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Bianca Del Rio: Her Memphis show, drag and life on the road

December 9, 2015 - articles

Bianca Del Rio Focus Mid-South publisher, Ray Rico and columnist Micah Winter, spoke with Bianca Del Rio about her Memphis show, drag, and life on the road. Focus: Have you ever been to Memphis? Bianca Del Rio: I don’t believe I have been to Memphis….

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LGBT Youth – MIchelle Ngo

December 9, 2015 - articles

Edited by Joan Allison | Photos by Stephanie Norwood Age 19 | Memphis, TN I currently direct the Community Service Student Employment (CSSE) Program at Rhodes College, which provides students with the opportunity to work at nonprofit organizations or schools in Memphis. Through the CSSE,…

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Bullets Over Broadway Coming to The Orpheum Theatre

December 8, 2015 - articles

Memphis, TN – On December 3rd the Orpheum Theatre announced that individual tickets for the Memphis premiere of BULLETS OVER BROADWAY, written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath (Beautiful) for the 1994 film, will go on sale Friday, December 18 at 10:00 AM. Tickets will be available for…

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Memphis GLBT-Centric Troupe, Emerald Theatre Company, Turns 19

December 3, 2015 - articles

Memphis GLBT-Centric Troupe, Emerald Theatre Company, Turns 19 Thespian Den-Nikolas Smith had always dreamed of creating a theatre company. He started small by forming Lollipop Guild Productions and indeed found success. But at some point on the yellow brick road, Smith realized that a name…

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December 1, 2015 - articles

Please remember these agencies for your end-of-year giving. Compiled and edited by Sarah Rutledge As the end of the year approaches, many of us contemplate giving to one of the many non-profit organizations doing good work in our community. Focus Magazine has gathered information on…

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Gifted Pets

November 28, 2015 - articles

by Cindy Wolff Are you thinking of giving a pet as a holiday gift? Not as smart as you think! Holiday commercial: Someone opens a box and out pops an adorable puppy or kitten. Cue the schmaltzy music and tears. Have you been the one to receive a pet as a…

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Original Memphis

November 27, 2015 - articles

by Tim Sampson photos courtesy of Memphis Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, used with permission MEMPHIS SOUND IS WORLD RENOWNED In late September, a long funeral procession stopped, unannounced, at the entrance to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music at 926 E. McLemore Avenue in a…

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PrEP – Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

November 26, 2015 - articles

Information courtesy of prepfacts.org There’s a new development in HIV prevention that puts another tool in the hands of HIV-negative people. It’s called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and we think you should know about it! Truvada® (a drug) for PrEP works by preventing HIV from making more…

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Becoming Parents – A Guide for Same Sex Couples

November 25, 2015 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin Legal changes and medical advances have given birth to new possibilities for same-sex couples. Local experts discuss some options. Insemination Most lesbian couples use tested donor sperm from an FDA-audited sperm bank.  Most clinics won’t use directed sperm donors, because anonymous donors…

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World Aids Day

November 24, 2015 - articles

1.2  million people are living with HIV in the United States. The number of new HIV diagnoses has remained relatively stable from 2008-2012, but the numbers are still too high, especially among gay and bisexual men, blacks/African Americans, and Hispanics/Latinos. For example, of the 47,989 people…

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