The goal of the More Light Committee of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton (FPCe) is to serve gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and their families and friends — both those who are members of the FPCe congregation and those in the community at large.  

Organized in 2014, the More Light subcommittee grew out of the late Rev. Don Steele's 2013 More Light Sunday sermon that called on FPCe to find ways to educate people both within the congregation and in the community at large about LGBT issues.

Upcoming Events
The Social Gathering
  • What is the Social Gathering? A regularly scheduled potluck.
  • Who’s Invited All LGBT individuals in the Tri-Cities and their straight allies.
  • When? The second Sunday of each month from 6-9 pm
  • Why? To help people build social relationships and to share experiences.
  • Where? First Presbyterian Church Elizabethton (FPCe),119 West F Street, Elizabethton, Tennessee. (Church membership or attendance is NOT required.)
For more information, contact FPCe at (423) 542-4321, or e-mail Tony Hedrick.
LGBT Organizations
PFLAG Tri-Cities
  • What is PFLAG Tri-Cities? A local chapter of the national nonprofit PFLAG organization.
  • Who does it serve? All LGBT individuals in the Tri-Cities and their straight allies.
  • What does PFLAG do & why? Holds regularly scheduled meetings the third Thursday of each month from 7-8 pm These meetings provide support to, education about, and advocacy for the LGBT community.
  • Where are the meetings? Presbyterian Campus Ministries House behind ETSU, 1412 College Heights Rd., Johnson City, Tennessee.

    Free Clothing Exchange
    • When? Thursday, October 19, 12 pm to 5 pm
    • Where? Presbyterian Campus Ministries House behind ETSU
      1412 College Heights Rd.
      Johnson City, Tennessee.
    We will be open to take donations that day and we encourage everyone to come pick up a few new pieces for their autumn wardrobe!
    October Monthly Meeting
    • When? Thursday, October 19, 7 pm to 9 pm
    • Where? Presbyterian Campus Ministries House behind ETSU
      1412 College Heights Rd.
      Johnson City, Tennessee.

    We will begin with sharing and support, followed by pumpkin decorating and a contest for homemade fall-themed baked goods. We ask that anyone who wants to decorate a pumpkin bring one (and, if you can, an extra pumpkin for someone who may need one.)

    For more information,
    Visit the Web site
    Email PFLAG
    Call 423-390-8585
    Pride Community Center of the Tri-Cities
    • What does the Pride Community Center do? Acts as a sponsor of events such as June’s march and Pride in the Park Day and September’s End-of-the-Summer Festival; maintains a web page with information about LGBT-owned and friendly businesses and upcoming LGBT events in the Tri-Cities.
    • Who does it serve? LGBT individuals in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas.
    • What are its goals? It is dedicated to providing a safe space to foster the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of LGBT individuals.
      The organization’s long-term goal is to establish a community center in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee, where people can gather socially, hold meetings, have functions, and pool all the resources of the LGBT community.
    For more information, visit the Pride Community Center.
    Tri-Cities Area Transgender Support (TCATS)

    TCATS is a peer-led support group dedicated to creating an inclusive and safe place for trans/non-binary people to find and cultivate friendships. It seeks to empower and enrich the lives of its members while respecting and affirming their identities.

    Note To protect the privacy of its members, TCATS does not publicize specific information about its support group meetings. Specifics can always be obtained by contacting the TCT Facebook page. All such inquiries are kept strictly confidential.

    Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR)
    • When? Monday, November 20
    Watch this space for details, or check the TCT Facebook Page.
    Alleycats

    Alleycats is a group of partners, family, friends, and peers of trans/non-binary individuals dedicated to creating a safe space for allies so, in turn, they may provide an affirming environment for their loved ones. Alleycats provides support, education, and advocacy for and on behalf of allies of the trans community.

    • Alleycats sponsors HUGS (Helping Understanding through Group Support), a peer-based support group. In order to provide peer-focused support, there are currently two groups — one for parents of trans individuals and one for partners of trans individuals.

      Each group serves the same purpose: a safe, respectful, judgment-free zone in which participants can freely interact with peers regarding their experiences, concerns, and questions in relation to their trans loved ones.

    Note To protect the privacy of its members, Alleycats and HUGS do not publicize specific information about its support group meetings. Specifics can always be obtained by contacting the TCT Facebook Page. All such inquiries are kept strictly confidential.
    SAGA (formerly H.E.R.O.E.S)
    • What is SAGA? An East Tennessee State University (ETSU) student organization committed to equality of all LGBTQQIAAP individuals and their allies.
      • What does SAGA stand for? Sexuality and Gender Alliance.
      • Who does it serve? All ETSU students, faculty, staff, and their guests.
      • What does SAGA do & why? Provides social support, education opportunities, and campus advocacy.
      • Where & when are the meetings? Weekly meetings are held Mondays, at 7:00 pm, in the Multicultural Center on the ETSU campus (2nd floor of the DP Culp building, next to the ramp).
      For more information
      Call Beth Evelyn Barber at 423-439-3333
      Visit its Facebook page
      Email SAGA
      Follow us on Twitter
      Follow us on Instagram
    Tennessee Equality Project (TEP)
    • What is it? A statewide public policy organization founded in 2004 that works for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and their families. TEP is a good source of information about proposed Tennessee state legislation affecting the LGBT community.
    For more information, visit the TEP’s Web site to keep informed about proposed Tennessee state legislation that affects the LGBT community, sign up for TEP’s action and the alert e-mail list.