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Dylan Sandifer – LGBT Trailblazer

January 22, 2016 - articles

by Heather Bryan Pike | photo by Sophorn Kuoy   “As a larger gay community, we’ve norm-washed ourselves into trying to be palatable to mainstream culture, and I feel like that’s counter to the entire intention of queer culture.”  With that, J. Dylan Sandifer jumps right…

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Transfocus – LaSaia Wade

January 22, 2016 - articles

Special to Focus Mid-South | photos by Armani Dae Photography Wade, a 28-year-old transgender woman from Nashville, is executive director of the Tennessee Transgender Justice Project. Wade formed the group to raise awareness and support for the Nashville (and beyond) transgender community. TNTJ is an organization…

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Beth Trouy – Out and Proud Catholic

January 21, 2016 - articles

by Mark Benton | photo by Joan Allison On the first Tuesday of every month, you will find Beth Trouy along with Rev. Val Handwerker, welcoming as many as 95 people to the ‘Catholic Ministry with Gay & Lesbian Persons’ (CMGLP) potluck social at Immaculate Conception…

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Crossing the Racial Divide – On Sunday Mornings

January 21, 2016 - articles

Even in 2016, most of the estimated 7,000 congregations in Memphis are either predominantly white or predominantly black. Rev. Sonia Walker, who is black and the Associate Pastor at First Congregational Church, says, “While black churches have never closed their doors to white worshipers, many white…

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ask allie – avoiding pronoun pitfalls

January 20, 2016 - articles

Dear Allie, I’m about to begin work at a spa with a number of transgender clients. I am a longtime ally, but I don’t have much experience with transgender people. I’ll be in the position of talking about clients in their presence—This is Mr./Ms. Smith. He/she is here…

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TEP Gumbo Contest

January 20, 2016 - articles

Tennessee Equality Project’s sixth annual Mardi Gras celebration and Gumbo Contest will feature competitive tasting of gumbo from 16 teams, Tennessee craft beer, New Orleans jazz from the Hot Memphis 4, awards for best gumbo and local Champions of Equality at the Bridges Center in…

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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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