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An Evening on Mount Olympus

January 20, 2016 - articles

Mardi Gras 2016 with the Mystic Krewe of Pegasus by Robin Beaudoin Kings and queens, gods and goddesses, it’s time to rip the sheets off the bed and don your finest toga, gown, or tux, all in the name of charity and bacchanalia. On January…

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Shedding Light on Seasonal Affective Disorder

January 19, 2016 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin You may notice, when “falling back” for the fall equinox time change that you’re ready to eat dinner or go to bed earlier. You may want to snuggle up at home more than go out and socialize. Sunlight has a direct effect on…

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Ask Allie – Avoiding Pronoun Pitfalls- EXTRAS

January 19, 2016 - articles

Check out GLAAD’s Tips for Allies of Transgender People at glaad.org/transgender/allies To submit your own question about being a good ally, email Allie at editor@focusmidsouth.com

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Love Changes Everything: Kallen Esperian in concert

January 14, 2016 - articles

Opera Memphis is thrilled to welcome back the Bluff City’s own legendary soprano, Kallen Esperian, for an evening of operas greatest hits! Featuring the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and a number of special guests from Memphis and Beyond, this evening promises to be one for the…

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Outflix Film Festival Events Kick Off!

January 14, 2016 - articles

2016 Outflix Film Festival Events Planned Checkout the Outflix Film Festival website or follow them on Facebook for more details. Kickoff Party Saturday, January 23 – 8pm The Pumping Station Join us for the 2016 Outflix Film Festival Kickoff Party starting at 8pm to celebrate a…

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HRC: Memphis’ 2015 Municipal Equality Index Scorecard

December 22, 2015 - articles

HRC’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI) demonstrates the ways that many cities can—and do—support the LGBT people who live and work there, even where states and the federal government have failed to do so. For a complete list, visit hrc.org or click here.

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Ending LGBT Youth Homelessness in Memphis: MGLCC Announces Homeless Youth Village

December 18, 2015 - articles

“One. That’s how many times you have to look into the eyes of an 18 year old homeless LGBTQ teen and tell them you have nowhere safe for them to sleep that night before you decide something needs to change.” says Youth Services Manager, Stephanie…

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Why trans youth need more visibility

December 12, 2015 - articles

Trans people are garnering more acceptance, but still have many battles yet to win. Some trans youth are often faced with ridicule and nonacceptance in school just because they are different. Later they may face challenges like work discrimination based on their identity. Their safety…

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the benefits of giving

December 11, 2015 - articles

by Elaine Blanchard Giving is about the one who gives. Giving connects us to something other than ourselves. It is a healthy experience, unrelated to the amount that is given. Even the most generous people among us must grow weary of all the opportunities, requests…

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LGBT Youth Trans Focus – Emmerson Kirkpatrick

December 10, 2015 - articles

Edited by Joan Allison | Photos by Stephanie Norwood Age 19 | Memphis, TN Every time you speak, you are auditioning for leadership – James Humes My mother always told me that I can be anything I want to be. I had to remind myself…

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