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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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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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Giving

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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