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Michael Hansen: Alabama’s first openly gay candidate is challenging the status quo

October 9, 2017 - articles

story by Chellie Bowman | photo courtesy of Michael Hansen   “Openly gay environmentalist running for Jeff Session’s old seat.” Bold categories, high emotions, incendiary blurbs. That Michael Hansen, born and raised in Memphis, is now the first openly gay person running for statewide office…

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Focus Awards 2017 Was a Great Night in the Community

August 29, 2017 - articles

by Chellie Bowman   Focus Awards 2017 was a magical night of activism and recognition in our community. On Thursday, August 24th hundreds of enthusiastic guests showed up at the Clark Opera Center in Memphis to celebrate leaders in the LGBTQ Mid-South. After lots of…

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Unique Eyewear Salon FocalPoint Now Open at Crosstown Concourse

July 31, 2017 - articles

story & photos by Chellie Bowman   FocalPoint’s Grand Opening was Thursday night at Crosstown Concourse. Dozens of people packed into the unique eyewear salon to check out Memphis’ first optical boutique! The party was decadently catered, with delicious food from Cafe Society and Blink,…

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Black Pride a Shining Example of What Pride Can Be

June 20, 2017 - articles

story & photos by Chellie Bowman   I personally admit that I haven’t been to Memphis pride in a few years. As I get older and the earth gets hotter, I’ve found myself making more and more excuses to forego its warm weather festivities. Additionally,…

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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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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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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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Sunday Singalong Vol 2 a Stellar Sequel

April 25, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

Folks gathered together again on Sunday, August 23rd at the Zebra Lounge to raise money for Friends for Life. The same energy and enthusiasm was present during Volume 2 as host Julia Le Boom and pianist Brennan Villines led the crowd in raucous song, giveaways, and…

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Condomonium 2017 was a hit!

April 19, 2017 - articles, Uncategorized

Story and photos by Chellie Bowman   Playhouse on the Square was jam-packed last Saturday night with folks out celebrating Condomonium 2017. This outrageous party–featuring burlesque, drag, fashion shows, and comedy–is an annual fundraiser for Choices, a local non-profit organization that provides necessary (and non-judgmental) reproductive…

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