While lacking the vibrancy of many larger U.S. cities, both Nashville and Memphis have much to offer gay travelers. Church Street near downtown is the most well known gay district in Nashville. To find out more about the Nashville gay and lesbian community, contact OutLoud! Book Store, 1703 Church St. (tel. 615/340-0034; www.outloudonline.com). Nashville also has several gay and lesbian newspapers, including the entertainment weekly Xenogeny (tel. 615/831-1806).

In Memphis, volunteers staff the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 892 S. Cooper (tel. 901/278-4297) nightly. The Cooper-Young neighborhood is widely regarded as the most gay-friendly area of town. For more information, look for the Memphis Triangle Journal, a free weekly newspaper that's available at local bookstores, libraries, and other locations.

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