Tennessee General Assembly Returns for 2020 Legislative Session

If you have watched Ride Upon the Storm/Herrens Veje, the Danish series on Netflix, you are drawn into a story in which you wonder, “How much worse can life get for these characters?” Despite temporary reprieves, there is a growing, weighty sense that things can get much worse.


We face a similar story every time the Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes. In 2020, some of the 2019 bills will return and new discriminatory bills will be filed. You might call it the Slate of Hate PLUS. We have a bit of reprieve in that the new Speaker of the Tennessee House is not as focused on discriminatory legislation as former Speaker Casada was. That’s significant, but it will not be enough to guarantee that we prevail. We will have to do the work.

Fortunately, we are off to a good start. We have spent the year organizing in more places around the state, so that we can have a greater impact during the legislative session. State legislators from Nashville and much of Memphis already vote against discriminatory legislation. Our opportunity is to form better relationships with legislators in other parts of Tennessee. So I am grateful to the advocates in Northwest Tennessee, Dickson County, the Morristown area, Rutherford County, and many other places who are organizing and speaking out.

The whole statewide community of LGBTQ people and allies needs to own the battle. Our long-term hopes for advancing good bills and making bad legislation a thing of past depend on taking the map of Tennessee seriously. We will have to show legislators that equality advocates live in their districts.

So once again we will hold three Advancing Equality Days on the Hill—February 4, March 3, and April 7. We are recruiting district captains from around the state to take the lead in changing hearts and minds at these events. If you are in Nashville, you can prepare for these days on the Hill and the whole legislative session, by attending Advocacy 101 on January 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the Green Hills Library. Nashvillians, in particular, can also help by staying alert and attending key committee votes, wearing red for visibility.

Allies play a critical role in speaking out. We know that clergy and business voices matter in Tennessee. The LGBTQ community always determines which bills are important to us and which bills we will fight. We will call on allies to join us again in fighting the entire Slate of Hate.

What is thrown at us can always get worse, but I think our community is getting better at fighting back. And I think more allies are answering the call to support us. Taylor Swift, Mike Curb, and many others made strong statements against discriminatory legislation in 2019. When our community fights back and sends a clear message, I am confident the help will come.


CLICK HERE for more TEP-related coverage!

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