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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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A Place in the Sun: Pensacola Beach

June 7, 2018 - articles

story by Melinda Lejman   Pensacola has a decades-long history of being an LGBT destination. Starting in the 1960s with beach parties coordinated by local members of the gay community, the city is now home to full scale, weeklong celebrations leading up to Memorial Day…

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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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City Chicks

April 23, 2018 - articles

story by Melinda Lejman | photos by Christine Haynes & Mary Krampus   (Above Photo: Chicken coops can be made of anything durable including upcycled playhouses. Credit: Christine Haynes)    Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the 901, of course! Chicken coops…

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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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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 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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Rural Mississippi Gets Its Own LGBT Bookstore!

January 11, 2018 - articles

by Melinda Lejman | photo above by Jamie Harker   In this day and age, taking a chance on a brick and mortar bookstore is an intimidating proposition. Competition with e-books and audio books might turn a would-be entrepreneur away from investing in a local…

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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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