Beth Maples-Bays is Knoxville/East Tennessee Bureau Chief for Out and About Newspaper. She is also Staff Writer for GyrlGroove, the only lesbian-owned publication serving the East Tennessee area. Beth has been previously published in Out in America, Queer Ramblings, Trans-Health, Our SOFFA Voice, and FORGE (For Ourselves: Reworking Gender Expression) newsletter –Connectivity,,, Tennessee Guerilla Women’s blog, Diversity Builder’s Newsletter, along with other publications.

Beth serves proudly as a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Equality Project and the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation. She is also a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Beth can be reached at