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LGBT Youth: For the Love of Theater

March 23, 2018 - articles

by Kevin Shaw | photo provided by Heather Zurowski   Every year, Playhouse on the Square scans the United States to find the most talented theatre interns (performance and technical) to come spend a year in Memphis to help produce and/or star in over 15…

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What Does The A Stand For?

February 8, 2018 - articles

by Remy Chartier, age 18  |  Originally Published as “Asexuality: It’s Normal and So Are You” November 9, 2017. Reprinted with permission from Sex, Etc.., a teen-written sexual health magazine and website, published by Answer.   By my sophomore year of high school, I had started to…

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Alice & Freda: In 1892, Memphis girls’ young love ends tragically, creates national headlines

February 4, 2018 - articles

by Vincent Astor It was one of the saddest days in the history of Grace Episcopal Church. A very young parishioner, 17-year old Frederica Ward, was being laid to rest. She had sung in the choir and had a “decided turn for amateur theatricals.” Her…

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Metamorphosis Project, LGBT youth emergency shelter, is fully funded!

December 21, 2017 - articles

by Robin Beaudoin | images courtesy of OUTMemphis   OUTMemphis is pleased to announce it has successfully secured the funds needed to construct the Youth Emergency Shelter, the cornerstone of its Metamorphosis Project.The construction goal was met following the award of a $125,000 Capital Grant from…

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MCA Student Lauren Blair Spreads Love While Creating His Own Happy Space

October 30, 2017 - articles

story by Joy Doss | photos by Loreana Rojas   “I am trying to give off as much love and positivity as I can. I do as much as I can to let people know they are loved.”   If you haven’t noticed by now,…

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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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Protecting All the Colors of the Rainbow: Matthew Hollon & Keshet

May 29, 2017 - articles

story and photo by Melinda Lejman   In the last issue of Focus, we learned about Temple Israel synagogue becoming a certified safe space for LGBTQ Jews through the organization Keshet (meaning ‘rainbow’ in Hebrew). Now, meet the conversion student who spearheaded the project as…

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Lisa Watkins – LGBT Youth

February 17, 2017 - articles

photo by Dewayne Murrell Age: 21 High School/College/Grad School: Lemoyne Owen College Major: Social Work Hometown: Memphis Current City: Memphis   What’s your favorite saying that relates to your moral compass? You were born as an original. Don’t die a copy! – John Mason What’s…

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