October 2005


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.

Chicago awaits Team Nashville for Gay Olympics

Recently, the Out and About Today show interviewed Nashville residents and partners Sam Felker and Keith Little about local involvement in the 2006 Chicago Gay Games. At the 2002 Sidney, Australia Gay Games, ten Tennessee representatives participated, including Keith, Sam, and badminton aficionado Mark Lopez. Keith fared the best, earning a gold medal in the javelin competition. The Chicago Gay Games is projected to be the best ever, with an anticipated 12,000 – 15,000 worldwide participants, and appearances by Billy Dean, Martina Navratilova, and Greg Louganis, and stunning opening/closing ceremonies. Nashville’s participation in the 2006 Gay Games is expected to be significant.

“We hope to have fifty plus participants representing Team Nashville, who will proudly display our city’s banner during the opening ceremony. At a minimum, we’d like to see a softball team assembled, in addition to individual sports participants,” Felker said.

The sports represented at the games range from sailing, tennis, softball and volleyball, to pool billiards, darts, and figure skating. One does not have to be a world class athlete to enter events. Participation is open and fully inclusive.

Be sure to visit Sam and Keith Thursday, October 6, Tribe, 6 p.m. for more information. You may also visit www.chicagogaygames.com, for further details.


Free advertisement offered to customers left stranded by The Source

Diversity Builder has stepped in where The Source left off and is offering all 2005 Source customers a free six-month listing at www.diversitybuilder.com. Debbie Stanton, Diversity Builder President, stated, "Nashville GLBT businesses have worked diligently to establish a solid business character. I hate to see the community’s business reputation ‘tainted’ by a lack of service. Diversity Builder desires to show these clients superior customer service and ensure the marketing they paid for is delivered."

If you were a business customerr of The Source, please complete an application on the Diversity Builder website, or call 615-794-5047. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2005.


Nashville GLBT Chamber website goes ‘live’

The chamber has launched its new website and accompanying logo, specifically catering to the Nashville business professional. The site remains under development and may be viewed at www.nashvilleglbtchamber.org.

Chamber President Chris Sanders commented, “The new website will give the chamber a sharp image and enhanced functions that will help us serve our members better. We are grateful to SBResults (www.sbresults.com) for their work on the redesign.”

The active email address for the chamber is [email protected].


Chamber holds first speed networking event

The monthly GLBT Chamber of Commerce meeting was dedicated to ‘speed networking.’ John Wade, Freedom Financial president, organized the event and reported the following response.

“Feedback received afterwards was overwhelmingly positive, even from members who normally do not care for networking events. The most common disappointment expressed was that it did not last long enough. This says to me that the Chamber was correct in establishing the Chamber Referral Network for members who want more frequent and formal networking. I encourage those with networking needs and interest to visit with CRG members for more information.”

CRG – Nashville’s GLBT Business Networking Group meets the second Tuesday of each month, at 6 p.m. The next meeting is Tuesday, October 11. For further information or to join CRG, contact Debbie Stanton at 615-516-6069.

The next GLBT Chamber meeting will be held at Loew’s Vanderbilt. Contact Chris Sanders at [email protected].

New chamber members:

R. Lynn Taylor of Taylor Made Plans; Terry Gordon, representing Pat Skow, Realtor, Prudential Woodmont; Alexis Faith, photographer and make-up artist and owner of OutRIGHTS Outfitters; Jason Ivey, individual member.


Nashville welcomes OutRIGHTS Outfitters, oRo

In 2004, Alexis Faith started OutRIGHTS Outfitters (oRo) as a vehicle to take action against GLBT injustice. OutRights Outfitters offers merchandise devoted to ending discrimination and raising awareness of the GLBT community. A highlight of the oRo collection is the Marriage Equality Pin, featuring a rainbow ribbon with commitment rings attached.

Each color on the pin has a meaning within the GLBT civil rights quest. Orange represents courage and strength; red equates to remembrance; yellow is hope; green represents promise; lastly blue symbolizes victory.

Marriage Equality Pin prices range from $5 – $10 and may be purchased through OutLoud Bookstore. A portion of merchandise sales will be donated to organizations fighting for GLBT equal rights, such as the HRC.


‘Nashville Gets Queer TV’ – check out September’s issue of The Advocate

The September edition of The Advocate, includes an article on Middle Tennessee’s Out & About Today show, entitled ‘Nashville Gets Queer TV.’ Be sure to check out page 24 of The Advocate. Similarly, the latest GLBT national magazine, The Scene, also published an article on the up and coming Nashville GLBT news show. Be sure to catch Out & About Today on Comcast Cable Channel 50, at 9:30 p.m., CST, Saturdays, and 10:00 p.m. Sundays.


Clarksville’s Coming Out Day

Clarksville announces the hosting of a documentary called “Fish Can’t Fly,” in celebration of National Coming Out Day, October 11. The film features interviews with people who have gone through the ex-gay “ministries. The event is free to the community and will be held at the brand new Freedom House Community Center, 125 Riverside Drive right here in Clarksville, TN. A panel discussion to follow. Contact David Shelton to find out more event information or to arrange panel participation at [email protected].


Tennessee drag king event of the year

The Mr. Esquire Pageant will be hosted in Nashville, October 8, 2005 at 8 p.m. at The Gibson Showcase in Opry Mills Mall. MAC PRODUCTIONS, the event organizer, has arranged for The Discovery’s Channel’s Drag King on Tour co-star ‘Luster’ to host the event. The pageant offers top caliber entertainers and contestants from Atlanta, Memphis, Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and is expected to draw a sizeable audience. Contact MAC at 615-498-1956 or email [email protected] for more details, advance tickets and table reservations.


Support these and other businesses that welcome the GLBT community

Diversity Builder welcomes the following new members:

  • SBResultswww.sbresults.com national small business website and marketing firm, headquartered in Nashville
  • GayWheels.comwww.gaywheels.com national glbt automotive site, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia
  • The Blind Stopwww.theblindstop.com Chandler, Arizona
  • Hillsborough Village/Woodbine Shell – www.hillsboroandwoodbineautoservice.com Nashville
  • Golden Onyx – www.goldenonyx.biz tax preparation in West Hollywood, California
  • Thomas Stirling – Realtor in Moon Township, Pennsylvania
  • Cascades Aids Project – Portland Oregon


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