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LGBT Ally: Savannah Bearden

May 7, 2018 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin | photos by Loreana Rojas    “My first cover ever. This is extra special for me.” Savannah Bearden is no stranger to the public eye, with a decades-long career of acting and producing in the Memphis area under her belt. Bearden’s talent…

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Joey Palermino: Riding for Good

April 13, 2018 - articles

story & photos by Robin Beaudoin   Fledgling street cyclist Joey Palermino, 28, reflects the Grit & Grind of his employer, the Memphis Grizzlies, in training for a 545-mile bike ride this June. The ticket rep is in training for the AIDS LifeCycle Ride, spanning…

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LGBT Ally: Rabbi Sarit Horwitz

January 18, 2018 - articles

by Melinda Lejman | photos provided by Rabbi Horwitz   Rabbi Sarit Horwitz is a Conservative rabbi and the new religious leader at Beth Sholom Synagogue in Memphis, Tennessee. But don’t let the title fool you -her stance on LGBTQ issues is nothing if not…

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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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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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Marcella Simien: Free to Be

October 2, 2017 - articles

by Joy Doss | photo by Lisa Mac   “Dude,” the audience member coughed out. He was talking about Marcella Simien’s voice (and possibly implying that she was transgendered) as she covered Tracy Chapman’s “Gimme One Reason.” Simien is proud of her femininity and was…

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Youth LGBT Advocate Grace Korsmo: Straight Arlington Student Already LGBT Ally and Gender Equality Advocate

July 21, 2017 - articles

Age: 17 years old School: Arlington High School Hometown: Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA Current City: Arlington, TN   What’s your favorite saying that relates to your moral compass? My parents have told me since I was little to ‘be the best you you can…

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Octavia Young, chef, building community in Crosstown

July 14, 2017 - articles

by Diane Thornton | photos by Joan Allison   “The best part is not things on the menu, it’s the people and the energy.”– Octavia Young, Owner Midtown Crossing Grill   Wistfully she tells me she made goat cheese ice cream with a strawberry balsamic…

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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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Mauricio Calvo – LGBT Ally

April 3, 2017 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin  |  photo courtesy of Latino Memphis I think people in the LGBT community are so open-minded and progressive, and very supportive (because they are also under attack) It is said that when you reach the bottom, there’s nowhere to go but up….

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