Chattanooga Briefs – August 2005

by Jennie Gritton
Chattanooga News Writer

First Annual Pride Ball held in Chattanooga

When most Chattanoogan’s think Pride, they go to other cities, such as Atlanta or Nashville, to enjoy large festivals with company sponsorships and parades that last for hours. In the past, there have been local Chattanooga events held to celebrate Pride, but in recent years there has been no annual event for Chattanoogans to call their own.

In response, one member of our community stepped up to the challenge. Iunike Stevens came forward and established an event titled Rainboechic’s First Annual Pride Ball. Iunike said that “[she] was trying to bring all cultures of GLBT community together to celebrate and to be ourselves because there isn't a official Pride Celebration in Chattanooga .”

The event was held on June 18th at the Elk’s Lodge and brought in dozens of people throughout the evening. Unfortunately, on the same night as the Pride Ball, there were other local events occurring simultaneously, such as the annual Riverbend concert and a local club’s anniversary celebration. However, despite the competition, there has been a lot of positive feedback and everyone is looking forward to next year’s event.

This year’s Pride Ball featured free food and drinks, and a Rainboechik’s Mr/Miss Pride crowning. This year’s Miss Pride was Timeka Coulter and Mr. Pride was Nikesha "Lil Boi" Johnson.

Iunike is hoping to receive sponsorships to make next year’s Pride Ball an even bigger success. Inquiries about next year’s event should be sent to Iunike at

Chattanooga Cares hosts Cut Up for Life in September

The annual Cut Up for Life, held in September, is a “collaborative effort of local and area beauty salons, their stylists, nail technicians and massage therapists who offer valuable time and skills to literally set up shop on the Walnut Street Bridge .” This year’s event will be on Saturday, September 10th from 11am – 5 pm. Chattanooga Cares facilitates the event. Any interest should be directed to Nicole Bellenfant at 423-648-9910 or

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.

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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.

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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.

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