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

The Perfect Jean

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I don’t know what it is with men’s jeans that make it so difficult to find the right pair. It takes time to go through all these denim brands and try styles like straight-legged, boot-cut, and then the disco favorite, flared jeans. Thanks to popular metal bands back in the day, acid-washed and stone-washed jeans were a thing–pair those with a biker jacket and some big hair, and you were set.

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The Best Cannabis Edibles for 2023

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I think we’ve all been there back in the day when we smoked our first joint, and then some, (sorry mom)–hacking, coughing, and choking on the herbaceous weed. Nowadays, there are several products on the market that produces the same effects but without a sore throat like the popular cannabis edibles.

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As an LGBTQ+ patient, you should be able to expect the same high-quality care provided to all patients. Unfortunately, this doesn’t necessarily always prove to be the case. There remains a notoriously significant disparity in healthcare outcomes for LGBTQ+ patients, often related to issues with discrimination among providers.

Even when you find a good physician, this doesn’t mean that everyone interacting with your healthcare information will be as respectful or responsible. It is, therefore, important to be vigilant about how your data is handled. You have a right to privacy just as you have an expectation of fair treatment.

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