June 2006


Rachel Stanton is president of Diversity Builder, “Make the Connection” at www.diversitybuilder.com. Rachel can be reached at [email protected]. Drop her a note with any of your business news for the NAPP business page.

Cameron moves to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Kennith Cameron recently transitioned from mortgage specialist at New Wave Mortgage to Wells Fargo Home Mortgage’s Brentwood office as a home mortgage consultant. When asked about the move to Wells Fargo, Cameron stated: “I will be working in tandem with Roger Gore. Wells Fargo is the only triple A rated bank in the country. I decided to move to Wells (Fargo) for its support of the (GLBT) community. Wells has proven that it will hold its ground under fire.” Cameron may be reached at (615) 429-8828.

Holy Trinity affiliates with United Church of Christ

Nashville’s largest GLBT church, Holy Trinity Community Church, has been accepted into affiliation with the United Church of Christ (UCC), joining the Brookemeade Congregational Church as the second UCC affiliated church in Nashville.

Reverend Cynthia Andrews-Looper said, “By joining the UCC, we now have more opportunities to reach out to all persons who are hurting, providing renewal and hope amid our rich diversity.  God is still speaking truth to the church universal, but that truth isn’t being heard by all churches, particularly those that are organized with a national structure. Holy Trinity challenges those churches to become aware of the certainty of God’s extravagant welcome.”

Millennium Maxwell House extends Nashville’s Pride Package

Nashville’s Millennium Maxwell House has extended its Nashville Pride Package through August of 2006 due to an incredible response from the community, according to hotel management. 

For $269 a couple receives a club level two-night weekend stay with the choice of chocolate covered strawberries or martinis for two, breakfast and turn-down service. Millennium Hotels owns 14 resort hotels in America, with each offering a pride special. Millennium’s Pride Packages may be reserved online at www.millenniumhotels.com. When calling, mention the PRIDE code to receive the special rate. Millennium Maxwell House may be reached at (615) 259-4343.

Nashville in Harmony announces spring performance and Harmony Dinner

Nashville in Harmony (NIH), a chorus of GLBT persons and supporters, has announced it will finish its fourth season with a performance of the program, “We Shall Be Free,” on Friday, June 9 at the First Unitarian Church, 1808 Woodmont Ave. Tickets are $5 and are available at Outloud Books and Gifts, 1703 Church Street, or from chorus members.

NIH is Nashville’s first GLBT and friends chorus. Originally founded by John DeVault in 2004 as an outreach initiative of the First Unitarian Church, it is now led by music director Don Schlosser. The chorus has almost fifty members singing with a mission to use music to build community and create social change.

NIH will also host the First Annual “Harmony Dinner” Fundraiser & Silent Auction on Thursday, June 8 at Play Dance Bar, 1519 Church Street, starting at 6:30 p.m. Titled “We Shall be Free” with a ’60s and ’70s theme, the evening will feature live musical performances by choir members, a group concert, a silent auction and an eclectic southern menu catered by Monell’s Dining & Catering. For additional information on NIH and its events, please visit www.nashvilleinharmony.org.

Rainbow Ribbon Society forms at Sewanee

Sewanee’s newest gay and lesbian organization has formed citing a commitment to unity as their mission.

The Rainbow Ribbon Society plans to foster an environment of equality and respect for Sewanee’s GLBT community by hosting regular gatherings and sponsoring educational and cultural programs.

Regular membership is open to all alumni, faculty and staff of the University of the South, provided such individual is a friend or a member of Sewanee’s gay and lesbian community. Upon payment of annual membership dues of $10, the individual shall be considered a member in good standing.

Associate membership is open to current students of the University, and other friends of the community who are neither alumni nor employees of the University. Associate members pay no dues but are free to make a donation if they choose.

Events planned for Homecoming 2006 include a Welcome Hope Reception and a gay Sewanee guided history tour.

For more information and to become a member of Rainbow Ribbon, submit your request to the following address: Rainbow Ribbon Society, P.O.  Box 163 Sewanee, Tenn. 37375.

Media training set for June 5

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) & the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) will host a media spokesperson training on Monday, June 5, in Tillett Lounge at the Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville.

GLAAD Southern Regional Media Manager Alex Shoor will facilitate the training.

“At this crucial moment in GLBT history, it is more essential than ever that we be prepared to speak clearly and directly with the media and public about our lives and our families,” said Christopher Sanders, spokesman for the Tennessee Equality Project.

Participants will learn how to communicate effectively with members of the media, constituents and communities on GLBT issues of faith, family, and marriage.

“The workshop will provide tools for developing your personal message to the media, building relationships with journalists and conducting interviews with print, radio and TV reporters,” Sanders said. “The workshop is interactive and will include a copy of a GLAAD manual outlining essential media strategies.”

The workshop will be held Monday June 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (refreshments and snacks included) at Tillett Lounge, the Vanderbilt Divinity School, between the Heard Library and the Business School, 411 21st Avenue South in Nashville.

The workshop is offered free of charge, but the session is limited to 30 participants and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Send RSVPs or questions to [email protected]

‘O&AN’ copyeditor accepted to Florida State University

Marie Patrick, a copyeditor for “Out & About Newspaper” since December 2004, has been accepted to a graduate program at Florida State University in Tallahassee. The university has offered her a teaching assistantship, which will cover tuition and provide a stipend for living expenses. Beginning this fall, Patrick will be working toward a master’s degree in humanities with a concentration on early 20th Century European and American studies.

Patrick graduated Magna Cum Laude from Middle Tennessee State University and holds a bachelor’s in English. After earning her master’s degree, she hopes to pursue a career in fiction or textbook editing.

Originally from Panama City, Fla., Patrick will be leaving the Nashville area mid-June to spend some time with her friends and family. Though she is uncertain when she will return to middle Tennessee, she does plan to continue copyediting for “O&AN.