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To Jason, you are the love of my life and my soul mate! I am so thankful for each and every day I have with you. I love you “always and forever” with all “my heart and soul.” Love, your sweetie. Mikey
Brett and Mike are from Maryville (originally Northern Indiana) and have been together for 17 years. We met at work and started dating. Now we have our own business (Caribbean Tan), a cat (Princess) and a dog (Rosie). We look forward to many more happy and loving years together.
To Daniel, neither of us have “the” love of our lives; our friendship is based on a love stronger than that of any couple. I love you; you love me – for the rest of our lives. Michael
Angie, I’m so thankful that we became close six years ago. I’m hoping and praying for 60 more! ILU! Tracey
To Boo, I love you with all of my heart. You’re the best thing that has happened to me. Love You! Your Punkin’ Head
We are Don Wolfe and Howard Watts. We live in Memphis and have been together for four years. We meet at a local bar here called “The Pumping Station.” Never thought you could meet your life mate at the bar but we did. Don is in Real Estate and Howard is an office manager. We have both been married and have two children each. We look forward to the day we can become legally married in Tennessee.
Steve, I remember when we met four days ago at the club. That first night I new I was I love. You have been staying with me for three days and now your moving in. I can’t wait for our union ceremony. True love forever, Mark
Dear Jeff, you have brought passion and love back into my life. I love you dearly and I will be forever yours. Love, Robert.
I am a TG female who was recently divorced, partly because of my wanting to transition from male to female. I was scared I would never find a girl who would want to be with someone like me. On July 22, 2005, I met Krista for the first time on Match.com. We had our first date at Play and we’ve been inseparable ever since. The attached photo was taken at Red the night I asked Krista to marry me. Pastor Cynthia Andrews-Looper at Holy Trinity Community Church married us. Our daughter Macy was born this past April. I love my wife very much and could not imagine a life without her.
To my boobear, Nashville will always be one of the greatest places in the world because that’s where I found you. With love from your pumpkin.
Dear JBS Mon Amour, Je t'aimerai à jamais. You are very dear to me and you are in my heart and my thoughts all the time. Robert
To my wonderful wife Krista, you are everything I could every wish for. I love you more than you could ever possibly know. Your loving wife Shayna.
We married our Valentine in Canada in 2004. We've been together 15 for years in Michigan and are moving to Tennessee.
We (Jack and Sam) met on a blind date and have been together for seven years. We compliment each other. I can't imagine a day without him in my life. We do have our moments, but we always work it out in the end. He is my best friend and the love of my life.
To Brian, thank you for being the best husband, lover, best friend, confidante, supporter, partner one could ever hope for. I Love you forever! Christopher
Jerry (left) and Travis (right) met on Gay.com in late April 2006 and went on their first date in early May 2006. They live together in Inglewood with their wonderful French Bulldog Vito. Travis works at Dizzy’s Dog Wash and Jerry works at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
Duke, you make my heart smile! You're the love of my life, and I'm so lucky to call you my husband! I WIN! LOL Yours forever, Kenny.
Carita, my beautiful wife, I can't tell you enough in three words, so I need the rest of our lives to show you! I live for you. Your wife, Leilani.
Jim Robert and Gary Stewart met for the first time nine years ago when Gary attended his first Magnet meeting. Jim has been the facilitator for Magnet (Married and Gay Network) for over 11 years, and the group will celebrate its 20th anniversary in October 2008. Gary was married 28 years and thought he was the only married gay man in Nashville. How wrong he was! Jim was married for 30 years and found help through Magnet meetings as he went through the coming out process. When the group's facilitator moved away, Jim took on the job and has been helping men who are gay, bisexual, or just confused about their sexuality ever since. Jim has three grown children and three grandchildren, all of whom have fully accepted Gary into their lives. The only children Gary had were the 4-legged kind (dogs)! Gary retired in July after a long career with the Federal Reserve Bank and has been learning to be a "house husband" while Jim ropes him into volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee where Jim is an Event Coordinator.
Our names are Brian and Christopher, and we are professional ballet dancers with Nashville Ballet. We met in August of 2001 when Christopher was invited by the ballet to come and perform in Nashville from the Philippines. We are celebrating our seven-year anniversary in October of 2008. We live in Nashville with our two dogs, Daphnie and Mason.
Joan, happy twenty Valentines to my heart and passion. I love you better, Nancy.
Gary White and Eric Harris met on a dance floor over twelve years ago with the shy (and bit awkward) phrase, “cool shoes.” They now live in their home in west Nashville where their shoes are not quite as cool as they used to be but are certainly more comfortable.
To my Scooby, you make every day my best day, and I'm so glad you're in my life. Love you, Shaggy.
To Tye, you are truly the love of my life; I can’t imagine life without you; love you bunches, Terry.
To Hot Pants, I can’t possibly imagine a life without you. The past eight years have been the happiest of my life. Thank you for being patient, understanding, supportive, and for keeping me constantly laughing. I love you more than I ever knew was possible, Special.
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.