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Hemp Oil

Homegrown health: Middle Tennessee businesses begin offering hemp extract

January 30, 2018 - Health + Wellness

story and photo by Michelle Willard Since Tennessee legalized the use of cannabidiol, which is commonly called CBD or hemp oil, the business has been growing like crazy. In fact, two LGBT+-owned businesses in Murfreesboro and Woodbury have taken two different tracks to offering hemp…

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Steph McKay

Steph McKay: ‘There’s no greater feeling than loving what you do’

January 26, 2018 - Food and Beverage, Q&A with Chef Jay

by Chef Jay Kill, photo by H.N. James This month, Chef Jay Kill sits down with fellow chef Steph McKay of Sunflower Café. Have questions related to anything and everything Food+Drink? Email them to QAChefJay@focusmidtenn.com. Has being gay affected your choice to be in the hospitality…

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Karie Adair

Karie Adair steps down from Rutherford County Commissioner race

January 24, 2018 - LGBT Advocate, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee

Karie Adair, who is Tennessee’s first transgender woman running for office, has announced today that she will step down from the County Commissioner in Rutherford County race and place her full support behind fellow Democrat Jennifer Edwards. Adair, who announced her run on Nov. 12,…

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REVIEW: “Call Me By Your Name” is a sultry masterpiece

January 17, 2018 - Entertainment, Events, Film, LGBT Community

By Brian Goins Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” based on the novel by André Aciman, is a quiet, subtle and unassuming exploration of coming of age sexuality and love. Elio, a brooding and creative 17-year-old, meets Oliver, who arrives at their Italian villa…

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Kristen Chapman Gibbons

Kristen Chapman Gibbons: Tell your story, be heard

January 13, 2018 - LGBT Ally

By Brian Goins Kristen Chapman Gibbons is passionate about storytelling — not just her own, but the stories of others and of the communities that make up Nashville. That passion has grown from her experience telling her own stories on stage — 28 different stories…

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REVIEW: Oh What a Night at TPAC

January 11, 2018 - Arts, Entertainment, Events, Leah Wright, Middle Tennessee, Music, Nashville, Recap, Review

Jersey Boys takes Nashville by storm by Leah Wright | photos courtesy of Joan Mason (Pictured above: Corey Greenan, Tommaso Antico, Jonny Wexler and Chris Stevens) The energy was inescapable as the sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons reverberated through TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall…

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Equality Clarksville

Blazing a trail: Equality Clarksville provides a safe space for the community

January 10, 2018 - LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee

by Leslee White Equality Clarksville is a non profit organization made up of LGBT community members and heterosexual allies. Their primary mission is to provide education about the LGBT community in the Clarksville area. Their message is clear: You are NOT alone. We are all…

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Preds Pride Night

Preds Pride Night is on Feb. 22

January 8, 2018 - LGBT Community, Uncategorized

Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce presents Pride Night at Bridgestone Arena’s Predators game on Feb. 22. The event will have a pre-game reception for members. In its third year, the event is one that shows the support the Nashville community has for the LGBT community….

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Nashville Ballet

Nashville Ballet tackles Holocaust, inequality and bigotry

January 8, 2018 - Entertainment, Uncategorized

by Jan Morrison photo by Tony Spielberg Producing art as a catalyst for action is not new. Pablo Picasso depicted the brutality of war in his room-sized painting Guernica that finally raised awareness of the bloody Spanish Civil War. Films American History X, Amistad, Hotel…

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Phil Michal Thomas

Phil Michal Thomas: Bridging Communities

January 7, 2018 - LGBT Advocate

By Laura Valentine Activism in the early days of AIDS was not for the faint of heart. When this cunning disease began taking his friends; when his funeral suit became thread-bare from attending multiple services a week; when there was no help from the government…

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