What does your tag say?

Stud. Femme. Bottom. Top. Transgendered. Bisexual. Queer. Gay. Lesbian. Confused. Questioning. Nasty. Abomination. These are just a few of the labels used in or to describe the LGBTQ community. When put like that it, it sounds crazy right? Yet we, as a community, continue to judge others in our community based on who they sleep with.

All too often, not only in social media but in our day to day lives, there are derogatory comments about how a member of the queer community is living their life. Sometimes it’s a matter of not truly understanding some else’s choices. More often, it’s based on some idea that our way is the only way. Perfect example; a masculine identified woman label’s herself as bisexual. One might think it’s no big deal, but apparently to some, it’s a very big deal. In a recent discussion on Facebook, out of more than one hundred comments, the overwhelming response was one of disgust. But why?

Our community is one of the most marginalized in existence. Not only is it deemed ok by society to discriminate against us, there is currently a bill being considered in our state legislature that in essence encourages business owners to discriminate against members of our community. Though progress is being made, it is still illegal for two consenting adults of the same sex to be married in 33 states. Knowing what we are up against from outside forces, why would we continue to judge one another? Knowing that we are literally fighting for our lives and our rights, why would we fight one another? How can ever expect anyone else to accept us, if we can’t accept one another?

I wonder what ever happened to the idea of live and let live. I often question why it matters what I do behind closed doors as long as all parties involved are consenting adults? It’s the same question I ask of those opposed to same sex marriage. How does my definition of my homosexuality define your definition of whatever you decide to label yourself? I’ve always been of the opinion that labels are great for clothing and food, not so much for people. I get that labels are helpful with categorizing items and making things fit into predefined boxes, but I’m not a thing and I have yet to find a big enough box that can encompass the many facets of me. The only label I will accept is human. What does your label say?

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.

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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.

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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.

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