Bishop Robinson to speak in Middle Tennessee

Gay Bishop Gene Robinson has definitely “lived to tell.” 

On Saturday, April 14, he will share his remarkable story with students and guests at the Southeastern Regional GSA  (Gay Straight Alliance) Conference hosted by the University of the South-Sewanee.

In 1969, Gene Robinson graduated with his bachelor’s degree in American Studies and History from the University of the South-Sewanee.  More than thirty years later, he will return to his alma mater to address regional GSA organizations. In 1969, no one could have predicted the swarm of controversy that would surround Bishop Robinson.

Born in the deep south, Robinson struggled with his homosexuality at an early age.  Torn, he married his now ex-wife in 1972.  After having two daughters and still unable to deny his sexuality, Gene divorced his wife.  In 1989, Robinson met his current partner Mark Andrew with whom he has been happily committed to since that time.  From that point on, Robinson no longer denied, nor was ashamed of his sexuality. 

A long time member of the Episcopal Church, Robinson soon found his calling.  He was ordained and served as both a deacon and priest before elected as Bishop. 

Gene was catapulted into the national spotlight when confirmed as the ninth Bishop of New Hampshire’s Episcopal Church in March of 2004.  Criticized for being openly gay, Robinson faced conservative right winged critics that denounced his chosen profession. Bishop Robinson faced both supporters and critics from both sides of the isle. 

Remarkably enough, Robinson has come forth from all the controversy with renewed sense of purpose and dedication.  GSA organizations from across the region are excited to have such a courageous man speaking about his inspirational road to tranquility, peace and God. 

The conference is being held on April 13 and 14.  Registration begins late Friday evening with both social and networking events planned.  Bishop Robinson is set to speak the morning of the 14.  Other topics will be explored that evening including how college students can get the GLBT movement going in the South and issues that the GLBT community faces in the buckle of the Bible belt.

The conference is open to the public and free of charge. Join local GSA members, students and friends in welcoming Bishop Gene Robinson home. 

While in middle Tennessee, Robinson will speak about his experience as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church at Vanderbilt Divinity School at noon on Friday, April 13.  His presentation, "Ministry in the Eye of the Storm" will be held in Benton Chapel. The event  is co-sponsored with Vanderbilt University's GLBT Resource Center and Office of Religious Life.

WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

Keep readingShow less
by Spectrum Medical Care Center

Nurse Practitioner Ari Kravitz

When I started medical transition at 20 years old, it was very difficult to get the care I needed for hormone replacement therapy because there are very few providers trained in starting hormones for trans people, even though it’s very similar to the hormones that we prescribe to women in menopause or cisgender men with low testosterone.

I hope more providers get trained in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so they can support patients along their individual gender journey, and provide the info needed to make informed decisions about their body. I’ve personally seen my trans patients find hope and experience a better quality of life through hormone replacement therapy.

Keep readingShow less

Descanso Resort swimming pool and lounge area

Descanso Resort, Palm Springs' premier destination for gay men, just received Tripadvisor's highest honor, a Travelers' Choice "Best of the Best" award for 2023. Based on guests' reviews and ratings, fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor's 8 million listings around the world receive the coveted "Best of the Best" designation. Descanso ranked 12th in the top 25 small inns and hotels category in the United States. Quite an accomplishment!

Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

Keep readingShow less