Nashville Gay Pride Comes to Tennessee in Mid-June
Nashville Pride’s mission is to educate and maintain a sense of pride, community, and awareness of, about, and for GLBT people and culture in Middle Tennessee.
From the tapping of a hundred activists’ feet on a downtown sidewalk 20 years ago to a city-wide celebration that draws thousands of LGBT community members and their straight allies, the growth of Nashville PRIDE has ebbed and flowed over the years thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers both past and present.
A culmination of events led to the birth of Nashville’s first PRIDE event in 1988. In 1987, following organizing that resulted in the founding of T-GALA (Tennessee Gay and Lesbian Alliance), two chartered buses took members of Nashville’s LGBT community and their supporters to Washington D.C. to participate in the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. That same year, Stewart Biven and Jeff Ellis began publishing Dare (later Query), Nashville’s first LGBT publication.
This post originally appeared on the Purple Roofs Gay Travel Blog.