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Focus Awards 2016 Nominees

July 8, 2016 - articles

Join us for The Focus Awards 2016 The Focus Awards are the Mid-South’s premier awards for recognizing LGBT persons and allies who are making a significant impact on the LGBT community through their leadership, career achievements and personal qualities, and who also inspire others to…

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Robert Moody – Conductor, Memphis Symphony Orchestra

July 8, 2016 - articles

by Lauren Hannaford  | photos courtesy of MSO In early February, Robert Moody walked onto the stage at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts as a guest conductor for the last time before he would assume the role of principal conductor for the Memphis Symphony…

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Ask Allie: When Words Hurt

July 5, 2016 - articles

by Sarah Rutledge Fischer Dear Allie, My wife and I have a twenty-three year old, gay son who lives at home while attending medical school. It was a shock when he first came out, but we’ve grown and now embrace that part of his life….

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LGBT Ally – Tami Sawyer

July 1, 2016 - articles

Tennessee State Legislature District 90 candidate vows to leverage national media, fight state’s shameful policies by Focus Staff  |  photos courtesy of Tami Sawyer   John Oliver, host of the TV show “Last Week Tonight,” commented in August 2015 on state laws that prohibit same-sex…

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Political Asylum

June 28, 2016 - articles

by Sarah Rutledge Fischer Para la traducción española , desplazarse hacia abajo.   When a group of policemen stopped his bus, they identified him as an LGBT activist and pulled him off the bus. The officers transported him to a remote location and assaulted him….

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Welcome to MAGY

June 27, 2016 - articles

MEMPHIS AREA GAY YOUTH by Mark Benton with Emerson Kirkpatrick and Jamilyn Cole photos by Joan Allison In Memphis, there exists a safe space for LGBTQ youth. It’s called MAGY, for short. Memphis Area Gay Youth, for long. Mark Benton, Focus Mid-South contributor, recently checked…

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June 26, 2016 - articles

UNEQUAL TREATMENT UNDER THE NEW LAW by Rachel Warren Many Tennessee counselors never asked for House Bill 1840, a bill, now law, that threatens the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community. The ‘therapy bill’ was brought forth by the Family Action Counsel of Tennessee (FACT)….

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June 25, 2016 - articles

PART 2: A COUNSELOR’S PERSPECTIVE by Kent Fisher LPC, MHSP, CSAT-S, LADAC-S, CSTP-S, Co-founder of Experiential Healing Center It is imperative that clinicians in these circumstances follow the counseling guidelines which outline the course of the relationship between client and therapist. The potential for tragic outcomes is…

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June 24, 2016 - articles

PART I: TENNESSEE’S NEWEST CRUELTY FOR LGBT by Sarah Rutledge Fischer   On April 27, 2016 Governor Bill Haslam signed Tennessee House Bill 1840 making it legal for licensed counselors to refuse treatment to LGBT people suffering with mental health issues. The latest in a…

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What’s Fair In Healthcare?

June 21, 2016 - articles

by Antony Sheehan, MPhil, DHSN, RN | President, Church Health Center Photo courtesy of Church Health Center   What’s fair in healthcare? Is it fair that anyone should lack healthcare? Is it fair that the best healthcare goes to people who can afford it? Is it fair…

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