GLBT Chamber news briefs

Out & About Newspaper ranks 9th nationally has ranked the top fifteen independent GLBT newspapers in the United States. Out & About Newspaper ranks number nine in the nation in popularity of online newspapers of its kind. 

Below are the top fifteen rankings as of August 1:  

#1 Metro Weekly
DC, Maryland, Virginia

#2 Next Magazine
New York

#3 Gay City News
New York

#4 Between the Lines

#5 Gay People's Chronicle

#6 OutSmart Magazine

#7 Bay Area Reporter (B.A.R.)

#8 Seattle Gay News (SGN)

#9 Out & About Newspaper

#10 Ambush Magazine

#11 Windy City Times

#12 Go! Magazine (Lesbians)
New York City

#13 Out In the Mountains

#14 Gay and Lesbian Times (GLT)

#15 The Liberty Press

Gary Stewart retires

Gary Stewart has retired after an impressive 33 year career with the Federal Reserve Bank. Steward and partner Jim Robert are long time members of Nashville's GLBT Chamber and even participated under the group's former structure, The Nashville Association of Professional Persons (NAPP).

Stewart served as secretary/treasurer of the chamber for two terms. John Wade, Nashville GLBT Chamber President stated, "We appreciate the support both he (Gary) and Jim continue to show for the Chamber and what seems to be dozens of other important community organizations which are important to them. Our best wishes for a fulfilling and exciting retirement Gary!  Well deserved."

SunTrust checking offers GLBT Chamber funding with new accounts

Nashville's GLBT Chamber member and SunTrust Branch Manager, Mark Manasco,  offers a new checking program, with the potential of numerous $100 donations for the NGLBT Chamber. 
The program is called  "Our Checking.  Your Cause," and runs now through October 12. Nashville's GLBT Chamber is a non-profit entity eligible to be selected when a new checking account is opened at the Gallatin Road Branch in East Nashville. Visit SunTrust's East Nashville Branch to open an account.

Manasco's SunTrust Branch is located at 600 Gallatin Road, Nashville, Tenn. 37206. Full details of the program are listed here:

Chamber Member Spotlight:
Ken Calabro, President of The Appraisal Group

Ken Calabro has directed the growth of The Appraisal Group for over 16 years. The Appraisal Group provides real estate evaluations for mortgage lending, specializing in estate realty appraisals and 'divorce driven' appraisals. The group offers both electronic ordering and delivery.

Headquartered in Nashville, The Appraisal Group also operates offices that serve Las Vegas, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
About Calabro...

Prior to joining The Appraisal Group, Calabro's business interests were in hotel/restaurant management.  Calabro held management positions at Windows of the World (at NY's World Trade Center) and taught at The Culinary Institute of America.

To learn more, visit

Brentwood attorney launches independent trust company

Parrish Stanton, a Brentwood, Tennessee attorney, recently launched a new company called Arlington Noble, LLC, which provides estate planning, asset protection and independent corporate trustee services. The company’s primary focus is creating and managing trusts.

Parrish Stanton is a seventeen year veteran of the legal profession. Before starting Arlington Noble, he served as an attorney in the U.S. Marine Corps JAG.

Stanton is an active community volunteer, serving on the board of directors for Williamson County Youth, Inc. (My Friend’s House) and the Tennessee Micro-Board Association.

For more information, visit

National Margarita Day

A lot of us have really picked up an interest in tequila and it's no wonder. Its popularity is soaring in the U.S. and doesn't look like it'll be slowing down any time soon. The only contender would probably be whiskey. Meh, but they have their own day. Now, it's National Margarita Day and we put together some of the best margarita recipes around so you can pick one or maybe even all of them to try.

We have a few surprises in there too. Maybe it's not all about tequila but it certainly has a theme going on. Take a look at some of these great tequila brands and start making some amazing margaritas today!

Keep reading Show less
Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash

Gender-Inclusive Universities and Student Privacy

For many students, attending university is a profound, often life-changing, transition. It is often the student’s first time living on their own without parental supervision. This lifestyle is also accompanied by a period of self-discovery, of defining and redefining a sense of personal identity largely independent of the influence of family and friends from home.

For students who are members of the LGBTQ+ community, this rite of passage can also be a deeply empowering one. Indeed, attending university may be the student’s first real opportunity to explore their gender identity in a safe, comfortable, and accepting college.

Keep reading Show less

José Cuervo's Reserva de la Familia agave fields

Disclaimer: My trip was provided courtesy of a press trip but all opinions about the trip and events are my own. Please note there are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you make a purchase.

I had the opportunity to visit Mexico for an event José Cuervo was putting on, the unveiling of their premium tequila brand, Reserva de la Familia. The trip was all about tequila, how to drink it properly, how to pair it with food, and of course, visiting various points of interest in Guadalajara while tasting tequila along the way.

Keep reading Show less