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Hoist and the Memphis Leather Community

June 15, 2018 - articles

by Vincent Astor | photos courtesy of Hoist   (Above photo, left to right: Jim Pickens, Vice President; Ken Briggs, Road Captain; Jake Tanner, Sgt. at Arms; Mark Keidaish, President; Chaz Fowler, Secretary; Aaron Moore, Historian; Brian McCraig, Treasurer.)   What do you think when…

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Brian Douglas, Uniquely Qualified to Serve the LGBT Community as an ADPA Financial Advisor

February 2, 2018 - articles

story by Melinda Lejman | photo provided by Morris Marketing Group    Thinking about finances can be a stressful experience. Money is inherently an emotional issue and for that reason, many people avoid dealing with financial decision-making. Unfortunately, not having all the bases covered could…

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Human Rights Campaign Corporation awards FedEx a 100% Corporate Equality index score, names the Memphis-based icon a 2018 Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality

January 22, 2018 - articles

by Melinda Lejman | photo courtesy of FedEx Corporation   Global delivery’s number one corporation has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. Gretchen Mathis, FedEx Communications and Public Relations Manager, talked with Focus® magazine’s Melinda Lejman to explain how….

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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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LGBT Advocate: Jerre Dye

November 20, 2017 - articles

interview by Joan Allison | photos courtesy of Jerre Dye   Hometown: Amory, Mississippi Current town: Chicago, Illinois Dream town: I don’t know that I have an ultimate dream town. I’m just dreamy by nature and tend to carry my dreaminess around with me wherever…

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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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