GAY FAVES 2015: Professional & Business Services

As LGBT visibility continues to rise, our voices are heard in more and more realms. But discrimination against LGBT people is still legal in this state, and we can be denied service with little warning. So we celebrate our favorite providers of business and professional services, people we know we can trust during tough, or important, times. It’s great to know that our community has people and institutions it can turn to when necessary.



LawyerAbby Rubenfeld

Abby Rubenfeld is an icon in the LGBT civil rights movement. Rubenfeld has fought tirelessly to tear down the barriers faced by LGBT people. She led the drive to overturn Tennessee’s sodomy laws, years before she became famous as one of the lead attorneys in one of the cases that would end same-sex marriage discrimination in America. So, our readers rightfully salute her efforts, naming her our favorite lawyer for a third year in a row!



DentistEast Side Smiles

You know, they say image is everything, and one of the first things people notice about a person is her or his smile. And for the third year in a row, East Side Smiles has been chosen by our readers as the place they trust the most with their smiles.

A recent Yelp review had rave reviews for the office: “Dr. Hadley is awesome…. The technology they use is extremely up to date and this is so refreshing. Not to mention the finished product is more than AMAZING. The front office is warm and welcoming and will work with you any way they can to ensure you are happy. Overall, my experience was wonderful!”



Health ServicesVanderbilt University Medical Center

If Nashville weren’t Music City, chances are good it would be Hospital City, and of the many fine choices available, Vanderbilt is certainly one of the best known and most respected.



VetMurphy Road Animal Hospital

There are no pet owners quite like LGBT pet owners, and when it comes to pet care, we are a choosy lot. This year, Murphy Road Animal Hospital unseated Value Vet to take the top pet doc of choice among our readers! One customer’s review said, “I will never go to another vet again—the entire staff is fantastic, and they are incredibly customer-centric. Appointments are easy to schedule, everything runs on time, they take plenty of time to help you understand your choices…”



Real Estate AgentBlake Samples, Keller Williams Realty

An Alabama native and graduate of the University of Alabama, Samples moved to Nashville for work after graduating and fell in love with Nashville’s “big city, small town feel.” He lives in East Nashville, and is well known around town, and our readers obviously trust him to handle some of the biggest transactions they’ll ever make, which is high praise.




Regions Bank is a major financial institution that employs tens of thousands of people. Why is it the favored bank of Nashville’s LGBT community? The quality of service, no doubt. But Regions is also committed to “its mission of making life better for our customers, communities and shareholders by creating shared value.” One of those values is a thought-out commitment to diversity.




PharmacyNashville Pharmacy Services

NPS Pharmacy is a unique independent pharmacy that has been serving the Southeast since 2001, when it was founded by Kevin Hartman. Hartman felt that there was an unmet need for a pharmacy that could offer things that the large chain pharmacies could not, things that could help improve the health and lives of the customers that it would serve. Nashville Pharmacy Services has also been an active supporter of the Nashville LGBT community, acting as a corporate sponsor for many events.



LGBT-Owned BusinessLipstick Lounge

The Lipstick Lounge again takes top honors in this category. As you can see in our main feature, it is an LGBT-owned business that truly engages that sometimes-forgotten community spirit of openness and welcomes all people, LGBT or otherwise. As they say on their website, “Come as you are, no matter what you are. You’re part of the human family, and this is your home.”



LGBT­-Owned New Business — Homegrown Taproom

Homegrown Taproom & Marketplace is a neighborhood craft beer taproom and local food market in Donelson. It serves as an outlet for local products, in particular craft beer. The concept, products, and people of Homegrown are community driven and a true demonstration of the word homegrown. We look forward to hearing more from and about this new LGBT-owned venture!





Photo courtesy of Jose Cuervo

2023 Reserva de la Familia Limited Edition Terceerunquinto

On January 10, 2023, Reserva de la Familia, Jose Cuervo’s ultra-premium collection of artisanal small-batch tequilas and Mexico’s crown jewel, announced its 2023 collector’s box, designed by artists Rolando Flores and Gabriel Cázares of the Mexico-based Tercerunquinto Collective. The piece of custom art, titled “Structuring a Landscape”, features a geometric abstraction of the landscape of Tequila, Mexico and will adorn the 2023 limited-release collector’s box of Reserva de la Familia Extra Añejo.

Since 1995, Jose Cuervo has worked with internationally recognized artists with roots in Mexico to design the box artwork for Reserva de la Familia Extra Añejo. Each box is an authentic collector’s item, with a limited quantity produced annually before a new artist is chosen. Previous artists include Gonzalo Lebrija, Pedro Friedeberg, Carlos Aguirre, Ricardo Pinto and many more. Every artist is selected by a team of art curators including 11th generation Cuervo family member and CEO of Jose Cuervo, Juan Domingo Beckmann, Executive Director of El Museo del Barrio in New York City, Patrick Charpenel and founder of Zona Maco, Mexico’s number one art fair, Zélika García.

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Velvet Ibiza

Every year, Ibiza is home to Europe’s very epic queer woman’s party, Velvet Ibiza, which is celebrating its 7th anniversary and promises to be next level. Velvet Ibiza is an all-inclusive 5-day and 5-night party and includes transportation from the airport, a bungalow, 3 meals, and activities and parties day and night, and drinks until around 10:30 pm.

This year, international crowds of LGBTQ+ women will be attending Velvet Ibiza on May 2 - 7 to celebrate life, belonging, and freedom. Event organizers have rented an entire resort in order to build a community vibe and allow queer women to connect so there’s no reason to go anywhere unless of course, you want to go shopping, head to the beach, or explore the island.

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Financial Planning for the LGBTQ+ community

The new year has arrived. For many people, that means making resolutions and thinking of ways they can do better in the coming year and beyond. Money management and financial planning are often very popular resolutions and goals, but most financial advice tends to be aimed at heterosexual couples who want to grow their family and raise children.

But, what if your life goals are different? What if you don’t receive the same protection under the current laws as hetero couples?
What if you don’t want to have kids?

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