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  After years of missing out on all the LGBT marriage revenue, local wedding service providers have now been reaping the rewards of a more open and just society for a few years, but our favorites are, for the most part, tried-and-true allies who supported our community, or were part of it, even before marriage equality.   Wedding Venue—Belmont Mansion This year, Belmont...
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Looking and feeling your best is an art form, and the LGBT community most definitely has distinct ideas about how to best achieve this goal. Our readers know what it takes to carefully construct a look for the world. And here are their recommendations for looking and feeling your best—including where to doll up your best four-legged friend!   New Clothes—H&M H&M retakes the top spot this year. With two local...
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  Nashville’s food landscape is ever-changing, with hip new restaurants opening every day, or so it seems. Some of those are flashes in the frying pan, and others sustain a loyal following. This year, though, our readers definitely showed their love to some perennial faves! All of this year's winners can be found in the Restaurant section of O&AN's Gay Guide!   Chef—Arnold Mynt + Overall...
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  From the tourist draws of Broadway to the dive bars that dot our neighborhoods, there are now any number of LGBT friendly options for enjoying Nashville’s nightlife. If you’re looking for the best LGBT establishments in town, your options are more limited but still delightful.   Bartender—Maggie Prater (Lipstick Lounge) For fourteen years, Maggie Prater has been a fixture of one of...
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In Nashville’s diverse and active LGBT community, there is such a diverse and powerful slate of community organizations and representatives reminding us how much we have to be proud of, and how much we have the opportunity to do.   Non-Profit—Nashville CARES Nashville CARES has recently upgraded its mission to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee. It’s team of professionals and...
Sin City Classic
The Greater Los Angeles Softball Association (GLASA) is pleased to announce that 20 sports will compete at the 12th annual Sin City Classic Sports Festival. With registration now open, the festival has grown to include a global footprint and has become the world’s largest annual LGBTQ sporting event. The 2019 Sin City Classic will take place on January 17-20, 2019, in Las...
Many readers may ONLY know Ellen as the deeply engaging day-time talk show host. But many of us remember her as a deeply relatable standup comedian. It's been 15 years since Ellen produced a standup special. Later this month, however, that will change! Netflix is releasing her special, Relatable, on December 18, 2018. Check out the trailer! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWJvNd9JMlU] In her first special...
“We take bullying very seriously and have a zero-tolerance rule. Your safety is our highest priority,” my principal announced. I felt a pain in my chest as I realized slowly that she should have added “but not if you are LGBTQ+.” I walk the halls with disgusted glances being thrown my way. My experiences aren’t reflected in history classes. Many...
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Vanderbilt University Police Department responded on Monday, Dec. 3, to reports of flyers containing racist and homophobic language being discovered on printers in some locations on campus. VUPD has been actively investigating the incident and has notified Metro Nashville Police Department, as well as the Tennessee Fusion Center and the FBI. The Vanderbilt Hustler reports that the incident follows a number...
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On Friday, December 7, 2018, the Metro Historical Commission, with support from The H. Franklin Brooks Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, will erect a historical marker on Seventh Avenue at Commerce Street. What is notable is the history they recognize:The Jungle and Juanita's, Nashville's first gay bars. The marker will read: Warren Jett opened The Jungle, a restaurant...
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