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Ask Allie: Dating: Should I Reveal My Trans Status?

January 16, 2018 - articles

by Sarah Rutledge Fischer   Dear Allie, I’m a single transwoman in my 30s. I haven’t really dated since before I started transitioning, but I’m finally ready to dive back in. My best friend, who has had my back throughout my journey, was helping me…

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Special Report: Hate Crimes: the Definition, the History, State Laws, and Specific Characteristics

January 7, 2018 - articles

by Sarah Rutledge Fischer  This is the first installment of a three-part series by Focus® Mid-South magazine. We have developed this series in the hope that law enforcement and citizens will have a better understanding of the intricacies of our nation’s hate crime law, a…

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Q & A with Tennessee Gubernatorial Candidate Karl Dean

December 20, 2017 - articles

story by Sarah Rutledge Fischer | photos provided by the Dean campaign committee   In November of 2018, Tennesseans will go to the polls to choose the next Governor of Tennessee. Karl Foster Dean, former mayor of Nashville and leading Democratic candidate in the gubernatorial…

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LGBT Advocate: Louis Holiday

November 27, 2017 - articles

by Sarah Rutledge Fischer | photos by H.N. James   On March 23, 2001, Louis Holiday sat in a contentious settlement agreement across the table from the legal representatives of the City of Chattanooga. Holiday had just won a Sixth Circuit appeal that had established…

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Dear Allie: Being Authentic With Your Family

November 6, 2017 - articles

by Sarah Rutledge Fischer   Dear Allie, Recently I have come out on social media where a majority of my family can see it. I’m 22, and I’ve known I was at least bisexual since I was in 9th or 10th grade. Most of my…

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Chuck Saylor Inducted into Gay Softball Hall of Fame

October 26, 2017 - articles

by Anita Moyt | edited by Sarah Rutledge Fischer photos courtesy of Chuck Saylor   The 2017 Gay Softball World Series will be hosted in Portland, Oregon, September 3 to 10. On September 5, at the Tiger Woods Center, Nike Campus, one of Memphis’ own,…

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Mural Master Brandon Marshall Loves Memphis!

September 25, 2017 - articles

story of Sarah Rutledge Fischer | photo by Justin Fox Burks  Brandon Marshall loves Memphis, but he never dreamed that Memphis would know his name. See, Marshall— whose iconic Cooper Young I Love Memphis mural has become a favorite destination of tourists and Memphians alike—began…

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Ask Allie: Praying Away The Gay?

September 8, 2017 - articles

by Sarah Rutledge Fischer    Dear Allie,  I’m writing because I’m concerned about my twin sister. We are high school freshmen living in a small Tennessee town. My sister is gay, and I’ve known that just about as long as there was anything to know….

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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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LGBT Ally Parrish Oglesby Helps Direct Ryan White/H-CAP funds

July 12, 2017 - articles

by Sarah Rutledge Fisher | photo courtesy of Parrish Oglesby   For people in the greater Memphis area who are living with or at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, Parrish Oglesby is a kind of behind-the-scenes superhero. He wakes each day and puts on the suit…

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