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!





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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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.

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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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