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Chamber Chat: Jan+Feb 2019

January 16, 2019 - Articles, Chamber Chat, Columns, Events, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Ally, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, News, Tennessee

Chamber Looks Forward to Busy, Eventful 2019 by Joe Woolley | photo provided by Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce   Happy New Year — 2018 was quite the year for the Nashville LGBT Chamber! It was a major anniversary year, a year of transition, a…

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Veronika Electronika: Using Drag to Make a Difference

January 12, 2019 - Articles, Drag Queens, LGBT Advocate

by Joey Amato | Photos provided by Danielle Shields Photography   Veronika Electronika was born Steven Raimo in the early ’80s (a lady never reveals her true age) in Staten Island, New York to a family of working-class parents. Living only about 100 yards from…

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CREATING WELCOMING SPACES FOR LGBT+ CLIENTS

December 13, 2018 - Dear Allie, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Ally, LGBT Community, Sarah Rutledge Fischer

by Sarah Rutledge Fischer   Dear Allie, I recently took over office management for a small estate planning office in a medium sized city. My boss is an older, straight, white man, but he is incredibly accepting. Through word-of-mouth recommendations he has acquired a largish…

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Focus® On Politics (Rutherford Co. TN)

September 29, 2018 - Lauren Means, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Ally, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Murfreesboro, News, Politician, Question and Answer, Rutherford County, Tennessee

Taking a Stand on Equality At this year’s Boro Pride, we had the opportunity to speak with some of the candidates running for various offices in Rutherford County. We spoke with Matt Ferry (D) running for TN House District 48, Chris Mayor (D) running for…

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Focus On: Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

September 25, 2018 - LGBT Advocate, LGBT Community, LGBT Seniors, LGBT Youth, Middle Tennessee, Review

By Lauren Means A study from the Williams Institute reveals there are approximately 1.4 million LGBT Latino/a adults currently living in the United States. Latino/a’s make up 146,000 same-sex households in the U.S. with 29.1 percent of those households raising children. According to the U.S….

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HRC Nashville Presents: “HRCLive!” on Oct. 5th

September 24, 2018 - Concert, Entertainment, Events, Human Rights Campaign, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Ally, LGBT Community, LGBT Youth, Middle Tennessee, Music, Nashville, Tennessee

By Margo Hall A golden equal sign amid a sea of royal blue is quite possibly one of the most recognizable logos in the LGBT+ community, and more importantly it is the logo of the Human Rights Campaign. Since 1980, The HRC has fought for…

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Review: k.d. lang’s Ingénue at the Ryman

September 23, 2018 - Concert, Entertainment, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Music, Nashville, Review, Ryman, Tennessee

By Sydney Moxley They say that music can transcend time. That it can conjure memories and past emotions, making them feel as acute as when they were organically felt. For k.d. lang fans, this concert was that transcendental experience back to 1992. What made the…

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Building a Stronger Community

September 21, 2018 - Entertainment, Events, Health + Wellness, LGBT Advocate, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Nashville Cares, Tennessee

story by Ryan Rattliff | photo courtesy of Phalcon Photography New York native Dwayne Jenkins knows the value of community and safe spaces. Growing up, life in the Bronx was colorful. Early exposure to various ethnicities, cultures, and personalities taught him that being different was…

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First Openly LGBTQ Houston Mayor To Speak at Sunday Soiree

September 17, 2018 - Events, Fund Raising, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Community, LGBTQ Victory Fund, Nashville, News, Politician, Tennessee

by Selena Haynes  |  photo courtesy of LGBTQ Victory Fund The Victory Fund is hosting a Sunday Soiree in Nashville on Oct. 7 at Diskin Cider from 12-2pm. Come enjoy locally brewed cider and snacks while listening to the stories of national and local political…

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#IDOMARATHON couple to be married in all 50 states

August 16, 2018 - Faith + Spirituality, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Community, Nashville, Tennessee

story by Kelly Harrison | photos provided by Kacey Frierson and Chwanda Nixon   When Kacey Frierson and Chwanda Nixon started dating in 2010, they lived in Illinois. They were excited to move their family to Georgia in 2011 and make it their home state….

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