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The World English Dictionary defines “pride” as a feeling of honor and self-respect; a sense of personal worth; and the satisfaction or pleasure taken in one’s own or another’s success and achievements. Across the country, a sense of pride reaches its peak during June as countless numbers meet to celebrate the accomplishments of the GLBT community and equal rights movement. While the reasons for celebrating are the same from city to city, I’ve seen the Pride events vary. I’ve attended the activism and equality-driven events in Seattle and the Upper Cumberland area and have been to the Party Prides of San Diego and San Francisco. While these were all incredibly awesome events, their disparate behaviors made me yearn for a blend of each one. The World English Dictionary also defines “pride” as a group or community, and it is through this definition that Nashville Pride blends the party with the activism so well. Nashville’s gay community comprises numerous parts, each one unique in its special ways. However, no matter our differences, we all support each other throughout the year — the Sisters love the rugby team, the rugby team loves the softball players, the softball players love the drag kings and queens, the kings and queens love everybody, and everybody loves TEP and TTPC. We all take a stand together for equal rights, and we all have a good time afterward. As you look through this year’s Official Nashville Pride Guide, think on how the smaller segments of our community come together to make the larger group and how the larger group takes pride in the successes of each of its parts. Peace, Love & Happy Pride! *B:)

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LOCAL What a long, strange trip it’s been A legislative breakdown of this year’s General Assembly

by BETH ROTH, CONTRIBUTING WRITER broth@outandaboutnewspaper.com

NASHVILLE - In just under six months, the 2012 Tennessee legislature gave late night TV comics and national political pundits an abundance of material, making the state noteworthy worldwide for its unapologetic attacks on the GLBT community, science and common sense. In what will likely be remembered as one of the more contentious General Assemblies in recent history, the GOP, with a clear majority, wasted no time in filing a number of socially conservative bills. A few of the most controversial are listed below. Some legislators seem to have a particularly bad problem with taking “no” for an answer. In fact, being told “no” (whether by opposition groups, members of their own party, even the governor himself) seemed not to deter certain legislators and the political action groups behind them from continuing to push bills. Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville), the firebrand Republican from East Tennessee, made a name for himself promoting legislation such as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill that would have restricted all sexually related instruction in Tennessee schools to “natural human reproduction” in grades K-8. Campfield, along with house sponsor Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald), seemed determined to push the bill, despite mobilized opposition, lack of support from the Republican governor, the attention of national media, and the eventual realization that the state already did not allow sexually related instruction in grades K-8. Eventually, Hensley did agree to not bring the bill to the floor for a vote, but unwilling to fully concede, he warned that the bill may still be refiled next legislative session if he discovered that “alternative lifestyles” are being taught in Tennessee schools. Possibly the most disturbing bill submitted this year came from Representative Richard Floyd (R-Chattanooga), who along with Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson), began the 2012 legislative year by filing SB2282/HB2279. Their bill would have criminalized the use of restrooms by transgender individuals by imposing a $59 fine. The bill was so broadly drafted though, the “offender” might be a mom taking

her child to the bathroom or even a male custodian emptying the garbage in the ladies’ room. In a fiery statement, Floyd publicly threatened to “stomp a mudhole” in any transgendered person making the mistake of using the same dressing room as Floyd’s wife or daughters. Soon after, Senator Watson quickly withdrew his bill in the Senate. After acknowledging the bill’s language was too broad to properly enforce, Floyd still says that he plans to refile a revised version in the next session. Also in the state of Tennessee, teachers who condone what lawmakers call “gateway sexual activity” will now face disciplinary action and fines of up to $500. In HB3621/SB3310 by Senator Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) and Representative Jim Gotto (R-Hermitage), gateway sexual behavior is vaguely defined as “sexual conduct encouraging an individual to engage in a non-abstinent behavior.” Governor Haslam signed the controversial bill into law after it passed both the Senate and the House with clear majorities. Numerous scientific studies have been done on abstinence-only sex education programs, and many, if not most, show a direct correlation to an abstinenceonly approach and higher rates of teen births. Conversely, states adopting a comprehensive sex education curriculum that includes discussion of STD prevention and birth control have lower rates of teen births. Sadly, in Tennessee, not much apparently. In April, Tennessee legislators passed a law that effectively allows teachers to skip over evolutionary “theories” such as evolution or global warming, thereby “protecting” the educators who do not believe in these “theories.” The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the national Association of Biology Teachers, the Tennessee Science Teachers Association, and the ACLU of Tennessee all vehemently opposed the bill. In a move that disappointed both opponents and supporters, Haslam chose not to sign the bill but allowed it to become a law anyway.

LOCAL Vanderbilt student cast on second season of ‘The Glee Project’ by O&AN STAFF REPORTS

NASHVILLE - Vanderbilt student Tyler Ford will be one of 14 contenders featured on season two of The Glee Project when the reality television series returns to the Oxygen network this summer. The competition’s grand prize is a guest-starring role on the FOX television series Glee. Ford, from Boca Raton, Courtesy of the Glee Project Fla., has been performing for 11 years and is passionate about picking up and learning to play different instruments, including the ukulele, according to his bio on The Glee Project website. The show held open casting calls for season two in New York, Chicago and Nashville, along with a competitive online search. Ford participated in the Nashville open casting call. The show’s final 14 contenders hail from across the country and come from widely different backgrounds. During The Glee Project’s 11-week run, the contenders will be narrowed down through intensive rounds of workshops, singing, dancing and acting-based assignments by the creative forces behind Glee. Executive Producer Ryan Murphy will again join casting director Robert Ulrich and choreographer and Glee co-

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LOCAL Cookeville hosts first Upper Cumberland Pride by BEN ROCK, MANAGING EDITOR editor@outandaboutnewspaper.com

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - The Upper Cumberland area hosted its first gay pride event on Saturday, May 5, at Cookeville’s Dogwood Park. Sponsored by the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation, the inaugural event, held from 4 to 7 p.m., attracted over 600 attendees, along with a wide variety of booths from area merchants, nonprofits and educational organizations. An event just over a year in the making, Upper Cumberland Pride was the brainchild of Crossville resident R.G. Cravens, who said the event stemmed from the 2011 legislative session. “I got really frustrated with the legislature,” Cravens said. “I’d worked with TEP for a long time, making my phone calls [to my legislator] when TEP would call. I was doing the advocacy thing, when, all of a sudden, it didn’t work.” Cravens explained that, even after receiving numerous phone calls from him and other GLBT supporters, his state senator, Charlotte Burks, still voted in favor of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. “R.G. got mad,” said Upper Cumberland Pride co-coordinator Beth Thompson with a serious edge to her laugh. “Yeah, I got real mad,” Cravens said. “We started working with TEP, and this [Upper Cumberland] committee came together.” The goal of the committee was to make an established GLBT community in Cookeville and the Upper Cumberland area. “We’ve got a great group, a great community, a great gay community,” Cravens continued. “We’ve also got a lot of straight allies, and I wanted them to get together and start to do things and show people and educate people. I said there was nothing preventing us from having a Pride here. That’s when Beth Thompson stepped up and said, ‘Okay, I’ll organize one!’” “R.G. made me do it!” Beth said, laughing when asked what inspired her to organize the event. “You know those bursts of enthusiasm that you sometimes have? I was having one of those, and I’m so glad I did, because [this is] amazing!” Cravens and Thompson encountered some slight threats of protests from conservative religious groups regarding Upper Cumberland Pride; however, none of them came to fruition because of an unexpected ally. “One local church slash rescue mission put something up that parents should learn the truth about Upper Cumberland Pride,” Thompson said. “But there is something great about that situation,” Cravens added. The father of one of the event’s attendees was a pastor within that organization, Cravens explained. When the topic of Pride came up during one of the group’s regular meetings and met some very negative opposition from one member, the pastor stood up and defended Upper Cumberland Pride. “Within that organization, a very conservative, religious organization, we had an ally,” Cravens said, “who stood up and said, ‘If you want to know about Pride, ask me because that’s my family.’” Thompson took a moment and looked out over the packed amphitheater before she broke the contented silence.

“I just can’t believe it!” she exclaimed. “I’m so excited!” The duo’s excitement was contagious as the park was filled with the sounds of happiness and laughter the entire afternoon, much of it coming from children. “There are so many kids here!” Thompson said. “Yeah, it’s great!” Cravens agreed. “You can hear them in the background down there.” “And my son is back there working backstage,” Thompson said. “He’s twelve years old, and look at what he’s seeing. He’s seeing diversity and inclusion, and he’s loving it. That’s what I want our town to represent. I don’t want our town to represent backward thinking and hatred. I want to start a new trend around here and just let people see that [the gay community is] not a bunch of crazies, [they are] a bunch of wonderful, amazing, nice normal people, with families and friends and relationships. Whoa! Right here in our town. Everybody. They’re here.” Even with performances by area drag artists Katie Love, Mallory McQueen, Ashley West, and more, Upper Cumberland Pride still became a very familyfriendly event. “I think that when people think that gay and children don’t go together, they’re deluded,” Thompson said. “Some of the people who didn’t agree with our festival said, ‘At Dogwood Park? There’s going to be children’s activities? What?’ And I thought, well, half of these people are bringing their kids with them!” “You can see any number of couples here that have got two moms on one arm and two kids on the other. It’s great!” Cravens said. “And that’s the truth of the Upper Cumberland. We’re here, we all have families, and that’s what we want to show people.”

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LOCAL Tenn. reacts to President’s stance on same-sex marriage

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NASHVILLE - After years of not aligning himself for or against same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama’s opinion is now on the record. “For me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” President Obama said. The President credited family and friends for helping his stance on the issue evolve over time. “It’s just really equal treatment, that’s what people care about,” according to Wes Aull, vice president of the Tennessee Equality Project. TEP is a statewide GLBT advocacy group, and its members are encouraged by the President’s remarks. “We’re glad to know the President has kind of thought this over and ended up feeling comfortable with the fact couples, other than heterosexual couples, can marry,” Aull said. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam spoke out on the President’s remarks shortly after the news broke Wednesday. “I think it seems like the President has maybe changed over a period of time on that, which is his right to do. But that is not a position I am in favor of,” Haslam said. In 2006, Tennessee voters overwhelming approved a state constitutional amendment that banned same-sex unions. David Fowler and his group Family Action Council of Tennessee lead the fight to pass that ban. Six years later, the President’s newly publicized position did not surprise Fowler. “I think he’s finally actually articulated, what I believe, he believed all along, but was unwilling to say,” Fowler said. Fowler said voters will definitely hear more about same-sex marriage leading up to the November election. “But as a political issue it’s not at the same fevered pitch that perhaps it was six, eight, ten years ago,” said Fowler. In 2006, Tennessee 81% of voters passed the state’s constitutional amendment that banned same-sex unions. Mississippi is the only other state where voters approved such an amendment with a higher vote total.

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LOCAL TTPC: Year in review by JESSICA GIBSON, CONTRIBUTING WRITER jgibson@outandaboutnewspaper.com

LOCAL PFLAG Nashville fights bullying in schools By O&AN STAFF REPORTS

NASHVILLE When asked to sum up the past year concerning the legislative actions of the General Assembly of Tennessee, Marisa Richmond has a one-word response: “Crazy.” As the president of Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, her job is to lobby for and against bills that affect transgender citizens in Tennessee, and the past year was a busy one for TTPC. From fighting the ever-present “Don’t Say Gay/Don’t Say Trans” bill to advocating for changes in the birth certificate and hate crime laws, TTPC had to pull out all the stops both to keep the advances that the GLBT community has gained in hard fought battles, as well as prevent draconian bills targeted specifically against transgender and gay citizens from becoming law. The actions of the legislature, as well as the hysteric nature of the bills proposed, made Tennessee a fertile ground for ridicule by late night comics and political pundits throughout the year. Even Governor Haslam was at a loss about the multiple bills targeted against GLBT citizens, saying, “I think there’s better things for the legislature to occupy themselves with right now.” Although there were several bills targeted at the GLBT community, one bill was designed specifically against the transgender population. HB 2279, titled “The Bathroom Harassment Act”, was introduced by state representative Richard Floyd. The sole purpose of the act was to prevent transgender people from using the restroom of their presenting gender, instituting a $50 fine for anybody who did not use the public restroom or dressing room that matched the sex identification on his or her birth certificate. Representative Floyd, not known for his highbrow commentary, laid out his transphobia with stunning vitriol: “I believe if I was standing at a dressing room and my wife or one of my daughters was in the dressing room and a man tried to go in there - I don’t care if he thinks he’s a woman and tries on clothes with them in there - I’d just try to stomp a mudhole in him and then stomp him dry.” The resultant firestorm by TTPC, Tennessee Equality Project and several other groups led to the bill’s Senate sponsor, Bo Watson, to withdraw his support for the bill. Further action by the groups ensured the bill remained without a sponsor, allowing HB 2279 to die a well-deserved death. Although none of the bills that TTPC lobbied for were passed into law such as the birth certificate bill allowing transgender people born in the state of Tennessee to change the sex on their birth certificate, and the bill to make hate crimes in Tennessee transgender inclusive - they were able to get hearings on the bills, forcing lawmakers to consider the reality of the lives of transgender people. “Unfortunately,” Dr. Richmond said, “many were still not ready to vote to treat transgender people with dignity, fairness and respect.” With this year being an election year, it becomes ever more important to participate in the elections, and to work to help elect pro-equality candidates who will support fairness for the LGBT community. TTPC will be working with people across the state to help elect representatives who will listen to the needs of the LGBT community and help make Tennessee a better and more tolerant state.

NASHVILLE - PFLAG Nashville is set to end the bullying of all youth. With help from the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies and Walgreens, PFLAG’s Care With Pride is a strategic initiative to support the critically important efforts to help end bullying of all

youth. As half of all children are bullied at some point in their school years, including 90% of GLBT youth, Care With Pride will address these numbers through national media, regional events, and digital resources that raise awareness and promote the Safe Schools Action Pack. The Safe Schools Action Pack is a booklet containing PFLAG’s “Top Ten Ways to Help Make Schools Safer for All Students.” It also contains $65.00 in coupons and rebates from twenty brands within the Johnson & Johnson Family. One dollar from each coupon and rebate redeemed at local Walgreens will support PFLAG’s “Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All” initiative. “As a corporation at that is committed to the health and care for all people, the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies is focused on continuing to uphold diversity and equality through a range of efforts externally as well as within our own organization,” says Scott Creighton, Global Vice-President of the company’s Marketing Excellence Group. “By partnering with PFLAG, we are helping to further their very important work to end bullying and create safer schools for all children.” Kathy Halbrooks, President of PFLAG Nashville, is excited about the partnership with PFLAG National and the Johnson & Johnson Family. “Bring[ing] public awareness to bullying in our schools [does] something positive to make sure that every student can have the best possible educational experience in a peaceful and safe environment,” she says. For more information and to download Care with Pride’s Safe Schools Action Pack, visit www.walgreens.com/pride. For more information on PFLAG and “Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for all”, visit www.pflag.org.

LOCAL NIH nominated for White House Award By O&AN STAFF REPORTS

NASHVILLE - Nashville in Harmony, Middle Tennessee’s first and only city chorus purposefully comprised of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight people, has been nominated for the White House Pride Month Champions of Change Award. In the coming weeks, a White House panel will review the video submissions from the nominees and then select a group of semi-finalists. In late May or early June, the public will be able to vote for the finalists to be featured as Champions of Change at the White House. By attending the Champions of Change event, NiH hopes to further accomplish its goal of building community and creating social change. To find out more about Champions of Change, visit www.whitehouse.gov/ champions, and to view Nashville in Harmony’s video submission, go to youtu.be/ iV5gvIG_bno.

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WARM AND WELCOMING TO THE DISCERNING TRAVELER Area hotels are notable for both stylish accommodations and GLBT friendliness! by SHANNON FREEMAN, CONTRIBUTING WRITER sfreeman@outandaboutnewspaper.com

If you’re traveling to participate in this year’s Nashville PRIDE, it’s important you feel like Music City is your second home - and a little pampering along the way couldn’t hurt! Out & About Newspaper has done its research and slept in these beds to provide suggestions for the most discerning tourist. Listed below are accommodations we know to be both GLBT-friendly and fashionable, hip, unique, or luxurious - maybe a little bit of them all!

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from a bed strewn with rose petals to a luxury cottage fit for two kings (or queens)! Blue Moon is close to The Factory at Franklin (www.factoryatfranklin.com), an industrial style specialty mall with arts, shopping and great dining (Boxwood Bistro and Saffire come to mind), along with Cool Springs Galleria (www. coolspringsgalleria.com) and a wide variety of fine restaurants (Bricktops of Franklin, Stoney River Steakhouse, and Buca di Beppo, to name a few). A quick 14-mile drive up I-65 gets you to downtown Nashville. 4441 North Chapel Road, Franklin (615) 497-4518 www.Bluemoonfarmbb.com

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“premium”, with 12 full-service suites also available. Gilchrist and Soames bath products await in each marble appointed bathroom; one has the option of a steeped tub or walk-in shower. Union Station is a smoke-free environment and they take this quite seriously: violators are subject to a $250.00 fine! Additionally, Union Station is across from the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, a must-see attraction in downtown Nashville! The Prime 108 Lounge offers a sleek, modern atmosphere, while the adjoining Prime 108 Restaurant is the height of well-heeled ambiance. 1001 Broadway, Nashville (615) 726-1001 www.unionstationhotel/nashville.com

Since 2007, this mid-rise luxury hotel has become widely known as Nashville’s “boutique” accommodation. Replete with a well-equipped gym, hip décor, and two eateries (Golden Bean Café and Goten Steaks and Sushi), Indigo is a natural choice for the tasteful tourist. All suites come with Aveda bath amenities, CD players and coffeemakers. Not that your morning will necessarily require caffeine. The picturesque view from a terrace or city-view suit is enough to awaken all the senses. 1719 West End Avenue, Nashville (615) 329 - 4200 (877) 846-3446 www.hotelindigo.com www.hotelindigowestend.roomstays.com

BLUE MOON FARM BED AND BOARD

If more peaceful, cottage-like surroundings are more you style (and you don’t mind a bit of a drive), Blue Moon Farm Bed and Board is for you! Owners Bob and Susan pride themselves in providing a customized experience; this includes supplying custom directions over the phone, from anywhere in the country! As guests, you’ll enjoy private cottages which are stocked to the brim with any and all foods carrying the Blue Moon label (including Blue Moon beer!), and any ambiance you desire can be created,

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What do Bette Midler, Oprah Winfrey, the Dixie Chicks, Greta Garbo and countless historical figures have in common? They’ve all stayed at the historic Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville! Along with offering opulent accommodations The Hermitage is also within walking distance of some of downtown Nashville’s finest art galleries. Guests enjoy rooms that range from 500 - 650 square feet, with each square foot appointed by only the finest! An array of newspapers are delivered to one’s door daily; 20 inch flat screen hi-def televisions come standard. Dining at The Capitol Grille within the hotel is an experience not to be missed. 231 6th Avenue North, Nashville (615) 244-3121 (888) 888-9414 www.thehermitagehotel.com

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Described as “glam vintage”, Union Station offers a taste of history combined with elegant, modern accommodations. Architecture buffs will appreciate the unique structural design of this fully renovated classic. Rooms are designated as “classic” or JUNE 2012

While your fellow guests may hail from Red State, USA, Opryland Hotel and Resort is managed and staffed by plenty of GLBT-friendly folks! The Nashville floods of May 2010 inspired a $270 million dollar renovation of this traveler’s Mecca...and the refurbish does not disappoint! 2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville (615) 889-1000 www.gaylordhotels.com/Gaylord-Opryland

Regardless of what you’re seeking, the Nashville area will not only meet your expectations but also exceed them! So come on down; we welcome you to Music City for the 2012 Nashville Pride Festival!


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EATING HARD ROCK CAFE Hard Rock is a haven for fans of music, food, and great times. Whether you are down for a Legendary Burger, live music, a Classic Tee, a Rock Star Suite, or the latest collectible pin, there’s something for everyone. Every Hard Rock Cafe, Hotel & Casino, or Live around the world serves up authentic experiences that rock. Since its establishment in 1971, Hard Rock has also been committed to a wide variety of philanthropic causes and activities. 100 Broadway, Nashville www.hardrock.com

SUZY WONG’S HOUSE OF YUM Located right next door to Tribe on Church Street, Suzy’s has become one of the hottest meal tickets in town. Chef Arnold Myint (a former contender on Bravo’s Top Chef) named the joint after the popular 1950s novel The World of Suzy Wong, the story of a beautiful Asian “lady of the evening” falling in love with an American diplomat (played by William Holden in the camp classic 1960 movie.) Get ready for, in Myint’s words “a brothel of epicurean delights.” 1517 Church St, Nashville www.suzywongsnashville.com

MARCHE ARTISAN FOODS

Marche Artisan foods is a European-style cafe and marketplace rolled into one. You can dine on the savory dishes from their menu for brunch, lunch and dinner throughout the day or be adventurous and buy the trimmings necessary to create your own menu. The cafe offers wine and changes up its menu from monthto-month so you can find something to new to enjoy every few weeks. 1000 Main Street, East Nashville www.marcheartisanfoods.com

NUVO BURRITO On any given day, there is a place where you can get a “Margarito,” watch the “Nuvo Network” and relax with friends while enjoying a freshly prepared “90210 Ques-Idea.” Where, you ask? Right in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood at hotspot Nuvo Burrito. The American-style burrito and quesadilla menu is only second in popularity to the Glee parties every week. 1000 Main Street, East Nashville www.nuvoburrito.com

MAD DONNA’S Across the street from the Lipstick Lounge sits Mad Donna’s, another East Side favorite. From burgers to more upscale fare, this neighborhood restaurant can suit just about any taste. And for more fun, head upstairs for Drag Bingo and other weekly activities. 1313 Woodland Street, East Nashville www.maddonnas.com

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multiplex. The theatre showcases some of the best films of decades past, as well as new independent features and live music. Their concession stand consists of your typical movie fare (popcorn and soda) but also includes a fully stocked bar. How could you have a better moviegoing experience than to sit in a historical theatre, sipping your favorite liquor or beer, while enjoying a classic film?

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ENTERTAINING THE RYMER GALLERY Open Tuesday through Saturday (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.), the Rymer Gallery is the largest contemporary gallery in the heart of Nashville’s arts district. Continuing the legacy endowed by The Betty Rymer Gallery at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the gallery supports the best of what the contemporary art world has to offer. 233 Fifth Avenue North, Nashville www.therymergallery.com

NASHVILLE ZOO The Nashville Zoo’s mission is to inspire a culture of understanding and discovery of our natural world through conservation, innovation and leadership. 3 777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville www.nashvillezoo.org

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SPLASH! Swimwear Fashion Show Benefit for Nashville PRIDE Saturday, June 2 | Mad Donna’s 7:30 p.m. | $10 | Free for Core 100

Nashville Pride Spirituality Night Wednesday, June 13 Scarritt-Bennett Center 7 p.m. | Free

Nashville in Harmony presents MOSAIC: Voices for Change! Thursday, June 7 TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater 7:30 p.m. | $20

Curb Records Pride Rocks! Pre-Party Thursday, June 14 | Hard Rock Cafe 7 p.m. $20 | Free for Core 100

Music City Sisters present Take Me to the River Texas Hold ‘em Tournament Friday, June 8 | OutCentral 8 p.m. | $10 entry fee Nashville Pride Pageant Sunday, June 10 | Play Dance Bar 8 p.m. $10 admission | $50 entry fee Skate Night with the Grizzlies Wednesday, June 13 Brentwood Skate Center 6 p.m. | $10

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Nashville Pride Family Feud Friday, June 15 | Tribe 9 p.m. | Free

From activists to athletes, Nashville Pride will honor several respected members of the Middle Tennessee community at its second annual awards reception and Pride Rocks! Pre-Party presented by Curb Records at the Hard Rock Café. Nashville Predator’s captain Shea Weber and restaurateur Arnold Myint are among the list of honorees chosen by Nashville Pride’s Board of Directors as standouts in the local and national GLBT community. This year’s honorees are

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said Pride President Randall Roop. The board began presenting awards in 2011 to honor two leaders in Nashville’s GLBT community as well as the two late GLBT icons for which the Middleton and Manasco awards are named. Newly added to this year’s award list is the Philanthropy in Business award, celebrating an entrepreneur who has generously donated goods and/or services to Pride and other non-profit community groups to help raise funds on multiple occasions during the year, traits present in all of Myint’s endeavors. The Ally Award honors a straight friend of the GLBT community who has taken a stance for equality. “I am humbled and honored to be recognized with the 2012 Ally Award,” Weber said. “It was an easy decision when I was asked to participate in the You Can Play project. I’m lucky to be in a position to help in any way I can and I am grateful to Nashville Pride and the many other community groups who work toward [GLBT] equality all year long.” Pam Wheeler is this year’s recipient of the The Mark Middleton/Bianca Paige Pride Volunteer Award. Wheeler embodies Middleton’s passion for and commitment to the GLBT community and Nashville’s annual Pride Festival. A former board member and Nashville Pride organizer, Wheeler is a long-time volunteer and currently hosts Out & About Today on NewsChannel 5. The Mark Manasco Community Service award

will be presented to Tennessee Equality Project’s Christopher Sanders. Sanders led the campaigns supporting Nashville’s non-discrimination ordinances, those opposing the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and more. Frequently quoted in the media, Sanders shapes the message of equality in Tennessee. The award winners will be honored at the Nashville Pride Pre-Party at Hard Rock Cafe on Thursday, June 14, and during the 2012 Nashville Pride Festival at Riverfront Park on Saturday, June 16.

GET TO KNOW THE RISING STARS

The Rising Star award is presented to new Pride volunteers who show promise in helping Nashville Pride continue to grow in the future.

Anne Golightly, self-proclaimed “anthropology major, gay rights activist, cupcake enthusiast, vegan, and wild thing What can we expect from you in the coming year?

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“This coming year for me is all about social service and giving back to my community. I will continue volunteering for and dedicating time to Nashville Pride, as well as continuing research and advocacy for GLBTQI equality. I look forward to all the fun times ahead with my favorite community organization!” Jennifer Beita, Middle Tennessee Coordinator for SNAP of Tennessee

What do you most look forward to at this year’s Pride Festival?

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“The thing I love about Pride is we are all just celebrating each other. To me it’s not about gay, straight, bi, transgender, its about all of us just coming together and being proud of who we are.”

Heather Hauser, Assistant Art Director at Her Nashville How does it feel to a Rising Star? “As a straight supporter of equality, I am very honored to be receiving an award from the Nashville Pride organization. I feel it is important for the straight community to be involved and show support and acceptance for the GLBT community.”

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the latest legislative session two bills were proposed that dealt with treatment of the GLBT community in public schools. [Ed.: For more information, see our legislative breakdown.] Given this level of coverage, Richmond believes Nashville serves as a beacon of hope to people across the state who feel misunderstood and abandoned by local leaders. by SHANNON FREEMAN, CONTRIBUTING WRITER “Nashville Pride, and the Equality sfreeman@outandaboutnewspaper.com Walk in particular, serves as a model for other areas of the state where attitudes and behaviors are less evolved,” she says. “Education and positive modeling are always the best tools for increasing awareness and insight. The Equality Walk is more than just a venue for Nashvillians to demonstrate their pride and unity; this event serves as a prototype for other parts of the state, areas where both LGBT citizens and their straight allies long to foster a sense of acceptance and appreciation. “These people make valuable In 1964, Bob Dylan admonished the establishment, disability, age, or national origin. contributions to their communities on a firmly warning that the times were “a’changin’”. At the Yet, one segment of the population was still not daily basis; some of them also happen to dawn of this new era, a time of rapid societal progress, recognized as a group deserving of equal rights - not be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. music captured the zeitgeist of a young generation ready special rights, but equal protection from discrimination and We want to establish, once and for all, that to move beyond the biases of a bygone season. In the exclusion. Nearly fifty years later the GLBT community these two facts are not mutually exclusive.” turbulent ten years known simply as “The ‘60s”, America is still striving to be recognized as Americans whose Fifth Third Bank is the largest took bold strides toward fulfilling the mission set forth by constitutional rights warrant defense and enforcement. corporate sponsor of this year’s Equality its founding fathers; the age of Aquarius brought awareness With these goals in mind, the Equality Walk returns this Walk, but other area businesses and to the need for equal rights regardless of race, gender, creed, year as part of the 2012 Nashville Pride Festival. While the organizations support the endeavor entire Pride festival revolves around with both human capital and financial celebrating the daily contributions contribution. made by Nashville’s GLBT “I have always been interested in and community, the Equality Walk takes supportive of Pride in Nashville,” says this concept a step further. Jon Glassmeyer, treasurer of the Nashville “The Equality Walk is a threeGrizzlies Rugby Football Club. “I believe dimensional source of pride,” says it is extremely important to demonstrate Dr. Marisa Richmond, president of that GLBT people are proud of the lives the Tennessee Transgender Political they lead, and are part of the world at large. Coalition and participant in this Pride [and the Equality Walk] also creates, year’s Walk. “The images created even for a moment, a place where GLBT by the joining of Nashville’s GLBT people can drop their guard, hold hands community and our straight allies is with their significant others and not worry AT NASHVILLE VETERINARY SPECIALISTS invaluable.” who is watching. Participants will walk to honor the “I am a firm believer in supporting N A RY SP RI unique daily contributions made by the my community,” he continues. “For me E E C T local GLBT community; those who are this includes the arts community, East family members, friends, employers, Nashville and the local interests of the employees, volunteers, and neighbors. GLBT community. All of these sub“They fight for our freedom yet communities are part of the bigger fabric they are denied basic constitutional that is Nashville. Without support for each rights,” Richmond continues. “The sub-population, the greater public becomes NVS majority of Americans believe that is the loser.” neither just nor fair. The Equality Walk As the people of Nashville take to the is a microcosm of modern mainstream streets for equality, gay, lesbian, bisexual, thinking. The belief that all citizens, transgendered and heterosexual alike, regardless of orientation, deserve the the message is clear: Nashville’s GLBT basic civil rights afforded by the United community is proud of who they are, and States Constitution.” their friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, Tennessee has recently been in bosses and colleagues walk with them in a the national news regarding treatment shared sense of purpose, dignity and, yes, of the GLBT community, and during pride.

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The 24th annual Nashville Pride Festival will be held Saturday, June 16, at Riverfront Park from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The annual event is a chance for the GLBT community and its allies to gather in celebration of advances made for GLBT equality. The excitement of Pride weekend begins on Thursday, June 14, with Curb Records Pride Rocks! Pre-Party at the Hard Rock Café, highlighted by Hydrogen Blonde, an explosive high energy cover band that plays a wide variety of hit songs. The band has become a staple in the East Nashville music scene performing monthly at The Lipstick Lounge. This year’s festival is expected to be the most highly-attended to date and boasts an eclectic entertainment lineup that includes Hello Kelly, Jen Foster, Ian Harvie, Jermiah Clark, Antigone Rising, Kerli and Kristy Lee on the Bridgestone Main Stage. A variety of popular local acts will also perform throughout the day on the Local Stage and the Tribe & Play Entertainment Stage will be home to DJ’s and drag performances. “We are so excited about this year’s beefedup festival, especially with new additions like our Equality Walk presented by Fifth Third Bank and an entertainment lineup as diverse as Middle Tennessee’s LGBT community” said President Randall Roop. Feisty, Nashville-based Hello Kelly takes the

Main Stage just after noon. Knowing the life on the road is no place for the faint of heart, the alt-rock band has returned to the grind with a transformed sound that is harder, faster and more sincere, making it clear that Hello Kelly is in do-or-die mode with a tenacity neverbefore seen. Jen Foster follows singing about the time her lover moved out and took everything she owned in “Taking Bob Dylan” and about the jaded American culture in “Closer to Nowhere. An award-winning singer/songwriter who regularly sells out shows all over the country, Foster often draws a devoted following to her live shows, though her largest fan base resides in the Southeast. Her bond with fans will create a captive audience, eager to hear her stories. The day’s entertainment will switch gears in the afternoon when the world’s first FTM transgender comic, Ian Harvie, takes the stage. Frontiers Magazine referred to Harvie as “quite possibly the most unique stand up comic in the country” with his eccentric views on love, families, adolescence, substance abuse, and gender identification, as well as his acute dissection on the circus act that is the stunt double for today’s popular culture. Jeremiah Clark returns the entertainment to music as he masterfully balances poetry with practicality similar to Rufus Wainwright and Tracy Chapman.

While his songs usually take on a more serious tone, his performance is sure to be refreshingly lighthearted. He enjoys telling comedic stories about family, friends and traveling between tunes joking that, “If you don’t laugh AND cry at some point during the show, I simply have not done my job.” The mighty rumble of Kristy Lee, an Alabama alternative artist with a voice like thunder rolling in before the sweet southern rain, as well as the newlyredirected Antigone Rising, a female rock band that has opened for Rob Thomas, Aerosmith and The Rolling Stones, round out the event’s main stage entertainment as they sandwich Estonian recording artist Kerli and her unique electronic/pop/experimental sound. General admission to the event is $5 and allows access to more than 75 vendors in the Nashville GLBT Chamber Marketplace, mobile food vendors, cold cocktails and frozen drinks, misting fans, karaoke, street performances, an inflatable kids’ zone, prizes and much more. VIP tickets are $50 and include food and drink at the festival. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit Nashville Pride. This event is included in CORE 100 membership which offers discounted tickets to supporters. VIP tickets are available online and include private bar, two drink tickets, food and private restrooms in the Captain Morgan VIP area.

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BROTHERS UNITED

GLBT NATIONAL HELP CENTER

An African-American social & support organization committed to the education and empowerment of the local and statewide GLBT community, Brothers United sponsors Nashville Black Pride the last weekend in October.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline provides telephone and email peer-counseling, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.

(615) 974-2832 brosunited@aol.com www.brothersunited.com NashBlackPride@aol.com www.brothersunited.com/blackpride.htm

When were you founded? 2003

How many members do you have? 15 Board & Planning Team Members, and about 25 active volunteers. What is your biggest event each year? The highest attendance reach in over the past 10 years took place during our 2005, 2006 & 2007 celebrations. Over 2,500 participates were reached over a 3-day time span in those years.  One of the main reasons we were able to reach so many people was because we rented out the Gibson Showcase which was a venue that was located at Opry Mills Mall.  It was our home for many years before it closed and allowed us to bring in nationally known LGBT African American artists, and entertainers in a unique way.  Our attendance is still good, and we are very hopeful that our Tenth Year Anniversary Celebration; EVOLUTION OF A DECADE, October 19-21, 2012 will be our largest and best to date!

COMPREHENSIVE CARE CENTER With the mission of offering people living with HIV the finest care possible, this Vanderbilt clinic uses the latest technology to offer advanced, excellent care and collaborates with a large network of organizations to bring Nashville a center of excellence in HIV/AIDS treatment. 719 Thompson Lane, Suite 37189 Nashville, TN 37204 (615) 875-5115

CONDUCTORS Group holds benefits for people with AIDS at community bars & clubs. P.O. Box 40261, Nashville, TN 37204 www.Conductors.net

DIVERSITY BUILDER, INC. Diversity Builder offers a comprehensive national GLBT business and physician directory to those looking for a gay friendly physician or business in Nashville, Middle Tennessee, or anywhere in the United States.

(800) 799-7233 (888) THE-GLNH

Music City Cars / Cumberland Region LCCI The Nashville-based Tennessee and Kentucky chapter of Lambda Car Club International, this is the social group for gay and lesbian car and automotive lovers. P.O. Box 330397, Nashville, TN 37203 groups.yahoo.com/group/musiccitycars

GREATER NASHVILLE PRIME TIMERS This group of mature gay and bisexual men - and their admirers - come together in a supportive atmosphere to enjoy social, educational, and recreational activities (615) 269-3263 wresch@comcast.net www.tnprimetimers.org

Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center The MGLCC empowers, connects, educates and advocates for the GLBT community of the Mid-South

HRC Nashville Steering Committee This diverse volunteer group of individuals works each and every day to bring the mission of the Human Rights Campaign to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight-supportive people in the greater Nashville area. (615) 356-8132 info.nashville@hrc.org

Music City Sisters

892 South Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104 (901) 278-4297 info@mglcc.org www.mglcc.org

Middle Tennessee OUTsiders Nashville’s hiking, camping, wading, swimming, rafting and more group offers GLBTQ and straight people opportunities to explore and experience nature and the great outdoors via affordable activities with a down-to-earth, laid-back sensibility while creating fun, safe, non-competitive, nature-focused recreational outings appealing to all ages, experiences, and abilities. middletennesseeoutsiders@gmail.com www.facebook.com/Middle-Tennessee-OUTsiders

When were you founded? September 2010

How many members do you have? We are not a membership driven organization but participation varies as folks choose from a variety of activities that suit them. Over 60 different people have joined us for at least one outing and we average 8 to 12 per trip.

What is your biggest event each year? We plan a variety of hikes and other nature-focused adventures and seldom revisit the same location. Some are close to Nashville while others are several hours away. Most are day trips, but we also plan weekend OUTings. We tend to seek out of the way, less populated locations that offer added natural, historical, or cultural significance.

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An order of 21st century queer nuns work to spread universal joy and abolish stigmatic guilt, the Nashville chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence raises money for AIDS charities, fights for queer rights and visibility, and does safer sex outreach, without taking themselves so seriously they forget to have fun. They gladly welcome all races creeds, genders, and sexual orientations. info@MusicCitySisters.org www.MusicCitySisters.org

When were you founded? 2009

How many members do you have? 14

What is your biggest event each year? Our two biggest events are the Pink Panty Pulldown, held around Valentine's Day, and Alphabet Art, a Juried Exhibition of Queer Arts and Artists, which opens on the first Friday in September. CLUBS cont’d on page 26 O U T A N D A B O U T N E W S PA P E R . CO M

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Tennessee Equality Project TEP promotes the equality of GLBT people in Tennessee. P.O. Box 330895, Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 664-6886 info@tnep.org www.tnep.org

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Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce Dedicated to economic growth and cultural discoveries for the GLBT community in the Nashville area, the Chamber offers educational programming to improve its members’ skills in the business environment and extend networking opportunities to grow companies in and outside the community. P.O. Box 330971, Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 481-9233 www.NashvilleGLBTChamber.org

When were you founded? 1998

How many members do you have? 110 members

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Nashville CARES educates the community about HIV transmission and its prevention while advocating for responsible public policy and providing services that improve the quality of life for people with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Nashville’s gay and lesbian committed couples host social gatherings and special events.

How many members do you have? 80 employees serving 64,000 Middle Tennesseans

Nashville Pride’s mission is to educate and maintain a sense of pride, community, and awareness of, about, and for GLBT people and culture in Middle Tennessee.

When were you founded? 1985

What is your biggest event each year? The Nashville AIDS Walk & 5K Run, which will be 21 years old this year. Over 2,500 people converge on downtown Nashville for a fun-filled 5K Walk & Run starting in Riverfront Park and ending with a concert series. The event raises over $200,000 to fight HIV/AIDS in Middle Tennessee. Our second largest event is Dining Out For Life; over 6,500 diners “DINE OUT” each year on the fourth Tuesday in April in Nashville. This year 56 restaurants participated in the 10th Annual Dining Out For Life and raised over $110,000. Nashville’s LGBTQIF cultural center provides arts, educational and wellness programming while offering city-wide volunteer service and space for community meetings and events.

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What is your biggest event each year? Since 2006, the Chamber's biggest event has been the Unpredictable Fashion Show. It is known for uniqueness and for its edginess. We are surveying our members and analyzing the non-profit landscape, and the Chamber is making decisions on how we can best help the community in the future. In the short term, look for the GLBT Chamber to offer many more events that will benefit our members, assist economic growth, and pursue equality in the workplace.

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P.O. Box 330931, Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 650-6736 info@nashvillepride.org www.NashvillePride.org

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Tennessee’s first and only musical arts organization specifically created for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people – and their straight allies.

Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition

P.O. Box 159156, Nashville TN 37215 director@nashvilleinharmony.org www.NashvilleinHarmony.org

(615) 322-HOPE (800) 559-HOPE

When were you founded? Fall 2004

When were you founded? 1987

How many members do you have? 110 singers, 40 non-singing “5th Section” volunteers

What is your biggest event each year? We perform in a two season year, spring and fall, each of which ends with a major concert in which we fill TPAC's 1075 seat Polk Theater. The Spring concert is always guided heavily by our mission statement, “using music to build community and create social change.” This spring our concert theme is MOSAIC: Voices for Change. In this June 7 show, we will raise our voices to help bring equality to the workplace, support GLBT and questioning youth and create a safe community for all people with a special emphasis on anti-bullying. Each year, our fall concerts always address our mission with a fun holiday flair!

PFLAG/Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays Nashville

1704 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 366-0888 www.pflagnashville.org

Smoky Mountain Rodeo Association Seated with the International Gay Rodeo Association, SMRA is an all-volunteer organization that promotes education and enjoyment of the western lifestyle and the production of fundraising events for charitable organizations within our community. P.O. Box 40224, Nashville, TN 37204 smrainfo@smra.net www.SMRA.net

Street Works Outreach Program

As part of the international collaborative HIV Vaccine Trials Network, the Vanderbilt HIV Vaccine Program participates in the clinical trials that will lead to a safe effective preventive HIV vaccine that can work everywhere in the world.

How many members do you have? Over 1100 volunteers have participated in an HIV vaccine study at Vanderbilt

What is your biggest event each year? Our annual fundraiser for Nashville CARES, “Karaoke for CARES,” has raised over $20,000.00 for HIV/AIDS education and support services since the first event of the series in 2011.

Tennessee Valley Pride Designed to educate and advocate on behalf of transgender related legislation at the federal, state, and local levels, TTPC is raises public awareness and builds alliances with other organizations concerned with equal rights legislation. P.O. Box 92335, Nashville, TN 37209 TTGPAC@aol.com www.ttgpac.com

When were you founded? May 2003

How many members do you have? 659 members

What is your biggest event each year? Our biggest event is our Annual Dinner each October. We have had a major political ally give a speech about their support for LGBT rights. In the past we have had Councilman Keith Durbin (2007), Councilwoman Megan Barry (2008), State Representative Jeanne Richardson (2009), Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors (2010), and State Senator Beverly Marrero (2011). We would love to have O&A cover the event this year.

A non-profit organization designed to celebrate diversity in the Chattanooga area that combines the resources of GLBT people in the area and reaches out to the community with dignity and respect. The Board is committed to raising awareness, strengthening and growing the community, creating a safe environment and providing aid to those less fortunate. president@tennesseevalleypride.com www.tennesseevalleypride.com

The Brooks Fund The Brooks Fund is working to grow its endowment to create a legacy of giving for the GLBTQ community while encouraging the inclusion, acceptance and recognition of Middle Tennessee’s lesbian and gay citizens and protecting their dignity, their safety and their health. 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, Nashville, TN 37215 (615) 321-4939 ext. 101 www.thebrooksfund.org

Vanderbilt HIV Vaccine Program

Street Works provides free confidential HIV/AIDS testing, and (bilingual) counseling on safer sex practices to the Nashville area along with a 24-hour emergency helpline and 24-hour on-call counseling.

Nashville Grizzlies Rugby Football Club

83 University Court and 520 Sylvan Street Nashville, TN 37210 (615) 248-1905 www.street-works.org

A USA Rugby Division III club, the Grizzlies are a socially and ethnically diverse group of guys ages 1950 learning a great sport, getting some good exercise and giving back to the community.

Tennessee Stonewall Democrats

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A statewide grassroots Democratic lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization that works with the community and the Tennessee Democratic Party, the Stonewall Democrats get the GLBT community involved and educated on political issues of importance.

When were you founded? 2006

How many members do you have? Approximately 45 players, 50ish Auxiliary (non-playing) members

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MNSA promotes amateur athletics with special emphasis on the participation of the GLBT community in an atmosphere of friendly softball competition.

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Belmont United Methodist

When were you founded? 2007

How many members do you have? We have roughly 225 members in our league.

What is your biggest event each year? The biggest event is the Gay Softball World Series. The top two teams from every division get to go the the GSWS, which is held in a different city every year, to compete with the top two teams in the other cities who participate in the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (“NAGAAA”) league. www.metronashvillesoftball.org

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What is your biggest event each year? Other than matches, our biggest event is our annual Red Dress Rampage, a 5k fun-run/pub crawl in which participants don red dresses & charge from bar to bar down the streets of Nashville.

have traditional worship, while others off a more contemporary style.

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Services: Sundays at 8:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The Church of the Living Water 731 S. Dickerson Pike, Goodlettsville (615) 948-2679 | www.clwnashville.org Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Congregation Micah

2001 Old Hickory Blvd., Brentwood (615) 377-9799 | www.congregationmicah.org Shabbat services: Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Mincah services: Wednesdays at 5:20 p.m.

Covenant of the Cross

Metro Nashville Softball Association

752 Madison Square, Madison (615) 612-5040 | www.covenantofthecross.com Services: Sundays at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Nashville is blessed with an abundance of affirming churches and synagogues. Within these communities of faith, there are Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, United Church of Christ and more.

Edgehill United Methodist 1502 Edgehill Avenue, Nashville (615) 254-7628 | www.edgehill.org

Services: Sundays at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

Some are considered mainly GLBT communities, and others are considered mainline churches who accept and affirm the GLBT community. Some will

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The Play Mates talk about their tricks being exposed by HOLLIS HOLLYWOOD, CONTRIBUTING WRITER hollis@outandaboutnewspaper.com

You’d never know it by the time they serve us glamour onstage, but the night doesn’t always start out pretty for a drag queen. Two hours before showtime, the varied cast members file into the PLAY Dance Bar dressing room to paint their faces and don their costumes and wigs. Some are men and some transgender ladies, all are gorgeous, talented and ready to give their all to entertain the guests of the bustling Nashville nightclub. With the new abundance of instructional YouTube videos and a certain drag queen-focused reality television

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show, the mysteries of female illusion are no longer what they used to be. Now that drag performers’ carefully tucked secrets have been exposed, there is a challenge to keep drag audiences excited and entertained. PLAY emcee and Miss Universal Show Queen 2012, Dee Ranged, agrees. “The Drag Race show is great,” she says, while transforming from Rob to Dee with a makeup brush and thick layer of stage paint, “but it is a reality television show; people have to remember that. It’s not the best drag out there just because it’s on TV. A lot of these things they are showing on camera, the tricks that we’ve been doing for years behind the scenes. No one was really supposed to know how we did it, and that’s what was fun about it: the illusion of drag. Now it’s even harder because we have to perform with everyone knowing exactly what we do back here. So you’ve got to twist things and show the audience something completely crazy onstage.” Completely crazy describes Dee Ranged herself. While PLAY Dance Bar’s signature performance style leans toward beautiful female illusionists,

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Dee Ranged’s wild character performances like Edward Scissorhands and the Mad Hatter add comic relief and wild creativity to the popular Church Street shows. The lovely Sara Andrews also started out as a comedic performer, but not surprisingly has found her art evolving more toward the “pretty”. “Every now and then I still pull out a funny number just because I enjoy it,” she says about finding inspiration for her performances at PLAY. “I also look to pageant contestants I admire and watch lots of videos and look at pictures of other performers online.” Meanwhile, Nichole Ellington Dupree has been making Nashville audiences gasp with her fabulous dancing and flawless “death drop” move for years. She credits her drag “mother” longtime Cabaret and Chute performer Vanessa Del Rio with instilling in her the importance of giving an audience an amazing experience. “No matter what you are doing you have to have a connection with your audience,” Nichole says. “That is the key to success. I try to express what is in my heart and draw from the emotions I am feeling that day.” She also says requests from friends are great too. “When people make a point of coming to see you and share what they like and their point of view with you, it is especially rewarding,” she explains. “They want you to succeed and want to give you support and help you be your best.” PLAY MATES cont’d on page 40


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PLAY DANCE BAR

Nationally known as one of the hottest places to shake your groove thing, Play offers a massive dance floor, constant laser lightshow and multilevel bar. The bar’s ever-entertaining cast of drag queens take the stage in the show bar each night Wednesday Sunday at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. with an additional show and Saturdays at 9:30. 1519 Church Street www.playdancebar.com

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BLUE GENE’S

Want a casual evening with one of the best jukeboxes around? Then stroll back down Church Street to 1715 and step into Blue Gene’s. This neighborhoodstyle bar is a meeting place for the locals, and out of-towners quickly find themselves at home here as well. 1715 Church Street www.bluegenes37203.com

The newest addition to the thriving Church Street scene, Canvas Lounge is a warm, inviting neighborhood bar with quirky artwork, a tasty array of tapas and an eclectic mix of music on the weekends. 1707 Church St. www.canvaslounge.net

TRAX

Trax offers a more casual sports bar atmosphere with plenty of visual experiences with the many TVs throughout, which is great during football season. It also offers pool tables and dart boards for the sportsman in you. 1501 Ensley Boulevard www.traxclub.com

THE LIPSTICK LOUNGE

The Lipstick Lounge is famous throughout the south as the bar to visit when in Nashville. Lesbian-owned and founded in 2002, the “Lounge” is a

popular nightspot for all walks of life. The friendly staff, events and daily food and drink specials make Lipstick a home away from home to anyone who enters. 1400 Woodland Street www.thelipsticklounge.com

PURPLE HEYS

Purple Heys offers a super casual and relaxed atmosphere more suited for happy hour than a wild night on the town. This is more of a local hangout than a nightclub yet it attracts a Cheers type of crowd with plenty of regulars and casual fun. 1401 4th Avenue S.

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Located just next door to Play is its sister bar, Tribe. A big-city type video bar, Tribe offers up a variety of top-notch drinks in a sophisticated setting. 1517 Church Street www.tribenashville.com

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Patrick Hamilton and the Tennessee Democratic Party by BEN ROCK, MANAGING EDITOR editor@outandaboutnewspaper.com

Patrick Hamilton has been working in politics for over six years. Beginning as deputy director of community affairs for Governor Phil Bredesen, he found his niche in scheduling which led him to his role as director of scheduling for Vicepresident Al Gore. Now as the first out GLBT person at the director levels, Hamilton is excited about his new role as the deputy executive director for the Tennessee Democratic Party. “We’re hoping to start a statewide GLBT caucus to have a group of volunteers that are registering voters, engaging volunteers, sending out specific information to the GLBT community, and engaging them in fundraising events,” he says of the state party’s movements to engage the gay community. “That’s kind of an untapped resource for the state party.” One of the first things Hamilton did when joining the Tennessee Democratic Party was to state the importance of the party’s presence at Pride events during June. “I can remember when I first came to Nashville. There was no the Democratic party [booth] at Pride,” he says. He thinks having that presence can increase voter registration and volunteer recruitment within the GLBT community. “Particularly with the kind of hot bed that Tennessee’s been in for the last year with the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill and all this stuff, we need to register GLBT voters and engage them in local and state races.” To make those Pride events throughout the state, Hamilton is relying on his field directors and their staffs. “We have a field director that’s in our office,” he explains, “and we have the state divided into six field regions. Each of those regions has somebody working. The Chattanooga area has a field director that’s working locally there, and that field director should be organizing their presence at Chattanooga Pride. In East Tennessee, somebody should be at Knoxville pride with the state party, registering voters and saying, ‘Hey, we’re here; we see you guys.’” That increased awareness and participation within the GLBT community can enable more progressive democrats and “people that think like us” to achieve office. “As a community, we can’t just sit back and say, ‘Oh, it’s really bad that we can’t get married and we don’t have these rights and the reps are talking about us this way,’” Hamilton says. “We have to get up and mobilize and volunteer and engage. I think that starts with local elections.

“We didn’t get in this position with one seat away from a super-minority in the [Tennessee State] House overnight,” he continues. “It took a long time for the pendulum to swing from Democrat to Republican, and I don’t think we’re going to change and regain control of the House and Senate overnight. That’s going to take time. I think that happens one election at a time.” Hamilton also explains the same efforts are being placed on the women’s, Hispanic and, especially, the faith-based communities, all of which are represented within the GLBT constituency group. “When talking about engaging the faith-based community, people think that’s more of a Republican talking point,” he says, “but I think that Democrats are faith leaders, too. We go to church, and we worship just like everybody else. I don’t think that’s a Democrat or a Republican issue. I think sometimes Republicans have done a better job at talking about it.” To move thestate forward, the Tennessee Democratic Party has to go in a new direction. Hamilton says there are three ways to achieve this goal To be strong and effective at the grassroots level

 o aggressively define its opponents and defend its T Democratic principles To be an inclusive, values-based party.

Hamilton also explains how everyone inside the Democratic “tent” can work together make those things happen. “The democratic party is [like] a big tent,” he says, “and we have room for people within our party, faith leaders and everybody, to agree and disagree yet still respect one another. I feel like the Republican party is a much smaller tent.” The President knows that, he adds, and coming out in favor of same-sex marriage should not have a negative impact on his chances for reelection. As the first gay deputy executive director, Hamilton feels a large amount of excitement in his new role rather than pressure. “For me, it’s like, ‘Wow, the state party really is talking about GLBT issues, and they’re serious about them,’” he says. “We’re at a place and time where somebody can be the deputy director of a state party...in the South...in Tennessee...and be an out gay man - that’s huge! Five years ago, I don’t know that that would have been received well in Tennessee, even by Tennessee democrats. I’m excited about the step in that direction.” JUNE 2012

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One of Music City’s biggest weeks is on the horizon. Every year artists and fans alike flock to Nashville to entertain and be entertained at the CMA Music Festival. This year’s festival takes place June 7 - 10, so dust off your boots and pull that pair of tight jeans out of the closet. Wait, who are we kidding? Tight Fittin’ Jeans are our forte. For those who’ve never attended the CMA Music Festival, let me issue one warning. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. There’s so much to do and not enough hours to do it all. It’s extremely easy to tire yourself out before the end. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and drink plenty of water. The only passing out we want to see is from when Jake Owen takes the stage. While the biggest events don’t start taking place until Thursday, June 7, there’s plenty to do around town for all you early bird arrivals. If you’re in town on Wednesday, June 6, the CMA Music Festival Kickoff Parade begins at 11 a.m. Country Legend Glen Campbell will serve as the Grand Marshall with entertainment provided by Little Big Town. The parade will run along Broadway from 10th Avenue and will end at the Riverfront Stage. After the parade, the 7th Annual CMA Music Fest Block party will kick off with some of country music’s hottest new acts providing the entertainment. With the CMT Music Awards broadcasting live and Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam, there’ll be plenty to do Wednesday night around town but make sure you get your rest because Thursday morning the schedule scramble begins. During the day you’ll find plenty of (free) music at four separate stages around downtown. Bic Soleil Bella Beach Stage: Located in Walk of Fame Park, this stage runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Some of

the highlights are American Idol’s Kristy Lee Cook and Lacey Brown and the sweet sounds of Morgan Frazier. Also, be sure to check out the hot Michael Ray. Durango Acoustic Corner: Located at Fan Fair Hall in the Nashville convention Center, this stages runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Some highlights of the Durango Acoustic Corner are country legend Janie Fricke, 90’s staples Doug Stone and Mark Willis, The Voice’s Gwen Sebastian and Survivor runner-up Chase Rice. Bud Light Stage: Located at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza, the Bud Light stage will host artists from 11 a.m. to 5:25 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Don’t miss the soulful, sultry voice of Julie Roberts. Other highlights include Sonia Leigh, Jason Michael Carroll and Idol’s Josh Gracin. Chevrolet Riverfront Stage: Located on the river, this stage boasts some bigger names all day long Thursday through Sunday. If I can tell you anything from last year, Broadway actress, comedian and country music sensation Laura Bell Bundy will deliver an electrifying show. This is one show you don’t want to miss. Other highlights include 90’s icons Lorrie Morgan, Tracy Lawrence and Jo Dee Messina as well as Eden’s Edge, Heidi Newfield, Jerrod Neiman and the incomparable David Nail. The fireworks kick off nightly for those with tickets to LP Field. These shows are sure to rock your socks off. Crossover stars Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill are among the divas set to perform. Also set to take the stage are Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Jason Aldean and more. Fans will also be treated to an acoustic performance from Kellie Pickler. CMA Music Festival can be a music lover’s dream but remember a little planning and a lot of rest go a long way. Yes, I am still kicking myself for missing Taylor Swift last year. You can stay up to date by following the CMA Music Festival on Twitter @CountryMusic or Facebook at www.facebook.com/cma.

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Idina Menzel performs in Nashville the night of Nashville Pride

by BEN ROCK, MANAGING EDITOR editor@outandaboutnewspaper.com

Photo by Robin Wong

Idina Menzel has a diverse career on the stage, in film and television, and in music. Best known for her work in the Broadway musical and film adaption of Rent, her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba in Wicked, and her recurring role in the hit TV series Glee, the beloved Broadway star has spent much of the past two years crisscrossing the country, headlining concerts with worldrenowned symphony orchestras. This summer she is at it again and returning to Nashville for shared concert with the Nashville Symphony at the Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel. While some singers might be thrown by not performing with the same musicians each show, Menzel finds the experience thrilling. “I have the same music director and the same rhythm section, so I have sort of the base there,” she explains. “Then there are these incredible surprises when you hear

this incredible music [from these different groups]. It somehow works out great and that’s what’s really thrilling.” Menzel is also changing things up a bit from her last time in town adding material not found on her recent CD/ DVD release Live: Barefoot at the Symphony. “That CD/DVD was the result of a year and a half of touring beforehand, and I don’t want to go back to the cities like Nashville and repeat too much,” she says, mentioning that of some other “kick-ass belting songs” will be added to her repertoire. “I’m definitely exploring some new material and some of the major belters out there,” she continues. “There are these women that I idolize, and instead of feeling intimidated about singing songs that they’ve sung, I’m just gonna get out there and be inspired by them.” Of course, there will be a couple of songs held over from the previous tour, such as the ever-popular “Defying Gravity” which, combined with her gay rights activism, earned her a spot on Atlantis Events’ Allure of the Seas cruise. “That was heaven for me,” she says. “First of all, sometimes I have to watch my language and my banter a little bit because I have young people in the audience. There, I felt totally liberated. I just hung out with the boys, you know what I mean? I didn’t worry about it, so it was a little raunchy which was really fun. It was just a great few days; if I ever went on a cruise again, I’d definitely go on a gay cruise and never go on a straight cruise.” With her concert on the night of Nashville Pride Festival, Menzel hopes to see more fans from one of her favorite communities while she is in town. “You have got to remind of that!” she says about Pride Fest. “That way if I get too tired during the show, I can remember where I am.” And, hopefully, come hang out with the boys here too. Idina Menzel performs with the Nashville Symphony at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at the Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel. Tickets are available online at www. nashvillesymphony.org/tickets/event/idinamenzel.

MOVIES ‘Love Free or Die’ during Pride Week

by O&AN STAFF REPORTS

St. Ann’s Episcopal Church will host a free screening of the documentary Love Free or Die on Friday, June 15, at 7 p.m. Love Free or Die is a film about Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay and partnered Bishop in the Episcopal Church of the United States. Bishop Robinson is a man whose two defining passions the world cannot reconcile: his love for God and for his partner, Mark. The film chronicles Bishop Robinson’s life and work and follows his story as American churches debate whether gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God. St. Ann’s Rector, Reverend Rick Britton, had seen the movie during the Nashville Film Festival and now wants St.

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Ann’s to share it with the rest of the Nashville community. He feels it shows Bishop Robinson’s incredible courage, his love for God, and the lives he has touched and inspired. It is also a testament to the power of mutual support between loving partners and a loving family. St. Ann’s is a faith community that seeks to witness to the unconditional love of God in Christ. St. Ann’s places a high value on inclusivity, acceptance and openness. St. Ann’s Episcopal Church is located at 410 Woodland Street in Nashville. Admission to Love Free or Die is free to the public, and refreshments will be provided. Reservations are requested but not required. For more information, Contact St. Ann’s by phone at (615) 254-3534 or by email at recept@stannsnashville.org.


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ESSAY Straight or gay? Activism and sexuality by ZACK BARNES, CONTRIBUTING WRITER zbarnes@outandaboutnewspaper.com

With the election season upon us, many staffers will ask if their candidates should tap into the GLBT base to draw up support for their campaign. Many people inside the GLBT communities hold personal opinions that the community is more politically active and engaged than heterosexuals. “Our community is more politically involved because of the threats and opportunities we face,” said Chris Sanders, Nashville Committee Chair of Tennessee Equality Project. “At the state level, we face a number of threats in the form of discriminatory legislation. At the local level, our opportunity in cities throughout Tennessee is to advance nondiscrimination measures.” Researchers have even been examining the scope of GLBT political involvement. Specifically, three researchers from New York University, Rutgers University, and Hunter College. CUNY completed the first every study looking at this issue, thanks to a grant from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF). The survey, “The Hunter College Poll”, was compiled with 768 gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. (It should be noted that this study did not compile the statistics for the transgender population, because it was infeasible to obtain a representative sample.) The research found that many assumptions are true: GLBs are much more interested in politics than the typical American. They also feel that more citizens should stay informed of current events and perform jury duty. “[GLBs] are more interested in politics, they express higher levels of sense of civic duty, and they participate in politics and civic affairs at higher rates than the average America,” read the report, Finding from the Hunter College Poll of Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals: New Discoveries about Identify, Political Attitudes, and Civic Engagement. The Tennessee General Assembly has concluded for the year, and the campaign season is beginning. To be successful, candidates may want the endorsement of such groups as Tennessee Equality Project. “Candidates who want our support should reach out to our community intentionally,” said Sanders. “Working the crowd at Pride celebrations around the state is the best opportunity to reach a large audience. Advertising in our publications sends a signal. Sanders added that incumbents should talk positively about their record of support on GLBT issues and that it makes sense for them to do so on their websites and in their other communication vehicles. “It always makes me glad to see our TEP PAC logo on the website of a candidate we’ve endorsed,” he said. “We certainly welcome candidates who reach out to us for an endorsement. We look at their outreach, their record, and their answers to questions about public policy.”

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emmy and tony award winner

Kristin

Chenoweth in a rare concert appearance

One Night Only! wednesday,

june 20

tPaC’s jaCKson hall

tpac.org/shows 615-782-4040

TPAC Box Office Downtown

kristin-chenoweth.com

“Kristin Chenoweth may have the most versatile vocal chops on the Broadway stage today, able to soar in operatic soprano and belt a country tune with the best of ‘em. she’s funny and sweet and self-effacing and self-confident and sassy and smart and a whole heap of talented.” – CultureMob, Atlanta

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M A T T E R

Photos by Keith Hinkle

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Online Appointment Scheduling 24 / 7

Christopher May DC 2933 Berry Hill Dr Nashville, TN 37204

Above and below photo by Ben Rock

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M A T T E R West End United Methodist

CLUBS cont’d from page 28

First Unitarian Universalist Nashville 1808 Woodmont Blvd., Nashville (615) 383-5760 | www.firstuunashville.org

2200 West End Avenue, Nashville (615) 321-8500 | www.westendumc.org

Services: Sundays at 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Services: Sundays at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Glendale Baptist

1021 Glendale Lane, Nashville (615) 269-0926 | www.glendalebaptist.org Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

If more holistic and earth-based belief systems are more your speed, there are several information centers for alternative spirituality systems throughout town as well.

Hobson United Methodist 1107 Chapel Avenue, Nashville (615) 228-7334 | www.hobsonumc.org Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Holy Trinity Community Church

Cosmic Connections

1701 Portland Ave., Nashville

6727 Charlotte Pike, Nashville (615) 352-3838 www.holytrinitycommunitychurch.com

463-7677 yourcosmicconnections.com

Services: Sundays at 8:55 a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 11:35 a.m.

Second Presbyterian Church

3511 Belmont Blvd., Nashville (615) 292-3343 | www.secondpresbyterian.net Services: Sundays at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Trinity Presbyterian

3201 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville (615) 297-6513 | www.trinitypresnashville.org Services: Sundays at 11 a.m.

Unity Church for Positive Living 3419 Saundersville Road, Old Hickory (615) 847-7480 | www.unitynashville.org

The Goddess and the Moon

603 8th Avenue South, Nashville 251-9833 www.goddessandthemoon.com

Center of Symmetry

212 Louise Ave., Nashville (615) 321-4040 www.centerofsymmetry.com

PLAY MATES cont’d from page 30 So I love getting recommendations about fashion and music and my friends’ advice.” Cast member and Entertainer of the Year 2011 pageant winner Aurora Sexton thinks the increasing TV popularity of drag and female illusion performance art has brought change to the profession. “I think a show like RuPaul’s Drag Race is good for drag in general, because it brings attention to the art form and exposes a new generation to something they may not have seen before,” Aurora explains. “Back in the day the pageant system was how girls advanced in drag and got more bookings and higher fees. Now for many performers TV is the goal, and that has made things very different in our industry. It’s a different skill-set to be a TV personality than a live performer, and now it is also being rewarded differently.” However, according to Aurora, a downside of the popular LOGO reality show is the lack of representation of transgender entertainers. “Some of the most talented performers in our industry are transgender,” she says, “and that they are excluded from the show fails to show the wide variety of female illusion being performed today.” “Every type of entertainer has a shelf life,” explains Play Mate and transgender performance artist Deception. “You have to stay current and keep your act fresh. Audiences have a very short attention span, and it’s our job to keep them entertained and make them forget about their problems for a few hours.” The ladies agree that that is the value of a really good entertainer: they can capture an audience and truly command a stage. “Drag is like the army in a way,” Deception says. “Many are called but few are chosen.” See the Play Mates live at Nashville’s PLAY Dance Bar on Church Street Wednesdays through Saturdays at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. with an additional 9:30 p.m. show on Saturdays.

Services: Sundays at 11 a.m.

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Timberfell Lodge

Current Town

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timberfell.com

Hometown

murfreesboro, Tennessee

June 7 – 10 Camp Bear 2012: Bears Will Burn

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Timberfell’s 4th Annual Bear Event! This fur-friendly event provides special cocktail mixers, pool parties, cookouts, t-shirt vendors, and after hour parties. The 8th Annual Mr. TimBear contest will be held in conjunction with this event.

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Visit our website for registration and reservation details!

June 22 – 24 Trailer Trash/Sordid Lives Weekend

all about phillip I feel most confident when:

When I’ve just landed my tumbling pass at the front of the competition floor, and I’m turning to smile at the crowd. What’s your faviorite food?

Sushi. I’d melt for a good kamikaze roll, hands down. My greatest acheivement has been:

Either competing at The 2012 Cheerleading World Championship or achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. What do you hope your next greatest acheivement will be?

Winning The 2013 Cheerleading World Championship.

Photo by: Ethan James

What’s one item you can’t leave home without?

6th Annual Brother Boy Boozey Bash in the RV Park, Trashiest Campsite/RV, Trailer Park Tour of Homes, Redneck Golf Cart Parade, and more. Join us for a fun filled weekend featuring this great satire movie of the South.

July 4 – 8 Fabulous Fourth Holiday Weekend

Obviously my keys, unless I plan on walking wherever I’m headed, haha... I’m going to be like most people and say my phone. My life is on my iPhone.

A summer classic! Book early to get your favorite room. Special cookouts, poolside dance party, tavern bash, after hour parties, and HOT men by the pool.

If you won $1 million (tax free) and had to give half of it away, who would you give it to?

Come visit us in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.

I would give a quarter of it to my younger sister to take care of her college, and the other quarter I would donate to an Anti-LGBT Bullying awareness group. I know of too many amazing kids that have taken their lives due to this issue.

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DIVERSE CITY PAGE

Adoption Journeys

The Church of the Living Water 731 S Dickerson Pike, Goodlettsville, TN 37072 (615) 948-2679 | revtonyandronnie@comcast.net

Building families in the GLBT community through adoption since 2002 and providing sensitive, professional counseling services for individuals, couples, and families.

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Celebrate Pride with Dizzy’s Dog Wash and Corner Store Self Service Dog Wash – Drop Offs by Appointment All Natural Dog Foods, Supplements and Treats 512 Heather Place (Berry Hill/100 Oaks) Nashville, Tennessee 37204 615-463-7338 www.dizzysdogwash.com

medical care for your entire family

Psychotherapy

615/376-8195

Bradley Bullock, MD Cool Springs Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

1607 Westgate Circle Suite 200 Brentwood

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Individuals & Couples

John Waide, PhD, LCSW 615/400.5911 waide@psychotherapy-and-psychoanalysis.com Barbara Sanders, LCSW 615/414.2553 BarbaraSandersLCSW@gmail.com Music Row / Vanderbilt Area

Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Brandon Teeftaller, APN specializing in brief therapy & medication management crisis and evening appointments available all patients welcome including adolescents and adults most insurance accepted including Medicare

2200 21st Avenue S, Suite 406 Nashville, Tennessee 37212 615 | 301.8681


CALENDAR OF EVENTS // JUNE

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SUNDAY Fleming’s Steakhouse Turkey Creek | 6 -9pm

MARKET SQUARE & KRUTCH PARK

STATE STREET & GAY STREET AT 3PM

JOIN US AS WE SUPPORT THE RESTAURANTS THAT SUPPORT US!

5TH PrideFest Film Screening

“The Politics of Pride” | The Edge | 8 -10pm

SUNDAY

Cocoa Moon

Downtown | 6 - 9pm

LIVE ON MARKET SQUARE

VISIT KNOXVILLEPRIDEFEST.COM FOR MORE INFO. More events added daily, as well as in July & August! Check the website and the Official Pride Guide for a fully updated calendar.


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