A big weekend is coming up at Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church (ORUUC,) as they wrap-up their pre-election efforts to support marriage equality.

This Sunday, October 15, they will have two services, at 9:15 and  11:00 am, with a special program in between. Instead of having the usual coffee hour, there will be a ceremony to finish wrapping the Church in white and purple ribbon to signify their stand for marriage equality.

Participants will gather in the sanctuary at 10:15, sing, and hear an inspirational message, providing an opportunity to make a public stand for equality. Local media are invited to the event.

Most of the ribbon wrapping will be done on Saturday. If you would like to help start the ribbon wrapping on Saturday, join the group for lunch at 1:15 PM, when the wrapping will begin.

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This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

When I was 14 years old, I surreptitiously made my way through the stacks in the local library until I came to the Psychology section. One after one, I took down the books whose titles I thought would provide an answer, went to the table of contents and, if there were any, I flipped to the pictures.

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Many of us have made resolutions and pledged ourselves to transforming some aspect, or aspects, of our lives. For some, these resolutions will involve career, budget, home ownership, etc., but for a LOT of us, they will involve various health, exercise and fitness goals.

Often, these resolutions are vague, like “lose weight” or “exercise more”, and way too often they begin with a gym contract and end with Netflix and a bag of takeout. Getting specific can help in holding yourself accountable for these commitments, though. So we thought it might be interesting to talk with a local gay trainer, James Mai, about his fitness journey, his work as a trainer and how he keeps himself motivated, and get some of his suggestions for carrying through on this year’s fitness resolutions!

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