Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition to hold Congressional lobby training July 12

On Saturday July 12 the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) will host a Congressional lobbying training session at the West Nashville Police Precinct. Located in the community room at 5500 Charlotte Pike, the training session will run from 3pm – 5pm.

According to Secretary Marisa Richmond, lobbying appointments are well underway. “Besides those who are going to DC,” she said, “we aIready have a meeting scheduled for the Nashville office of Jim Cooper the week of July 14.  Other in-district meetings are also planned for late July and August with Tennessee House members.”

“The Nashville lobby training is being coordinated with P-FLAG Nashville to complement the upcoming National Transgender Congressional Lobby Days,” she said, noting the lobby days run from July 13-15. “We will talk about federal legislation only, with ENDA being the prime focus. We are also working to set up additional lobby trainings around the state.”

With ENDA in the news so much this past week, the question presented itself: does the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition plan to adjust course at all?

“No,” said Richmond. “Our focus remains the same. Since ENDA was introduced in 1994, prompting the very first transgender lobby day, trans people and allies have always been focused on explaining the importance of trans inclusion. We have faced determined opposition from many circles over the years, and the ugly, transphobic tactics employed recently in Maryland and Houston serve as a reminder that there is still much resistance to trans inclusion.”

Regarding ENDA specifically, she added, “We do not support the religious exemption, which has been the subject of much discussion over the past few days, and we disagree with the Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, which has brought such scrutiny to the ENDA religious exemption, but our focus in the 2014 Lobby Day was always about trans inclusion, and it will remain that way.”

See also: The Advocate "Why some activists are still pushing for ENDA"





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