Florida HIV and GLBT communities, lecturing and training peer counselors to work in HIV mental health. As a bereavement counselor for the country’s first AIDS hospice, he designed a one-year follow-up bereavement program that continues to serve as the model for such programs nationwide.

Cinnamon Girls play at Kurt’s on Nov. 5

The popular local "grrl" [sic] group, The Cinnamon Girls, are slated to play at Kurt’s Bar on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Lynn Rose and Oona Love met at the Front Porch Restaurant in Cosby, Tenn., on May 16, 2004. Little did they realize that this chance meeting would turn into a partnership that would take them both to new highs in their musical careers. Immediately drawn by each other’s distinctive vocal sounds, the two quickly began collaborating, and within weeks were performing in various venues around East Tennessee. Now, in addition to the cover songs and original material they perform, they are writing collaboratively as well.

Thanksgiving Dinner at St. Ninian’s Well

The Community of Saint Ninian is a Christian Covenant Community in Knoxville, Tenn., whose purpose is to offer hospitality, specifically through the ministry of St. Ninian's Well. The annual Thanksgiving Dinner is on the calendar again this year.

Bring a dish to contribute and gather after noon on Thanksgiving Day. The actual feast will begin around 2:00 p.m.

The Well of St. Ninian is located at 2527 Linden Avenue, Knoxville, Tenn. 37914. Contact them by phone at (865) 523-6101 or (865) 971-3970. Visit them on line at

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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