Knoxville Pride Parade in Pictures

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The Knoxville Gay Men’s Choir performed a routine set to pop songs such as a remixed version of Dancing Queen by ABBA.
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Dancers of all ages participated in the parade.
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Drag Queens, the Knoxville Bear Club, School of Hard Knox for BDSM education, and the Volunqueers were some of the diverse groups that made up the parade.

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LGBTQIA issues are still controversial topics in many religious circles. The Unitarian Universalist Church and St. John’s Lutheran Church both marched for inclusion for the LGBTQIA community.

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The UT Pride Center had a spot in the parade, some wearing shirts with their slogan “Vol Means All.” They were among several groups that carried large rainbow flags in the parade.
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The center has had difficulty getting funding since Diversity Office lost funding in 2016, but participants still turned out for the parade.
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Liberal groups such as the Women’s March movement have said that LGBTQIA rights are an integral part of their mission.
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Mom’s demand Action marched to voice support for the LGBTQIA community.
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“Queer liberation is not rainbow capitalism,” said the Democratic Socialists of America. The group, further left than any other in attendance, was founded in the 1980s, but has seen a surge in membership since the 2016 election.

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