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O&AN announces 2013 Gay Faves Nominations begin October 1
“This year we unveiled a contemporary logo, a fresh website O&AN is proud to announce Gay and have renewed our commitment Faves 2013, this year’s ‘Best of LGBT to highlighting the news and events Nashville’ competition. Nominations happening around us every day.” begin on October 1 in 50 categories Gay Faves 2013 begins its two-week as the community celebrates LGBT nomination process on October 1. From History Month and the milestones in our 2013 Gay Fave Community Event and collective history. Gay Fave LGBT-Owned Business to Gay Faves 2013 marks O&AN’s Gay Fave Happy Hour and Gay Fave continued commitment to the Middle Bartender, readers will be able to log onto Tennessee LGBT community. “There the O&AN website October 1-15 and have been some major moves made nominate their Faves. this year not only nationally but in our Once the nominations have been own backyard,” says O&AN Managing tallied, readers will then be able to Editor Joseph Brownell. “And what vote on the Top 3 nominations in each better way to celebrate the businesses and category. Voting will begin on Friday, community members that are integral to October 18 and will continue until close shaping our identity and our struggle of business on Friday November 1. for equality.” “October also marks O&AN’s 11th Winners will be unveiled in our year serving the Middle Tennessee year-end wrap up Gay Faves issue community,” Brownell continues. in December. STAFF REPORTS
OutCentral announces August Honors October 23
OutCentral Cultural Center has named the recipients for its annual Autumn Honors awards. Autumn Honors will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The evening’s festivities, which also mark OutCentral’s sixth anniversary, will recognize individuals and organizations who have made — and continue to make — a difference in Middle Tennessee through visual and performing arts, literature and journalism, fashion, cuisine, philanthropy, education and athletics.
Mark is locally and nationally renowned for his work in educating our communities about HIV treatment, prevention and research. He is the Education Liaison for the Tennessee Association of People with AIDS, and is serving on the organizing committee for an upcoming White House Office of National AIDS Policy summit on “HIV in the South,” which will take him to the White House for a second time.
Marisa Richmond, Ph.D.
Marisa is the founder of the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition and the first openly transgender person to hold office within the Davidson County Democratic Party. She has lobbied tirelessly locally and nationally for the rights the LGBT community, especially its transgender contingent, and continues to be an ongoing presence at the state Capitol when the legislature is in session.
Dwayne is the founder of the Brothers United Network, and is that group’s Coordinator, and Prevention Education Manager of the Gay Male programs at Nashville CARES. He is the President of Nashville Black Pride, and currently the Board Chair of the Center for Black Equity.
A charter member of OutCentral, Mark served on Nashville’s Metro Human Relations Commission for two terms. He has served on the local and national board of the Human Rights Campaign, advocating for the cause of equality in Middle Tennessee area.
MAC has served on the Nashville Pride Board of Directors for more than 20 years, served on the Nashville Black Pride Board for more than 10 years and also has been Coordinator for Sisters United (BASU) in Nashville, along with helping several other community organizations grow and thrive in the face of adversity. Mac is the owner of the longest-running male impersonator pageant in the Southeast, Mr. Esquire, now in its 17th year. She is also the owner of the only real female aka Diva pageant in Nashville, Ms. Tennessee Diamond Diva, now in its 8th year.
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Van is the president-elect of the board of directors for the Belcourt Theater. He has been involved in numerous community non-profits and fundraisers over the past decade, including Artrageous, the Brooks Fund, and Nashville Cares, among many others.
Brian and Laura Rossbert
Brian and Laura, both Methodist ministers, lent their time, their connections and their moral authority to the drive that led to Nashville’s nondiscrimination (CANDO) ordinance, and continue to work for inclusive policy changes within the United Methodist Church and other religious bodies.
Tickets for Autumn Honors are $20 and are available at outcentral.org and nowplayingnashville.com. Visit outcentral.org for more information about Autumn Honors and other OutCentral programming. OCTOBER 2013
CMI releases results of annual LGBT survey STAFF REPORTS
The Community Marketing, Inc. (CMI) 7th Annual LGBT Community Survey report was released last month featuring U.S. data from over 10,000 self-identified gay and bisexual men, 4,000 lesbian and bisexual women and over 400 transgender community members. Out & About Nashville was one of more than 180 national LGBT publications/ media sources participating in this year’s survey, with nearly 500 O&AN readers providing responses. In CMI’s annual write-in brand recall section: Starbucks has moved to the number one position of brands perceived as most supportive of the LGBT community, while JCPenney, Target, Apple and Amazon round out the top five. Also, 75% of LGBTs are actively boycotting Chick-fil-A. Other highlights from the 7th Annual LGBT Community Survey include: •The term “LGBT” has strengthened its lead as the preferred term to describe the community. “GLBT” is continuing to lose favor (even among gay men). Bisexual men and women and the transgender community strongly prefer the term LGBT.
•Nearly half of all gay/bi men and lesbian/bi women surveyed make financial contributions to a charity or non-profit at least annually, while those in the transgender community are more likely (54%) than LGBs to perform volunteer work. •Lesbian and bisexual women are far more likely (44%) to purchase spa services than gay and bisexual men (32%).
•Lesbians consume beer on similar levels as gay men, but are far less likely to drink spirits. 59% of gay men under age 30 have consumed a spirits drink in the past week. Community members identifying as transgender drink far less alcohol than those who identify as a gay man or lesbian. Canadian LGBTs drink more wine than USA LGBTs.
•Facebook is a dominant media force within the LGBT community. However, LGBT-specific websites are showing notable growth in LGBT readership.
•During the past week, 42% of lesbian/bi women “liked” a business on Facebook, 28% of gay/bi men “checked in” at a business to get deals or discounts and 17% of lesbian/bi women purchased a deal from Groupon, Living Social, etc.
•56% of lesbians watched an NFL game on television in the past year, compared to 40% of gay men. Lesbians widely support the WNBA with 34% watching a game on television and 12% attending a game.
•‘Spouse, ‘Partners’ and ‘Same-sex Couples’ are the preferred terms to describe LGBT relationships among the LGBT community overall.
•Gay men are consistently more likely to use a variety of media compared to lesbians, especially LGBT mobile apps. However lesbians are more likely than gay men to read LGBT email newsletters. Download the entire report at www.communitymarketinginc.com
Tennessee Equality Project names Chris Sanders as Executive Director JOSEPH BROWNELL
Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) announced its search for an Executive Director in early July and at its second annual Olympus fundraiser on September 21, announced that acting Executive Director Chris Sanders would step into the position on a permanent basis.
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From left TEP Executive Director Chris Sanders, TEP Foundation President H.G. Stovall, O&AN Publisher Jerry Jones, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.
Naming Sanders as Executive Director marks more growth for the nearly ten-year old organization and
Sanders is looking forward to the challenges ahead. “We can provide more public education about the values of equality and inclusion, train more people in advocacy skills, and do more to advance good policy in Tennessee now,” says Sanders. “In the last two months we’ve significantly raised the profile of the issue of marriage equality in Tennessee and we’re working with more local governments on employment non-discrimination and partner benefits measures. I’m excited to get the opportunity to expand my previous work. The TEP team is strong across the state and we’re ready to fight for full equality.” Hundreds turned out for this year’s Olympus event fundraiser, helping TEP celebrate a year’s worth of victories. Those in attendance included Knoxville Mayor, Madeline Rogero and Chattanooga Mayor, Andy Berke.
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Mid-South Pride gets Memphis rockin’
Celebrates 10 years October 12 JESSICA GIBSON
Mid-South Pride celebrates a milestone when the Memphis-area Pride festival kicks off on October 12 at Robert Church Park and the Beale Street Entertainment District. 2013 marks Mid South Pride’s tenth anniversary, aptly themed Decades of Pride. According to Mid-South Pride committee member Ray Rico, Mid-South Pride has grown substantially over its ten year history. “We have evolved over the past ten years going from a group of a thousand or so in a small park in Midtown to moving to world famous Beale Street with a crowd of 8,000 and a colorful parade to boot,” says Rico. Secret to Mid-South Pride’s success? “Increasing awareness with our family, friends, coworkers and organizations has allowed us to grow,” Rico continues. The event, which boasts one of the largest annual parades in Memphis, is expected to draw around 9,000 people, with the same number or greater lining Beale Street for the extravagant parade. Rico and the rest of the Mid-South Pride committee are ready. “Our park layout this year is improved; we are actually utilizing more space to accommodate for the attendance,” says Rico.
One of the largest Pride festivals in the region, this year’s lineup is full of interactive events and competitions to help make the festival’s tenth anniversary unforgettable. Entertainment acts include CoCo Montrese from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Soul-Pop artist JC Jones and trans* country rocker Brody Ray. The festival will also boast food trucks and vendors, along with a classic car show, a kids’ area with activities for the whole family and arts and local organization booths. But no festival in Memphis is complete without a nod to the heavenly tradition that is Memphis Barbecue. New to Mid-South Pride in 2013 is Roasting on the River, a barbecue contest taking place
October 11-12. Challengers will compete among multiple categories, with substantial cash bonuses going to the winners in each category. The Grand Champion will receive an invitation into the 2014 Memphis Barbecue Network Championship, so expect serious competition. Music and Barbecue? Sounds pretty Memphis to us. “The festival and parade are a culmination of everything this city has to offer,” says Rico. “Memphis has a lot to be proud about and this is a great avenue to celebrate that.” And come October 12, MidSouth Pride is not only celebrating its tenth anniversary but also those in its community that have worked hard to support and make a difference in the Memphis-area LGBT community. This year’s Parade Grand Marshals are Tami
Montgomery, Kal Rocket, Shelia Tankersley & Chris Sinnock. Admission to the 2013 MidSouth Pride Festival is free. Although attendees can purchase VIP admission for $50 with catering, private restrooms, a view of the entire park, and top-shelf cocktails. In fact, a new signature cocktail will debut at the event, thanks to Ketel One vodka.
For more information on Mid-South Pride Festivities, visit midsouthpride.org
Kicking off their 3rd season at Tribe
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Laverne Cox capstones Vanderbilt University Office of LGBTQI Life’s National Coming Out Week having those conversations until I see some real proof of that, but what I’m excited Laverne Cox was a breakout star long before she became one of the about is how people are connecting with buzzed about characters on Netflix’s hit show Orange is the New Black Sophia and really being moved by her story (OITNB). After a couple guest roles on Law & Order/Law & Order: SVU, and moved by the show.” Cox gave audiences a double dose of reality. First, as a contestant on the In addition to acting, Cox has become a 2008 VH1 reality show I Want to Work for Diddy and then as the first vocal advocate for trans* issues, recognizing trans* person of color to produce and star in her own reality show, VH1’s the importance of positive trans* visibility. TRANSform Me, both of which were nominated for GLAAD Media Awards. “I think everyone needs to feel a sense of Cox also starred in the 2011 dramedy Musical Chairs directed by Susan connection, a sense of belonging,” says Seidelman (Desperately Seeking Susan). Cox. “And that happens interpersonally, but I think it also needs to happen in our representations in mainstream media so that when we see ourselves up on the screen and we see our stories, we feel less alone, we feel – we feel less invisible because I think for trans folks so often there’s—we are sort of overseen, but underrepresented, you know, in a lot of ways. We hear about trans* folks that are victims of violence or as, you JOSEPH BROWNELL
know, criminals or something like that and we don’t really get to see the reality and the humanity and the diversity of trans experience. So I think it validates experience and I think it also teaches the world that there’s different people and that there are different lessons that we can learn from diversity. I think having being around people who are different from us teaches us wonderful lessons if we choose to listen to those lessons.” Nashville will get a chance to hear those lessons when Cox makes an appearance as the featured speaker for Vanderbilt University’s Office of LGBTQI Life’s 2013 National Coming Out Week Celebration. In her speech Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey into Womanhood, the actress/activist explores how the intersections of race, class and gender uniquely affect the lives of trans* women of color.
“I think everyone needs to feel a sense of connection, a sense of belonging,” says Cox.
But it is Cox’s role as trans* inmate Sophia Burset on OITNB that has thrust not only the Alabama native back into the spotlight but perhaps trans* issues as well—something Cox is quick to point out happened several years ago. “It is funny because about six years ago, Candis Cayne had, for me, a watershed moment on Dirty, Sexy, Money in which she became the first trans woman to have a recurring role in a primetime series and that moment was such a huge inspiration for me,” says Cox. “I really believe I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for her and for that show just deciding to cast a trans* woman to play that part . . . [but] you know, six years later, we’re talking glass ceilings and watershed moments again. So I’m a little bit leery about
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Laverne Cox will speak at Vanderbilt University on October 16 at 7:00 p.m. Event is free and open to the public. Other events include: Film Screening: My Life in Pink (October 15) and the Vanderbilt University Lambda Association’s So You Think You Can Drag with RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Jujubee (October 17). For more details, visit Vanderbilt.edu/lgbtqi
Ready to Run
Nashville Grizzlies host fifth annual Red Dress Rampage JOSEPH BROWNELL
It’s time to lace up those running shoes, or for the fashionably conscious, at least make sure you have a sturdy pair of heels. The Nashville Grizzlies bring their fifth annual Red Dress Rampage to the streets of East Nashville on Saturday, October 19. The Red Dress Rampage, sponsored by Yazoo, began in 2009 in the Hillsborough Village and 12th Ave. South neighborhood. According to event co-chair Jon Glassmeyer, the inaugural Rampage had over 100 runners and last year’s event marked a pinnacle for attendance with 250 paid runners. Glassmeyer hopes that registration will top 300 this year. Tough on and off the pitch, the Grizzlies’ Red Dress Rampage is just one of the ways the organization has flexes their philanthropic muscle when working in the Nashville LGBT community. Previous events have benefited the Belcourt Theater, Shelby Park and this year, the event benefits the Grizzlies themselves.
Registration for the 2013 Red Dress Rampage means helping the Grizzlies attend the 2014 Bingham Cup in Sydney, Australia. The Bingham Cup, named for 9/11 United Flight 93 passenger (and hero) Mark Bingham, is a biennial memorial tournament for the openly, gay Rugby player. A documentary chronicling the life of Mark Bingham, aptly titled The Rugby Player was shown at OutFlix Film Fesitval in Memphis. The Red Dress Rampage is quite a unique event, according to Glassmeyer. “There’s not many events where you’ll find 250 men and women running through a neighborhood in red dresses,” he laughed. “Everybody really has a good time with their dresses, the stops and a little bit of exercise thrown in makes it a really good time.” The secret to Glassmeyer’s Red Dress success? “Goodwill. And never more than five dollars.” Knowing that $5 can go a long way at Goodwill, dress to impress because the Grizzlies will hand out awards at each of the stops along the way.
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Registration for this year’s Red Dress Rampage is open now. For $40, runners will receive a Yazoo beer at each stop. While the full list of stops was unavailable at press time, runners can be sure the starting point, Beyond the Edge, will be packed when the race kicks off at 12 noon. With this much fun also comes a bit of responsibility: All attendees must be 21 or older on the day of the event to participate. The rain or shine event is sandwiched between two away matches for the Grizzlies but those running will have their chance to catch the Grizzlies out of their dresses and in action when they host teams for back-to-back weekends beginning November 2. To register for the 2013 Red Dress Rampage or for more information about the Grizzlies, visit grizzliesrugby.org
Celebrate LGBT History Month with Owen Keehnen
Did you know that on October 15, 1973 the National Gay Task Force (later the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) was announced? Or how about that October 12 marks the anniversary of the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard? “As geeky as it sounds, it was so much fun to compile,” says author Owen Keehnen of his just released book The LGBT Book of Days.
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The book’s foundation began four years ago when Keehnen was working on the formation of The Legacy Project (legacyprojectchicago.org). “[The Legacy Project] is all about reclaiming, celebrating and honoring LGBT worldwide history,” says Keehnen. “So much of the past, for whatever reasons, has been straightened for historical or political or religious or educational or cultural purposes. That is a travesty. People glorify the heterosexuality of historical figures all the time, but when that person is LGBT the entire sexual nature of their life often disappears. I always talk about studying Gertrude Stein in school and never hearing it even mentioned that Alice B. Toklas was anything but a dutiful secretary.” After compiling bios for nominees and actively gathering LGBT history facts for the project’s social media sites, Keehnen recognized the need for these moments in history to be readily available to the LGBT community. “I just feel as a community all this stuff would be so convenient to have contained in one place,” explains Keehnen.
Keehnen set The LGBT Book of Days up not as a timeline but as book of days— beginning with January 1. His book is a chronological listing of all significant events that happened on a specific date in chronological order. Releasing the text against the rapidly changing backdrop of history provides Keehnen the excitement to look forward to future editions. “The exciting thing is this book is constantly growing. So it was the sort of project where there had to be a specific cut-off date where I had to decide I was finished,” says Keehnen. “However, I’m planning on doing annual updates to The LGBT Book of Days as well, so this first edition is laying the foundation—and hopefully it is a solid one.” The result, The LGBT Book of Days, is available now in digital formats for purchase on wildecity.com and amazon.com. Watch O&AN all month long for its LGBT History Month Coverage. For more information on The Legacy Project, please visit them on Facebook and Twitter (@LegacyWalk2012). OCTOBER 2013
Vanderbilt University names new Director of LGBTQI Life at Western New England University. For most of his college career, he wasn’t The K.C. Potter Center is the home of out, and he recalled coming to his senior Vanderbilt University’s Office of LGBTQI year and realizing, “I was in every club Life. Its new director, Chris Purcell, is and took so many leadership positions now completing his second month on to avoid facing my identity issues – the job, and in those two months he’s when I was by myself in my room I been a very busy man. Though he can be was so sad that I couldn’t be the full soft-spoken, his passion for his work is me everywhere.” So when he continued immediately clear. his education in a graduate program in higher education and student affairs at the University of Vermont, an internship at the LGBTQA center there shaped his career direction, bringing together his studies and his commitment to students struggling with sexual identity. Upon graduating, Chris spent 3 years as program coordinator for LGBT life at Duke, organizing events and increasing the educational impact and visibility of the center there. Then he returned to Boston as associate director of student activities at Berklee College of Music and worked in first year advising. While there he also worked to fill the gap in LGBT life, in the absence of a formal program. Photo courtesy of Stephen Loveless A return to work in LGBT Chris was active in student life and programming and the new opportunity student orientation as an undergraduate has brought him to Vanderbilt. Rather JAMES A. GRADY
than settling in to passively learn the system, Chris has actively undertaken what he calls a cultural audit. “Before making any changes, I wanted to talk to as many students, faculty and staff as possible to get a feeling for what they feel the University needs.” To this end Chris extended an open invitation to the University community to come meet with and talk to him, and many faculty and graduate students, as well as some undergraduates, have taken him up on it. New plans and goals for the Office of LGBTQI Life will unfold as the new team develops an updated understanding of the community’s goals and aspirations, but Chris has already found one thing “crystal clear.” Those meetings have shown Chris that, “We want this Center to be a community space to encourage and sustain ally behavior, to engage faculty and staff as well as students, to bring the culture of Vanderbilt more into line with its policies, and to create more engagement among the undergraduate community.” Chris believes these goals are more than attainable. Progressive policies like those enacted by Vanderbilt in recent years “provide a framework, and have
shown the University to stand, generally, on the right side of this issue. Being able to work in unison with, rather than against, the institution is wonderful.” But positive programming and engagement, such as the very successful visit by young activist Zach Wahls and the upcoming program with Laverne Cox, are key to shifting the culture of the place. In order to promote the Center’s work at Vanderbilt, Chris wants the Center to be visible in the wider Nashville community: “We want to work with you, we want Vanderbilt to continue to be a strong partner in the Nashville community.” In order to work more effectively in the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities, however, he explains, “We want people to know about us, we need to get the word out better, to a wider audience.” More importantly, he wants people to see not the red brick walls of the K. C. Potter House, but the smiling faces of people who are touched by the activities of the Center. “We want to tell our stories, as people, better so that people see that things are happening, and changing.” cont’d on page 22
Nashville GLBT Chamber hosts Tastefully Unpredictable
Culinary cabaret takes place October 27
decorating and sand drawing. Amos Events will be in charge of In keeping with the tradition of great the design and décor of the VIP area, food and good times in Nashville, the along with innovations from freelance Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce event planners and chamber board hosts its second annual Tastefully members Scott Glasgow and Bruce Unpredictable, Pittman. Sponsor Gaylord Opryland on October 27. will be the main food vendor for the Tastefully Unpredictable is a food affair along with cuisines from last tasting event that serves as a sampler year’s winner for best entrée, 1808 for some of the best dining experiences Grill, as well as 2012 Best Dessert Nashville has to offer. “We want to host awardee Jeni’s Ice Cream, and Savor an event that anyone and everyone will the Flavor Catering, The Chef and I, feel welcome and enjoy,” says Chamber Nuvo Burrito and much more. Executive Director Lisa Howe. “Last year’s The Nashville Chamber was event was wonderful, but this year will founded in 1998 as a professional definitely be one to remember.” Alongside networking group. In January 2007, a host of food vendors, caterers, and the group became an official GLBT restaurants to sample, this year’s Tastefully Chamber of Commerce and an affiliate Unpredictable includes bar-setup to serve member of the National Gay & signature drinks and craft cocktails. Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The Additionally, Tastefully Unpredictable overall mission of Nashville GLBT will amaze guests with its artistic Chamber of Commerce is to advance endeavors. Promised to provide the common business interest cont’d on page 22 unpredictable component, Pop-Up Art exhibits will include sculpture, pottery, cake KEVIN WESLEY
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The Chambers programs, events, and on line publications are all crafted to help grow businesses, incubate networking and promote equality and economic opportunities and give expert advice to growth. It also works to raise awareness their members and support the about the advantages of a diverse LGBT community. workforce, advocates for inclusive Tastefully Unpredictable, a premiere workplace policies and strives to refer and fundraising event aimed to help support drive business to their members. the programming that the chamber Research shows that the national offers to its members and the Nashville buying power of the LGBT segment of community at large, is presented by the consumer market was estimated to be Bridgestone and Gaylord Opryland. This over $800 billion in 2012. Additionally year’s event will take place at OZ and in 2007, research showed that 70% of will also include a silent auction. gays/lesbians have switched products/ Tickets prices begin at $40 but VIP services because they learned the tickets can also be purchased for $75. company engaged in actions perceived to Admission includes food, drink tickets be harmful to the LGBT community. and valet parking.
From tasteful delights to unpredictable surprises, guests this year are sure to walk away from Tastefully Unpredictable wanting another course. For your chance to win tickets to Tastefully Unpredictable, tweet this message: I can’t wait for #tasteu13 @NashvilleGLBTCh Tickets can be purchased at nashvilleglbtchamber.org/taste. Tastefully Unpredictable is October 27 from 6-9 p.m. with a VIP Reception at 5 p.m. Vanderbilt University cont’d from page 20
In the end, developing this community and demonstrating as visibly as possible that LGBT lives can be lives filled with joy, opportunity, and social acceptance is the essential mission of places like the K. C. Potter Center. This mission aims to ensure that as few young men and women as possible find themselves alone in their rooms, like Chris recalls, struggling with their inability to live without a mask. “I felt well liked as long as I hid,” he says about what drives his commitments. “I couldn’t be the authentic me. The 16 year old who wasn’t sure he should live, the 20 year old who couldn’t be himself: those experiences drive my work today.”
Nashville Black Pride
Celebrates life and culture in their 11th year JESSICA GIBSON
Nashville Black Pride celebrates its eleventh year of pride and progress October 18-20. While most pride events have become a one-day festival of parties and parades, Nashville Black Pride has preferred it’s three day format, which allows for greater inclusion of art and cultural events while still throwing can’t miss parties and mixers. According to Dwayne Jenkins, Executive Director and President of Nashville Black Pride, the event’s mission is to “bring together AfricanAmerican and other Same-Gender Loving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of color in a non-threatening setting to uplift, educate and present positive images that help empower, affirm and maintain a healthy, productive community.” This year’s theme, Celebrating 11 years of Life and Culture, focuses on presenting workshops for greater health and social empowerment, alongside cultural events that highlight the historical and current achievements of figures in the Black LGBT community. It’s going to be a very busy three days. The event kicks off with a reception at Atmalogy, where Brothers and Sisters United (BASU), the organization that presents Nashville Black Pride, will honor individuals and businesses who, since the organization’s inception in April 1996, have maintained at least a 10-year working relationship with BASU and Nashville Black Pride. The recipients of the 2013 BASU Legacy Awards are: Carlton Wilkinson, Out & About Nashville, Eddie Tray Walker, Pam Wheeler, Keith Hinkle, Christopher Goodwin, Mark Hubbard and Reduell Crowder. “Recognizing these honorees for years of collaborative efforts is very special because it allows us the opportunity to say thanks and shows that local LGBT partnerships do have longevity,” says Jenkins. Other events throughout the weekend include: Friday night kickoff party at Vibe, workshops, a town hall meeting, book signing, free and confidential HIV screening and vendors at Nashville CARES Saturday afternoon plus Tastee Treasure, an exciting benefit party Saturday night at Vibe, which features an underwear fashion show.
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On Sunday, the 11th Annual Black LGBT Film & Cultural Fest closes out the weekend at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. Scheduled highlights include the official premiere of StudZmen the Movie and the exclusive first episode from the new Nashville-based web series, What’s Next. Other screenings include a trilogy of Jeff Ingram’s LaFontaine series and a special Q & A DeAndre Lemans, Nico from the web series FreeFall. Lemans will also be the celebrity host for Nashville Black Pride.
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The headline entertainment for Nashville Black Pride is Monte St. James, Mr. All-American Gent 2013- 2014 & Mr. Black National 2012-13. Additionally on Saturday, there will be a panel of distinguished guests on hand who are featured in the 100 Most Influential Gay Entertainers, Volume 2, including the owner of Mac Productions, Ivy White, D-Luv, Jordan Allen—all of whom are from Nashville. Nashville Black Pride attendees will also have the chance to visit 30 Americans, a brand new exhibit at The Frist Center. 30 Americans, is an engaging and thought-provoking exhibition composed of more than 70 objects—paintings, sculptures, photographs, and multi-media installations—created by many of the most important African American artists working over the last 30 years, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat. The exhibit is free with a coupon which will be available at all Nashville Black Pride events, as well as their website and social media sites. All Nashville Black Pride activities are open to everyone, regardless of race, gender, or orientation. For more information go to nashvilleblackpride.org or visit them on Facebook (facebook. com/nashvilleblackpride) or Twitter (twitter.com/NashBlackPride). OCTOBER 2013
GLSEN Middle Tennessee celebrates Ally Week October 21-25
Individuals from across the mid-state, including members of OutCentral, the Music City Sisters, and the Vanderbilt Lambda Association, along with countless other leaders and believers in equality have participated in the ‘I Am an ALLY’ photo campaign for GLSEN Middle Tennessee.
The photo campaign is leading up to GLSEN’s National Ally Week observed nationwide October 21-25 with an event co-sponsored with the Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce on October 24 at Anode (926 Main St.). The event runs from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. To participate in the Ally Photo Campaign, download your ALLY sign from outandaboutnashville.com
MTSU celebrates LGBT History Month with Lambda 25th anniversary exhibit JOSEPH BROWNELL
They say if you want to know where you’re going, then you just have to look at where you’ve been. Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Lambda President Joshua Rigsby has done just that for the 25th anniversary of the campus’ Lambda organization. MTSU’s Lambda organization has been honored over the years with campus awards including the 2005 Education Event of the Year for their Spring Out
programming and the 2007 award for Cultural Event of the Year, but it’s Rigsby’s dedication to raising awareness in the Metro-Nashville LGBT community of the organization that has raised the bar. In the 2012-13 school year, Rigsby was responsible for bringing noted trans* activist Chaz Bono as well as establishing the inaugural LGBTQ Advocacy Award. Rigsby raises the bar once again this year in working with the MTSU Lambda Alumni to bring together an archive of items that represent the 25-year anniversary of MTSU Lambda.
The archive will be on display in the MTSU Library throughout the month of October and will include copies of the Sidelines article that spurred MTSU students to found Lambda in 1988 as well as the pins the organization wore and school memos that recognize the organization’s founding. MTSU Alumni who identify as LGBT or their allies are urged to attend the organization’s Alumni Dinner on October 19. For more details, visit capone.mtsu.edu/mtlambda/
never look backwards, as you cannot change the past. I try to stay focused on the present and plan for the future. I would rather be hopeful than regretful. So, instead I would write a letter to myself to open in five years and have it just say - congratulations! Equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community is within our grasp. If we keep working together and do not give up, there will be a lot more to celebrate in five years. In particular, I am hopeful that we will make a huge impact on the lives of gay and transgender homeless youth...
laugh about it now. Years later I met Tipper Gore who made all the fuss with the PMRC and getting records rated. She actually was a really cool and a kind woman. I have a kid now so I kinda get it. But I don’t believe in censorship and if you can’t be free in your music where can you be?
That is what the True Colors Fund is focused on and I invite everyone to join our effort to ensure that no kid is ever homeless again because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We will not give up until the 40 percent of homeless youth who identify as gay or transgender is none.
:: Lauper on the controversy caused by “She Bop”
:: Lauper on her True Colors Foundation and what she would say to herself 30 years ago
don’t have a favorite. I am really proud of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” of course, where 30 years later it’s still an anthem for women. I wrote “Time after Time” too so that’s important to me and that the song has had such staying power.
:: Lauper on picking favorites from the album
hen I first started preparing for the tour, I sat down and really listened to the album for the first time in a long while and I have to say it brought back so many good memories because we had such a blast making that record. We all felt we had something special and it was great to be received the way it was. It’s the 30th anniversary of its release and Sony is putting out a new edition to mark it, where you will be able to hear demos of the record. So I’m gonna let fans in on the fun we had!
:: Cyndi Lauper on touring with She’s So Unusual 30 years later Tickets available at tpac.org or enter to win a pair at outandaboutnashville.com OCTOBER 2013
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It’s Halloween—the one night where no matter how cold it is, most of us will dress up, wear as little as possible and dance the night away. Get a load of the Halloween costumes we hope to see Out and About.
Great Gatsby and Daisy You couldn’t wait to see good ole Leonardo come back to the big screen. So why not grab your other half and make Gatsby come back to life for the night we can all have a Gatsby party and dance all night long? I imagine you can dig your strand of pearls out of the nightstand and scoop up enough pomade to recreate one of the hottest couples on the big screen this year. Is there really anything sexier than a man in suspenders with slicked back hair and a girl in her finest party dress? Miley Cyrus Whether you need to fix your achy-breaky heart or pull out your bobby pins to make your Miley VMA up-do, we all love us some Miley. If you can’t find your old teddy bears and gold spandex, maybe you can find your boyfriend’s sledgehammer to spice up your costume. Between the multiple personalities, you can at least find one that suits your personality: Disney Miley, VMA Miley or Sexy Wrecking Ball Miley.
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Boy Scout of America They’ve finally decided to let all guys pitch tents and chop wood in the forest. So, why not grab some hot shorts and patch on your pride to your old Boy Scout vest and show a little leg for the foundation? We all look good in khaki and surely you can find some combat boots to spice up your Boy Scout uniform.
Flying Monkey from Oz We all love the wicked witch and beautiful Glenda, but nothing more adorable than the door hop flying monkey. Some sweet little chubby shorts, matching blue suspenders and a doorman hat. Don’t forget a good set of monkey wings. You’ll be ready to fly into the bar for a long night ahead. Piper and Alex Netflix has done it again and made a show most could not take their eyes off of for every episode. Well, that and the fact that there are two hot lesbians in a drug cartel who end up in prison together. Superhot lesbians in orange jumpsuits, what else can you ask for to see on Halloween night? We wouldn’t mind to drop the soap on our favorite holiday or be able to slide out of their costume after the dance party? So grab some fake hipster glasses like Alex and get your fugitive outfit together. Duck Dynasty Some of us could not shoot a gun or grow a beard as long as some of these boys, but we sure can pretend for the night. Nothing better than some hot camouflage with your Andrew Christian hanging out the top of those camo pants. Especially those with sexy beards and construction vests from last year. So if you and the group need a theme, here you go. Easy, sexy and time to go hunting. Jessica Lange Jessica Lange is American Horror Story. And as we eagerly await the third installment AHS: Coven, what better tribute than to dress up as Sister Judy Martin from the second season Asylum. Who doesn’t love a crazy nun? Find a habit or even a blue dress and memorize the words to “The Name Song,” for this memorable Halloween costume. Pregnant Kardashian Reality TV—it’s a guilty pleasure. Some love the Kardashians and others not so much, but we all got a good laugh at some of the pregnant Kardashian photos that came out in the news. You might need a dark spray tan and some pretty high pumps, but why not prance the dance floor looking fierce as Kimye?
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are, you have to say thank you. That’s the title cut of the record, ‘Where I’m Coming From.’ It says, ‘If you get to where you’re going and you like who you’ve become, just remember I’m part of where you’re coming from.’”
To premiere the new music, Mahan is playing a rare full-band show on October 5 at 3rd and Lindsley. “My friend Declan McGarry is going to open,” she said. “He’s awesome. He’s really rootsy, super nice. I love to play with people I love. There’s too many talented people and I’m past worrying about if I don’t like you,” she said with a laugh. After that, Mahan is going to do what she does best: “I’m going to keep touring until I don’t like it anymore,” she says with a huge smile. “Right now, I still like it.” Steff Mahan plays 3rd and Lindsley October 5. Show starts at 7 p.m. Get tickets at 3rdandlindsley.com
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Nashville Untucked: Meet Brett Glamm
Hello, Untuckers! I’m so excited to chat with Brett Glamm this month. Glamm is part of the exploding Drag King scene in Nashville. In fact, Mr. Brett Glamm blew away the competition during this year’s Mr. Nashville Pride competition—which included an inspired, dramatic reinterpretation of the Justin Bieber hit “As Long As You Love Me.” Find out more about Brett Glamm in this month’s Nashville Untucked.
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When was the first time you remember being inspired by a drag performance? I was first inspired by drag performance when I went to Play Dance Bar for the first time ever and I remembering watching Jordan Allen, Xander Kneedy and d-luv performing. Their energy and realism were so amazing. Do you remember your first performance? Can you describe it? My first performance was at Play Dance Bar on a Calendar Boy Night. I was so scared. I really had no idea about taping or face or anything. I had so many people helping me but once my feet hit that floor and the music started my body and mind just let loose and it was such a heart-pounding rush. I knew st that point I had to be on that stage. Why Brett Glamm? How did you choose your performance name? I choose my performance name by coming up with several different first names and last names that were catchy and clever.
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How would you describe your drag persona? How would you describe your actual personality and how does it differ from your stage character? Brett Glamm is a pretty boy always trying to flirt and make the ladies smile. He knows that he can be cute and charming and is also very outgoing and loud. My actual personality is the opposite. I’m shy until I get to know you and out of drag my self-esteem actually goes down. So Brett Glamm and I are truly different. Brett helps me gain confidence and to come out of my inner shell a lot.
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You won Mr. Nashville Pride and your performance was very theatrical. Do you have any acting aspirations? At one point I very much wanted to act. In high school, I was in a show for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. After school that died down but it’s always remained a part of me.
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What’s next for you in the world of drag? Next is my upcoming King of Hearts pageant in February and then in March I will be attending and helping in Oklahoma City as a dancer in talents for Mister USofA. Any words of advice for drag newcomers? Yes, to any drag kings or wannabe drag kings: put your heart mind in soul into what you do because this is amazing. You gain friendships that you will never lose. And, if you need help, never be afraid to ask because there is always room for new talented faces and anyone can be a part of that amazing experience.
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ACT 1 presents Sordid Lives Darkhorse Theater
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Join thousands of walkers to help Nashville CARES raise this year’s goal. Tiffany performs in concert.
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Nashville Opera presents - Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers
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Mid-South Pride Memphis
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Vanderbilt Office of LGBTQI Life presents Laverne Cox Vanderbilt University / SLC Ballrooms
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Nashville Black Pride Various events
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Join Christy Eidson and a fresh cast of comedians for this month’s Girl on Girl. Watch O&AN Facebook for your chance to win tickets.
Vanderbilt University / SLC Ballrooms
RuPaul’s Drag Race favorite Jujubee headlines Vanderbilt Lambda Annual Drag Show. October 17 / 8 p.m.
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Celebrating 25 years of MTSU Lambda. Reservations $25 and can be made online at mtalumni.com
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Jessie Ware in Concert Cannery Ballroom
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Published on Sep 30, 2013