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Editor's note: This is part of a series of monthly articles for our Latino readership. This month’s entry details the group’s successes, a meeting spot for the Latino GLBT community and an event of pre-Hispanic origin. If you are interested in participating in TEP's Latino outreach, please contact TEP at firstname.lastname@example.org. The English translation of this this article is available below.
by Wando Weaver, Jeremy Harwell and Todd Hughes
En la última edición de “Out and About,” estábamos muy orgullosos de presentar el primero de una serie de artículos en español con el propósito de informar a los miembros de la comunidad GLBT (gay, lésbica, bisexual, transgénera) sobre los sucesos y noticias relevantes de Tennessee Equality Project y una nueva iniciativa de este grupo: Transformación, Equilibrio y Progreso.
Aquí, en el segundo artículo de esta serie, informamos al lector sobre los logros de este grupo; un lugar de encuentro para la comunidad y; un evento de interés para la comunidad latina GLBT.
Los miembros del equipo Transformación, Equilibrío, y Progreso, se han reunido varias veces durante los últimos meses para decidir como se van a realizar sus metas. Se han desarrollado varias ideas, por ejemplo, buscar a miembros de la comunidad latina GLBT que estén dispuestos a servir en la junta directiva de la organización mayor.
También, queremos colaborar con varios grupos de la comunidad como Conexión Américas y Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition para informarles sobre los recursos que les podamos ofrecer. Quisiéramos también formar lazos más fuertes con los abogados migratorios con el fin de compartir los recursos y las metas de TEP. Además de estas iniciativas y sobre todo, deseamos ver una comunidad latina GLBT que prospera.
Cipión y Berganza visitan Club Vibe: Un Punto de encuentro para toda la comunidad
Club Vibe, localizado en la popular “zona gay” de Nashville (1713 Church Street), ofrece un ambiente cómodo y amigable para todos los latinos GLBT de nuestra ciudad. Anteriormente conocido como “Club Blu,” este lugar tiene una larga historia de ser un lugar de encuentro para toda la comunidad GLBT. Pero, recientemente Club Vibe ha hecho un gran esfuerzo para acomodar a los latinos de Nashville.
Abierto los viernes y los sábados entre las 10:00 PM y las 3:00 AM, Vibe ofrece dos experiencias distintas: una Latin Night los viernes y una Top-40s Night con un “toque latino” los sábados.
Cipión y Berganza hablaron con el dueño de Vibe, Will Pulley, que nos contó que el propósito de Club Vibe es el de crear un ambiente de “show bar” que no se conozca como un bar GLBT sino que un bar donde todo el mundo sea bienvenido y donde se disfrute de los shows con las celebradas reinas Regine Phillips, Anastasia Beaverhausen, Stephanie Wells y Portia’. Según doña Anastasia, Club Vibe “desea construir un sentido de comunidad y también ofrecer opciones para ambas la comunidad GLBT y la comunidad straight.”
Cipión y Berganza también hablaron la estimada señorita Mónica Knowles, la que sirve de coordinadora de eventos en Club Vibe. Nos habló de las funciones de Club Vibe ambas para la comunidad latina y la comunidad straight de Nashville.
Club Vibe sirve a la comunidad latina como lugar de encuentro, un lugar “nuestro” donde se pueda conocer a otros latinos GLBT. También es un lugar donde la comunidad straight de Nashville pueda conocer la cultura latina. Mónica se identifica como una “embajadora para la comunidad latina y la comunidad GLBT” y desea que Nashville conozca las actitudes latinas en cuanto a ser GLBT en la cultura latina.
Según Mónica, “there are no 100% straight men in the Latin community” y que el concepto de “drag” es más aceptado en la comunidad latina que en la anglosajona. Se puede aprender más sobre Club Vibe en el internet: http://www.vibenashville.com.
Anuncio: ¡Celebración del día de los muertos en Cheekwood!
El jardín botánico y museo de arte Cheekwood será anfitrión de un evento festejando el Día de los Muertos, una celebración de origen prehispánico en que se honra y se celebra los seres amados que han muerto, el sábado el primero de noviembre desde las once de la mañana hasta las cinco de la tarde.
Esta celebración anual incluirá no sólo un mercado mexicano, sino espectáculos en vivo y actividades de arte interactivas para todos. La entrada es gratis para los miembros de Cheekwood y los que tienen menos de cinco años de edad, pero se cobra $10 por la entrada de adultos y $5 por la de la juventud y los estudiantes que muestran identificación apropiada.
Cheekwood está situado en el corazón de la comunidad de Belle Meade al lado del parque Percy Warner en 1200 Forrest Park Blvd. Para más información, se puede visitar www.cheekwood.org o llamar al (615) 356-8000.
Esperemos que se haya disfrutado de este artículo escrito por los miembros de Transformación, Equilibrio y Progreso. Para continuar con nuestros proyectos y para realizar todas nuestras metas, necesitamos su apoyo. Si usted tiene interés en ayudarnos en cualquier manera o si desea avisarnos sobre un evento o una noticia que sea de interés, por favor mándenos un mensaje por email a email@example.com.
In the last edition of Out & About Newspaper we were very proud to present the first of a series of articles in Spanish whose aim was to inform the Latino GLBT community about events and relevant news from the Tennessee Equality Project and a new initiative from that group: Transformación, Equilibrio y Progreso. Here, in the second article of the series, we start with a mention of this group’s successes; then discuss a meeting spot for the Latino GLBT community and finish with mention of an event of interest.
The members of the Transformación, Equilibrio y Progreso team have meet various times during the past few months to decide how we’re going to meet our goals. Several ideas have developed, for example, searching out members of the Latino community who are ready to serve in a leadership position in the greater TEP organization. We also want to colloaborate with several community groups, such as Conexión Américas and the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, in order to inform them about the resources that we have to offer. We also want to form stronger ties with immigration lawyers with the goal of sharing our goals and resources. In addition to these intiatives, and most important, we desire to see a prosperous Latino GLBT community.
Cipión and Berganza visit Club Vibe: A Meeting Place for the Entire Community
Club Vibe, located in the popular Church Street Gay District (1713 Church Street), offers a comfortable and friendly ambience for all GLBT Latinos in Nashville. Known previously as “Club Blu,” this space has a long history of being a meeting place for the entire GLBT community.
But, recently, Club Vibe has made a great effort to make Latino members of our community feel welcome. Open Fridays and Saturdays between 10 and 3, Vibe offers two very different experiences: a Latin Night on Fridays and a Top-40s Night with a “Latin touch” on Saturdays. Cipión and Berganza spoke with Vibe’s owner, Will Pulley, who told us that Vibe’s goal is to create a “show bar” ambience that doesn’t really fall into the “gay bar” category, but rather a place that’s “gay friendly” where everyone feels welcome and where everyone can enjoy shows with celebrated entertainers like Regine Phillips, Anastasia Beaverhausen, Stephanie Wells and Portia’.
Anastasia comments that Club Vibe “wants to build a sense of community and also offer an option for both the GLBT and straight communities.”
Cipión and Berganza also spoke with Miss Mónica Knowles, who serves as events coordinator in Club Vibe. She discussed the role that Club Vibe will play for both the Latin and straight communities in Nashville. Club Vibe serves the Latino community as a central meeting place, or a special place to meet other Latinos in Nashville. Mónica identifies herself as an “ambassador to the Latin and GLBT communities” and wants Nashville to learn about Latino culture and Latino attitudes towards GLBT people.
According to Mónica, “there are no 100% straight men in the Latino community” and the concept of drag is more accepted in the Latino community than in the anglo community. If you’re interested, you can learn more about Club Vibe at http://www.vibenashville.com.
Announcemet: Celebration of the Day of the Dead in Cheekwood!
The Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum will host an event to celebrate the Day of the Dead, a celebration of pre-Hispanic origen in which one honors and celebrates the life of loved ones who have died—this Saturday, November 1, from 11 AM to 5:00 PM.
This anual celebration not only includes a traditional Mexican market, but also live entertainment and interactive art for all. Entrance fee is free for Cheekwood members and children under five, but it costs $10 for adults and $5 for children and students with ID. Cheekwood is situated in the heart of the Belle Meade community, next to Percy Warner Park at 1200 Forrest Park Blvd.
For more information, please visit www.cheekwood.org or call (615) 356-8000.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed this article prepared by the members of the Transformación, Equilibrio y Progreso team. In order to continue our projects and to reach our goals, we need your help. If you have an interest in helping us, in any way, or if you’d like to let us know about an event or an ítem of interest, please contact us at transformación@tnequalityproject.org.
The members of TEP’s Latino Initiative, Transformación, Equilibrio, y Progreso are currently at work trying to inform not only the GLBT community with regards to our existence, but we’re also trying to work with the leaders of the Latino community. We need your help! One way in which we’ve attempted to communicate our existence and to refine our goals is to visit a club popular with GLBT latinos: Club Vibe. Club Vibe offers the entire community (straight, GLBT, latino and anglo) with a possiblity to experience a show bar with a “latin touch.” They’re open on Friday and Saturday nights. More information about Club Vibe can be found at http://www.vibenashville.com. You also might be interested in celebrating “El Día de los muertos” at Cheekwood. It’s a typical Mexican celebration, in which people honor their ancestors. More information is available at http://www.cheekwood.org.
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.