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Protecting LGBT+ Students: In Memory of Middle-School Student Andy Leach

June 18, 2018 - articles

by Melinda Lejman   Andy Leach has been described by friends and family as a sweet and loving boy. The 12-year-old, who recently came out to classmates at Southaven Middle School as possibly bisexual, took his own life in March due to bullying. In addition…

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Q & A with Jonathan M. Ealy

May 21, 2018 - articles

by Melinda Lejman | photo by Stephen Dillon   You were recently elected to serve as Chairman of the board of directors at OUTMemphis, and you are the first African American to hold the position. What impact do you feel this has on LGBT acceptance…

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CHOICES: Capital Campaign

April 20, 2018 - articles

story by Melinda Lejman   Many women of color are not afforded protections in the U.S. healthcare system. CHOICES Memphis Center for Reproductive Health intends to create seamless access to high quality healthcare for expectant mothers when it opens a new birthing center. CHOICES’ focus…

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Not Just Another Dear John Letter

February 11, 2018 - articles

by Sarah Rutledge Fischer   These are not the coming out stories of adolescence and youth, full of parental disapproval and schoolyard bullying. These are stories of grown women confronting their sexuality in the midst of careers, heterosexual marriages, and families. In 2010, a book…

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Like Father, Like Son

November 17, 2017 - articles

story by Anita Moyt   Tom Campbell photo by Tom Dearen Imagine a father so proud of his son and daughter, he beams. Imagine a grandfather, with pride in his voice, as he tells of his nine grandchildren, the ones who gave him a Tshirt…

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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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Terryl Bucker, the Father of the Memphis Black Pride Community

September 18, 2017 - articles

By Anita Moyt, with contributions by Joy Doss | photos courtesy of Tristate Black Pride and Terryl Buckner   Terryl Buckner was honored by Tristate Black Pride on June 15, 2017 at the National Civil Rights Museum during the opening ceremonies of Tristate Black Pride…

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Here Come The Brides: Amanda DeVlugt and Suzie Szanyi

September 11, 2017 - articles

story by Amanda DeVlugt with her soon-to-be wife, Suzanne Szanyi | portrait photo by Lisa Cline Photography, snapshots courtesy of Amanda DeVlugt   It’s any normal day in August in Memphis: 100% humidity, weather reports a heat index of 101 degrees, oh, and the first-ever…

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ExGay ‘Therapy’ Client Thrives, Identity Intact

August 11, 2017 - articles

by Garrard Conley     Garrard Conley, the young man in the ExGay program lead by John Smid (see previous article), has written about the pain of his experience in his book, Boy Erased. Deadline.com reports that multiple distributors are bidding for Boy Erased (screenplay…

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ExGay ‘Therapy’ Program Leader Regrets Actions

August 9, 2017 - articles

blog entry reprinted with permission from author John Smid first published May 23, 2017 | gracerivers.com   Serendipity: Unexpected surprise in finding one’s own Truth   Thirteen years ago a young 19-year-old man came into a program I was leading called “Love In Action.” He…

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