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We’re Happy to Announce the Second Annual Focus Awards!

April 28, 2017 - articles

  Ray Rico Freelance announces the 2017 Focus Mid-South Magazine Awards call for nominations   Honor the great work being done in the Mid-South LGBTQ community by nominating your favorite youth LGBTQ, adult LGBTQ, or LGBTQ ally in the 2017 Focus Mid-South Awards competition. Ray…

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A Day Without Immigrants May 1st Rally: Aztec Dancers, Muslim Prayer & Spoken Word Performance

April 27, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

LATINO MEMPHIS INVITES THE 901 COMMUNITY TO MARCH TOGETHER AND SUPPORT LOCAL IMMIGRANTS Memphis, TN – On Monday, May 1st Memphians from all walks of life and backgrounds will gather at Clayborn Temple at 5 p.m. dressed in red, white and blue where they will…

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Sunday Singalong Vol 2 a Stellar Sequel

April 25, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

Folks gathered together again on Sunday, August 23rd at the Zebra Lounge to raise money for Friends for Life. The same energy and enthusiasm was present during Volume 2 as host Julia Le Boom and pianist Brennan Villines led the crowd in raucous song, giveaways, and…

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Original Memphis: The Peabody Hotel Ducks and Duckmaster

April 21, 2017 - articles

by Jimmy Ogle, Duckmaster  |  photos courtesy of Trey Clark    Shortly after the Civil War ended, the story of The Peabody Hotel begins. Opening in 1869, the original name given was to be Brinkley House in honor of the founder, Col. Robert Brinkley. However, Col….

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Condomonium 2017 was a hit!

April 19, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

Story and photos by Chellie Bowman   Playhouse on the Square was jam-packed last Saturday night with folks out celebrating Condomonium 2017. This outrageous party–featuring burlesque, drag, fashion shows, and comedy–is an annual fundraiser for Choices, a local non-profit organization that provides necessary (and non-judgmental) reproductive…

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Love Wins Again – Pet Focus

April 17, 2017 - articles

by Melinda Lejman photos courtesy of Ava’s new mommies, Jenny and Beth What do two rainy days, an abandoned pup, and a couple from Massachusetts have in common? They are all part of a very happy ending thanks to a network of dedicated people and…

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Phillip Ashley – Cooper Young’s Sweetest Neighbor

April 14, 2017 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin As a premium chocolatier, Phillip Ashley Rix has embraced the opportunity to lift up and endorse fellow local businesses with partnerships in philanthropy and flavor. “If I have to pick one thing that successful businesses have, it’s the relationships and the network…

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Miss Gay Tennessee America Comes to Memphis in June

April 13, 2017 - articles

Save the Date! Miss Gay Tennessee America comes to the Evergreen Theater in Memphis on June 3rd. See below for more details 🙂  

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Sunday’s Showtunes Singalong a Great Success

April 11, 2017 - articles

A big crowd of enthusiastic supporters turned out for the Friends for Life benefit Showtunes Singalong this past Sunday at Zebra Lounge. The delightfully debauched emcee Julia Le Boom and gifted pianist Brennan Villines led a spirited afternoon of songs and swag giveaway. The attendees…

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How To Protect Water And Make Happiness Flow

April 10, 2017 - articles

Tips courtesy of Aveda.com SAVE TIME. SAVE WATER. Cut just 3 minutes from your usual shower time, and you’ll save an average of 6 gallons (22.7 liters) of water.· If you shower daily, you could save 2,190 gallons (8,290 liters) of water a year! FILL…

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