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CHOICES: Capital Campaign

April 20, 2018 - articles

story by Melinda Lejman   Many women of color are not afforded protections in the U.S. healthcare system. CHOICES Memphis Center for Reproductive Health intends to create seamless access to high quality healthcare for expectant mothers when it opens a new birthing center. CHOICES’ focus…

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Not Just Another Dear John Letter

February 11, 2018 - articles

by Sarah Rutledge Fischer   These are not the coming out stories of adolescence and youth, full of parental disapproval and schoolyard bullying. These are stories of grown women confronting their sexuality in the midst of careers, heterosexual marriages, and families. In 2010, a book…

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Like Father, Like Son

November 17, 2017 - articles

story by Anita Moyt   Tom Campbell photo by Tom Dearen Imagine a father so proud of his son and daughter, he beams. Imagine a grandfather, with pride in his voice, as he tells of his nine grandchildren, the ones who gave him a Tshirt…

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The Weavers: Successful Humans

November 13, 2017 - articles

story & photo by Robin Beaudoin   The Weaver family sits down for breakfast at Edge Alley. Mom, Terri, and dad, Harold, tease their millennial daughter Jessica, who gazes over her avocado toast, “I just really love avocados.” The theatrical, spirited clan is so at…

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Terryl Bucker, the Father of the Memphis Black Pride Community

September 18, 2017 - articles

By Anita Moyt, with contributions by Joy Doss | photos courtesy of Tristate Black Pride and Terryl Buckner   Terryl Buckner was honored by Tristate Black Pride on June 15, 2017 at the National Civil Rights Museum during the opening ceremonies of Tristate Black Pride…

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Here Come The Brides: Amanda DeVlugt and Suzie Szanyi

September 11, 2017 - articles

story by Amanda DeVlugt with her soon-to-be wife, Suzanne Szanyi | portrait photo by Lisa Cline Photography, snapshots courtesy of Amanda DeVlugt   It’s any normal day in August in Memphis: 100% humidity, weather reports a heat index of 101 degrees, oh, and the first-ever…

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ExGay ‘Therapy’ Client Thrives, Identity Intact

August 11, 2017 - articles

by Garrard Conley     Garrard Conley, the young man in the ExGay program lead by John Smid (see previous article), has written about the pain of his experience in his book, Boy Erased. Deadline.com reports that multiple distributors are bidding for Boy Erased (screenplay…

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ExGay ‘Therapy’ Program Leader Regrets Actions

August 9, 2017 - articles

blog entry reprinted with permission from author John Smid first published May 23, 2017 | gracerivers.com   Serendipity: Unexpected surprise in finding one’s own Truth   Thirteen years ago a young 19-year-old man came into a program I was leading called “Love In Action.” He…

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Not Married? Your Last Wishes–And Life Partner–Can Be Ignored By Your Kin

August 7, 2017 - articles

by Sarah Rutledge Fisher    Even the best made funeral plans are vulnerable. When it comes to unmarried couples, straight or LGBT, what happens to one’s remains after death is generally determined not by long-term partners, but by the next-of-kin. Though the wishes of the…

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Heart Strings: How a 1989 Musical United Memphis & Raised Critical Funds for HIV/AIDS

June 2, 2017 - articles

by Vincent Astor | photos courtesy OUTMemphis, and David Sheppard ©2017 DIFFA   According to a Chicago Tribune article from September 7, 1989, Heart Strings was ‘an upbeat musical production that brought its songs and dances of hope in the fight against AIDS’ to 30…

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