SMRA lands international rodeo convention

The International Gay Rodeo Association will hold their annual convention in Nashville next year, with its members voting to choose Nashville over other cities after a presentation by Nashville's Smoky Mountain Rodeo's board of directors.

The 2006 International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) will hold its convention at the Preston Hotel in Nashville on Oct. 19 to 22, 2006. Members from more than 26 IRGR member associations from the U.S. and Canada will attend.

"We look forward to showcasing Nashville to our fellow associations," said Bill Tedder, treasurer of SMRA. "This is an exciting opportunity for our organization. SMRA and Nashville were all the buzz at convention. Everyone is excited about coming here next year and we want to include all of the GLBT community in our plans for showing them a good time. This is a wonderful opportunity for us and Nashville and we already have big plans in mind."

Tedder, Justin Waldner, president; Keith Robinson, vice president; Mark Henry, secretary and Scott Stringer, trustee, made a presentation on Sunday to more than 170 delegates that are representing some 25 gay rodeo associations at this year's convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Tom Sheridan and Tam Keltner represented SMRA as delegates at the convention. The group made their pitch wearing "Minnie Pearl" like hats, with a PowerPoint presentation showcasing Nashville.

"Nashville is a great place, and the fact that we can show the delegates Southern hospitality as well as being the home of country music, makes it a perfect city to hold the IGRA's annual convention," Tedder added.

Tedder said this year's convention consisted of long meetings and discussions about how the year went, as well as, making plans for the future. The nights were filled with dinners, parties and pub crawls throughout Calgary.

"Justin was showcased at a bar called Pulse and performed two 45 minute sets," Tedder said. "He has become quite a singing sensation on the rodeo circuit."

For more information on SMRA, visit their Web site at

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