Chattanooga has a growing and diverse Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Community. From bars that have served the community for decades to organizations that have worked to provide a variety of services and support for LGBTQ Chattanoogans and their allies, there is a rich history in the work for equality, support, and building community.

Community Organizations

  • Tenessee Valley Pride
  • PFLAG Chattanooga
  • Spectrum at UT Chattanooga
  • Nooga Diversity Center
  • Transcenders
  • Tennessee Equality Project (Hamilton/Bradley Counties)
  • YES Chattanooga
  • Equality Everywhere Chattanooga
  • Hamilton County Chattanooga Family Justice Center
  • LGBT Families Chattanooga
  • Sanctuary Cafe and Performing Arts


LGBTQ Supportive Local Businesses


  • Alan Gold's
  • The Big Chill
  • Chucks II
  • Images
  • TBows Tavern (Cleveland, TN)


  • Barking Legs Theater
  • Ensemble Theatre Chattanooga
  • Theater For The New South



Legal Services


LGBTQ History of Chattanooga

Ideas To Build a Timeline of Chattanooga's LGBTQ History

  • First Chattanooga Pride Event
  • Opening of first gay bar in Chattanooga
  • LGBTQ protests/rallies
  • "Gay Day In Rhea"
  • Notable LGBTQ Chattanoogans
  • History of organizations, former and current