Park your car, not your pride

I am a big believer in change. It brings about spirited conversation, excites adventurous souls and sometimes causes a lot of whining. When it comes to change in location for the June 20 Pride festival, I’ve already heard the beginnings of whining that will no doubt turn into a full blown tantrum in a few weeks.  Even still, I find change to be necessary, so let me help you get your facts together.

The Pride festival's move to the River Front will bring about several postive changes to make up for the fact that parking will no longer be provided free of charge. Thanks to the new location, all of downtown Nashville and many lucky tourists will see our gay pride this year. The enclosed space means that we can walk around the entire festival space and drink our beer instead of standing under a hot tent like a bunch of clams in a steamer. And this year, thanks to the lack of a large available free lot, we are very lucky to have the chance to discover new places to park our gayed-up cars.

So let's chat about the available parking options, shall we?

If you choose to use one Nashville's many parking garages, your car will stay nice and cool in the June heat. Sure the stairwells between your parking space and the street may smell like pee, but it will just add to that authentic downtown experience of the new Nashville Pride.

If you are appalled at the possibility of getting a stinky whiff on what is arguably the best day of the year, there are many parking lots that dont require a trip down a flight of enclosed stairs, so don't be deterred!

And if you just can’t bring yourself to part with a single Abraham Lincoln to pay to park, then show up early at a meter in your rainbow bumper-stickered Subaru and snag a spot at one of the free meters around downtown.  All meters will be free on a Saturday. 

Pick your spot, drop a blanket down and enjoy the day's festivities. Afterall, if nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies. Embrace it.

For more information visit

Keep readingShow less
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.

Keep readingShow less

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.

Keep readingShow less
Photo by Pexels

Abortion Rights

Sponsored by Planned Parenthood

Abortion is not just a women's issue. Reproductive rights, including abortion, affects everyone, including queer people. Our involvement in the fight for abortion rights is both crucial and interconnected to the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Here are five reasons why LGBTQ+ communities are involved in abortion rights.

Keep readingShow less