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Outbid 2017: An Evening of Pure Imagination + Serious Fundraising

June 16, 2017 - articles

Story & photos by Chellie Bowman   Last Saturday night dozens of members from the community arrived at the Clark Opera House for OutMemphis’ annual fundraiser “Outbid 6”, including several of us from Focus. The theme this year was a Willy Wonka inspired design with…

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Honoring Them with Action, Pulse Vigil One Year Later

June 12, 2017 - articles

OutMemphis is planning a community vigil to honor the 49 lives taken from us last year in Orlando. The flag at the center was lowered to half-staff today and will be raised at the vigil. The vigil is set for next Monday, June 19th, at 8pm…

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PutinIsADrag March Inspires Local Community

June 1, 2017 - articles

Story & photos by Chellie Bowman  Saturday, May 27, community members gathered together in downtown Memphis in response to the anti-gay purge currently happening in Chechnya. Leaders from around the world have urged Vladimir Putin to step in and put a stop to the arrest…

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Protecting All the Colors of the Rainbow: Matthew Hollon & Keshet

May 29, 2017 - articles

story and photo by Melinda Lejman   In the last issue of Focus, we learned about Temple Israel synagogue becoming a certified safe space for LGBTQ Jews through the organization Keshet (meaning ‘rainbow’ in Hebrew). Now, meet the conversion student who spearheaded the project as…

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A great night in Memphis for women in music: first annual grrl fest + seeing red

May 24, 2017 - articles

Story and photos by Chellie Bowman    This past Saturday in Memphis was stacked with great performances by talented women. The first annual Grrl Fest kicked off just after dark at the Hi-Tone. The festival included a stellar line-up of local acts (and a few out-of-towners),…

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Latino Memphis Festival brings an authentic cultural experience to Shelby County

May 15, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

This past Saturday Latino Memphis drew crowds of folks to their annual festival at Overton Park. This year they collaborated with Memphis in May to celebrate and feature Colombian culture. Hundreds gathered around the main stage throughout the day to watch some amazing performances–from the Colombian Folkloric…

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Tiny Homes and Big Dreams

May 12, 2017 - articles

Story & photo by Robin Beaudoin   Standing in front of a charming red-shuttered 832-square-foot new home, flanked by azaleas, is Reverend Dwayne Jones, preacher, architect, and general contractor, fresh from leading a mission trip to Haiti. He is gentle and stalwart with his arms…

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Sunday Pride Cookout at Dru’s Place a Lively Success

May 10, 2017 - articles

There was a great turn out for the Mid-South Pride Cookout at Dru’s Place last Sunday afternoon with a good crowd of folks out enjoying the new patio and the amazing weather! Volunteers were grilling up hamburgers and hotdogs, and passing out stout Jell-O shots–the…

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ask allie: when someone tells you i’m HIV positive

May 8, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

by Sarah Rutledge Fischer  Dear Allie, My son recently moved back to town, and it’s wonderful to have him near. An added bonus is that I get to see some of his old friends from home again. They are all great kids, and it’s a…

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ACLU-TN Statement on Passage of “LGBT Erasure” Legislation

May 5, 2017 - articles

  May 5, 2017 CONTACT: Lindsay Kee, communications@aclu-tn.org, 615-320-7142   NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam has signed SB 1085/HB 1111, a measure widely dubbed the “LGBT Erasure” bill, into law. SB 1085/HB 1111 requires that any undefined words in Tennessee law “be given their natural…

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