Nashville Pride Statement on Policing

Recently, Nashville Pride posted a "Statement on Policing" (text below) on its website. In the past, there have been rocky discussions between the Pride Board and some community members over policing and the role of police at Pride. This year's events, however, have led the organization to evaluate its position and to articulate it.

"Nashville Pride, along with many pride organizations across the country, recognize the need to stand in solidarity with our LGBTQIA+ communities of color," said Nashville Pride President Paula Foster. "We believe the time is long overdue, so the Pride board executive committee, in consultation with members of our communities of color and with the support of the Nashville Pride Board of Directors, wanted to issue a statement regarding policing and the use of police as security at our annual festival.  We know we have a tremendous amount of work to do, but we have committed to making Pride a responsive and welcoming place for everyone."

Unless Nashville Pride is allowed to go forward in the fall, the true work of articulating these principles in practice, will hold over for next year.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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