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Rural Mississippi Gets Its Own LGBT Bookstore!

January 11, 2018 - articles

by Melinda Lejman | photo above by Jamie Harker   In this day and age, taking a chance on a brick and mortar bookstore is an intimidating proposition. Competition with e-books and audio books might turn a would-be entrepreneur away from investing in a local…

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Lucy J’s Bakery: At the Intersection of Delicious and Living Wage

November 30, 2017 - articles

by Melinda Lejman | photos courtesy of Tracy and Josh Burgess   Baked goods are a triumph all their own, and a delicious one at that. As a challenged baker, I view those with the ability to combine flour, eggs, sugar and a few other…

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Original Memphis: Wolf River + Wolf River Conservancy

October 24, 2017 - articles

story by Melinda Lejman | photos courtesy of Wolf River Conservancy, wolfriver.org   September is a unanimously anticipated time of year for Mid-Southerners. As temperatures fall, families return to a more predictable pace, patios once again take center stage as the optimal gathering place for…

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LGBT YOUTH: Big Ideas Come in Young Packages! George Boyington Talks Life and Healthcare

October 13, 2017 - articles

by Melinda Lejman | photos by Joan Allison   George Boyington doesn’t look sick. Recently elected as parliamentarian to the Shelby County Young Democrats, and a Focus Trailblazer Award nominee, Boyington appears fresh and alert in a summer suit and browline eyeglasses. However, recent threats…

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Burgerfest to Benefit Memphis Paws

September 15, 2017 - articles

story by Melinda Lejman | photos courtesy of Best Burger Fest   One thing Memphis does exceptionally well is food.With over two dozen Memphis restaurants featured on the Food Network’s website, and an annual barbeque championship bringing in over 100 teams from all over the…

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OUTMemphis’ Transgender Services

August 18, 2017 - articles

by Melinda Lejman    According to Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 41% of transgender and gender- nonconforming respondents reported attempting suicide. That number alone is alarming, but when compared to 1.6% of the general population, the number becomes…

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Emily Fulmer Works for an Indivisible Memphis

August 4, 2017 - articles

story by Melinda Lejman | photos courtesy of Emily Fulmer    …A PSA from a woman who was jogging in Overton Park and was saluted with a sieg heil by a 30-something white male… …Photos from a protest opposing the repeal of the ACA outside…

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Mama Gaia restaurant sets a high bar for healthy fare

July 31, 2017 - articles

story by Melinda Lejman | photos courtesy of Mama Gaia   What do you get when you combine an auspicious location, delicious ingredients, and a creative menu? Mama Gaia, of course! A concept that is new in and outside of Memphis, Mama Gaia offers fast-casual,…

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Dr. Donna Randolph: PrEP and PeP could stop spread of HIV virus

July 17, 2017 - articles

by Melinda Lejman | photo courtesy of Choices Memphis   EFFECTIVE PRE-HIV-EXPOSURE TREATMENT FOCUS: According to the Centers for Disease Control, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is only for those who are at ongoing high risk of HIV infection. Can you explain what defines “ongoing” and “high…

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Health + Wellness: Recovery

June 5, 2017 - articles

By Melinda Lejman   If you Google LGBT addiction statistics, you might assume that the population is disproportionately affected by drug and alcohol abuse. Delve a little deeper and the story gets more complicated. Some studies indicate that LGBT individuals suffer at a rate of…

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