June 2005


Tennessee Equality Project elects new president, officers, and board members

The new board of the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP), a group formed in June 2004 to promote and sustain the equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in the State of Tennessee, elected veteran activist Randy Cox as chairman and president of the organization on May14 at the annual membership meeting. Cox succeeds Brandon Hutchison in the role.

The following members of the executive committee were elected to a second one-year term: Jeneen Preciose, vice president; John Snyders, treasurer; and Stephen Henry, secretary. Joining the executive committee in a new position of at-large member is board member Becci Cantrell of Sumner County.

New board members elected at the meeting are Beth Maples-Bays of Knoxville, Jeff Rymer of Nashville, and Roger Schecter of Nashville. Current board members Randy Cox, Joe Sweat, and Rhonda White were elected to two-years terms.

The new board and officers take their positions on July 1, 2005. For more information about the Tennessee Equality Project, visit www.tnep.org, or send an e-mail to [email protected].

Media contact: Chris Sanders, 615-390-5252, or [email protected]

CCC announces fundraiser details

Nashville, Tennessee’s Comprehensive Care Center, one of the largest freestanding HIV/AIDS treatment facilities in the nation, has announced the details of its annual fundraiser.

This year’s event is entitle “Vintners 2005: An Evening of Wine and Roses.” The event will be held at the newly remodeled War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville at 6:00 p.m. the evening of Friday, August 12. The event will include live and silent auctions. Preliminaries include the corresponding wine judging and the selection of annual honorees for community service in the area of HIV/AIDS. Organizers are incorporating new concepts this year, including educational opportunities for the wine enthusiast and host committee events.

General admission for the event is $65, with host committee membership available at higher levels of support. Tickets may be obtained by calling 615-321-9556, extension 259 or emailing [email protected].

The Comprehensive Care Center is centrally located in Nashville and serves over 2000 patients by providing a broad range of medical and supportive services that include primary care, adherence, substance abuse and psychiatric counseling, medical care management, infusions, and nutritional consultation. The Center houses an obstetrics clinic that provides specialized care for pregnant HIV positive mothers. In the past three years, over 120 HIV negative babies have been born to HIV-positive mothers who have received services at the Center.

More can be learned about the Comprehensive Care Center at www.compclinic.org.