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Tri-State Black Pride 2018

May 29, 2018 - articles

Tri-State Black Pride showcases unity, pride, promotes equality and inclusivity, human rights, education, outreach, arts and culture. It brings awareness to HIV/AIDS. June 14-17, 2018, Memphis, TN. Thursday, June 14 Hotel Check-In Crowne Plaza 300 N 2nd St Opening Ceremony “Ending the Stigma” | 6-10…

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When Pink and Blue Just Won’t Do

March 15, 2018 - articles

story by Lauren Nettles | photos courtesy of Katie Cooper   It’s frustrating not being able to fit into clothing you better identify with. I shouldn’t have to buy clothing from the little boys section just for a decent fit. Like many of us, The…

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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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Recreating the Gay American T Dance

October 23, 2017 - articles

story and photo by Mark Benton   Christian “Cashmere” Assandria was asked by the owner of Alchemy/Growlers to manage a Sunday entertainment venue at Growlers Sports Pub in May. He quickly thought about the days when Sunday T Dances were the norm and a booming…

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Equality Jackson: Bringing Positive Change to Small Towns in Tennessee

October 6, 2017 - articles

story and photos by Mark Benton     When Focus contributor, Mark Benton, moved to Jackson, Tennessee in 2013, he had lived in many large cities but never a city as small as Jackson, population 70,000. He had always been active in the local gay…

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis Celebrates 25 Years

September 22, 2017 - articles

courtesy Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis®, at no charge to our guests, provides supportive services and “keeps families close” while children are receiving treatment for cancer and other catastrophic childhood illnesses at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since…

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14 Years of Fun, Mid-South Pride Festival is Back, September 29-30

September 1, 2017 - articles

story by Phillis Lewis & Robin Beaudoin | photos courtesy of Mid-South Pride ‘Mid-South Pride Presents: The 14th Annual Memphis Pride Festival’ for a weekend of fun, acceptance, and love September 28th through October 1st. On September 29th, Friends For Life will be throwing the…

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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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Pegasus Party Planner

July 28, 2017 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin & Brandon Leslie   Mystic Krewe of Pegasus 2017-2018 King Brandon Leslie shares with Focus Mid-South some of the exciting new events added by the Mystic Krewe of Pegasus coming up this summer and fall. In order to raise the most funds…

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Community Pegasus Krewe Fun-Raisers

July 24, 2017 - articles

story and photos by Mark Benton (Photo Above) Growlers bar on Poplar Avenue played host to the Mystic Krewe’s recent fundraiser ‘Tea Dance.’ The group raised $1500 for their efforts, 100% of which will go to charity. Party goers included (from left) Coco Flores, Imagene…

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