our focus is on you

Our LGBT + allies blog is enriched with multi-media content that offers you updated stories, features, and life pieces in print, audio and video. Enjoy.
Q+A with Chef Jay

Meet Chef Jay Kill

July 19, 2017 - Articles, Columns, Food and Beverage, LGBT Advocate, Question and Answer

Focus welcomes our new food+beverage columnist, Chef Jay Kill. He will be answering your most burning questions. Before he begins, we thought it would be nice for our readers to learn about him. Do you remember when you realized you were gay? Interesting question… I knew…

read more
Dr. Tara Ralph

Come out to your doctors, it may save your life

July 18, 2017 - Columns, Health + Wellness

Feel empowered. Feel encouraged. Take control of your health. Come out to your providers, it may save your life. I guess I should start an article out about telling the truth to doctors, by first confessing that before I became a doctor, I did not always…

read more
Half Hill Farm owners Vince Oropesa, left, and Christian Grantham

Two men on a mission at Half Hill Farm

July 18, 2017 - Articles, Food and Beverage, Health + Wellness

When Christian Grantham returned to Middle Tennessee from Washington D.C. with his husband Vince Oropesa, he wasn’t sure what to expect. It only took a year for his home state to tell him how it viewed his marriage when voters overwhelmingly approved a ban on…

read more

Being comfortable in your own skin

July 17, 2017 - Columns, Uncategorized

Coming out is a process that is different for everyone. In the end, you’re the one who makes the decision about who you come out to and how. But these all-purpose tips can help you through the process. Consider the “who” and “why” before deciding…

read more

Rescues Give Humans Purpose

July 17, 2017 - Articles, Pet Focus

by Bonnie Glassco | photo by H.N. James TYPICALLY, THE PURPOSE OF RESCUING DOGS IS TO SAVE THE LIFE OF THE DOG. SOMETIMES DURING THE PROCESS, HUMANS ARE SAVED. Justin Way is one of those human lives and his five-year-old pit-bull Reese is his savior. Before we can meet…

read more

MTSU alumna charts course for inclusion, diversity

July 17, 2017 - Articles, LGBT Advocate, Michelle Willard

While navigating the challenges of transitioning during her senior year at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Morgan Hunlen helped create a safe place for future students to land. A trained pilot and transwoman, Hunlen graduated from MTSU with honors in spring 2016. But before she…

read more

Davidson County Judge Rachel Bell joins other Tennessee politicians on coming out and shares the importance of doing so

July 14, 2017 - Articles

by Michelle Willard | photos courtesy of Rachel Bell Davidson County Judge Rachel Bell learned early to be courageous in her life. At 13 years old, she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. She had to learn to cope with and manage her disease to reach…

read more
Nashville Pride 2017

20k attend two-day Nashville Pride

June 28, 2017 - Articles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than 20,000 converged on Public Square Park in downtown Nashville over the weekend to celebrate Nashville Pride 2017. Nashville Pride offers music, drag shows and an equality march, but most importantly, it offers a place for LGBT+ Tennesseans to be themselves….

read more
Chef Jay Kill and Francisco Bermudez

Focus Middle Tennessee launches with ‘Coming Out’ party

June 28, 2017 - Uncategorized

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Focus Middle Tennessee launched with a coming out party at The Lipstick Lounge in Nashville for its “Coming Out” issue on Friday, June 23. “Everyone was excited about the magazine that we spoke with that night. We have received nothing but positive feedback…

read more
Jack Mackenroth at A Modern Social

jack mackenroth guest speaker celebrating 30 plus years of Nashville Cares

June 19, 2017 - Articles, Uncategorized

story and photo by Selena Haynes Celebrate, Reflect, Conversate with Jack Mackenroth, Others Jack Mackenroth, most widely known for his participation as a fashion designer on Season 4 of Project Runway where he disclosed his positive HIV status, was among the guest speakers for Nashville…

read more