Schmidt elected co-chair of Victory Fund's Campaign Board

Nashville's Jim Schmidt has been elected to help lead a part of the country's largest GLBT political action committee, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

Schmidt was elected to a two-year term as co-chair of the Victory Fund's Campaign Board (VCB) last month and will help lead the 100-member board responsible for recruiting, endorsing and raising money for GLBT candidates running for office.

"It’s a great opportunity to make a huge difference in politics across the country," Schmidt said.

Schmidt, a senior public policy advisor at Baker Donelson, has been on the VCB for two years and served as Southern Caucus Communications chair before being elected to the new position. He will also serve as a member of the Victory Fund's Board of Directors throughout his upcoming term. Also on the VCB are Nashville's Jeff Rymer, Dena Scearce and David Taylor.

Schmidt was elected by the membership of the VCB in a competitive election against another longtime VCB member from St. Louis, he said.

"It was very much like a real election, because I had to reach out to the 100 members of the VCB by phone, email, Facebook, etc. and ask for their votes," he said.

As part of the process, Schmidt developed a plan for leading the board during the next two years and detailed steps to increasing the visibility and knowledge of what Victory Fund does in places such as the Midwest and South.
This election cycle, the Victory Fund will endorse approximately 75 candidates for office, and depending upon the outcome of the remaining few run-off races, will help win more than 50 political seats.

Locally, the Victory Fund has endorsed past candidates including Keith Durbin who won the race for Metro Council District 18 in August 2007 becoming Tennessee's first openly-gay elected official. The VF also endorsed Shane Burkett for Metro Council District 12 that year and later endorsed David Glasgow to fill the seat vacated by Durbin in January 2008. Neither Burkett nor Glasgow won their bids but both came respectably close.

Schmidt said he is excited to continue to serve on the VCB and advance GLBT equality.

"Real change will come by putting a diverse community at the table of politics," Schmidt said. "We need to elect more members of the LGBT community to have all points of view represented. Getting people elected will help change the political landscape."

WhistlePig + Alfa Romeo F1

SHOREHAM, VT (September 13, 2023) — WhistlePig Whiskey, the leaders in independent craft whiskey, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake are waving the checkered flag on a legend-worthy release that’s taking whiskey to G-Force levels. The Limited Edition PiggyBack Legends Series: Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is a high Rye Whiskey selected by the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake drivers, with barrels trialed in their wind tunnel to ensure a thrilling taste in every sip.

The third iteration in WhistlePig’s Single Barrel PiggyBack Legends Series, the Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake Barrel is bottled at 96.77 proof, a nod to Valtteri Bottas’ racing number, 77, and the precision of racing. Inspired by Zhou Guanyu, the first Chinese F1 driver, this Rye Whiskey is finished with lychee and oolong tea. Herbal and floral notes of the oolong tea complement the herbaceous notes of WhistlePig’s signature PiggyBack 100% Rye, rounded out with a juicy tropical fruit finish and a touch of spice.

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