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dear allie: praying away the gay?

October 13, 2017 - Articles, Columns, Dear Allie, Health + Wellness

PRAY FOR THEIR HAPPINESS, NOT AGAINST THEIR LGBT IDENTITY. by Sarah Rutledge Fischer Dear Allie, I’m writing because I’m concerned about my twin sister. We are high school freshmen living in a small Tennessee town. My sister is gay, and I’ve known that just about as long as there was anything…

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Hannah Nell advocates for LGBT youth experiencing homelessness

October 11, 2017 - Articles

Hannah Nell will tell you she is luckier than most. When she came out at the age of 19, she already had two older siblings break that rocky ground for her. “My parents were pretty understanding,” she said with a laugh. But the Vanderbilt grad…

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Pilgrimage Festival doesn’t disappoint

September 27, 2017 - Articles, Entertainment, Events, Food and Beverage, Middle Tennessee, Music, Nashville, Pilgrimage Festival, Tennessee

FRANKLIN, TN – SEPTEMBER 23: Musician Justin Timberlake performs at the 2017 Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival on September 23, 2017 in Franklin, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for M2M Construction) The Pilgrimage Festival was held Sept. 23 – 24 in Franklin, TN. at…

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Valerie June: From Memphis

September 23, 2017 - Articles, Entertainment, Middle Tennessee, Music, Nashville, Question and Answer, Tennessee

Valerie June: From Memphis by Joan Allison  |  edited by Sarah Rutledge Fischer  |   photos by Jacob Blickenstaff & Danny Clinch The voice on the phone is girlish and sweet with a distinct Jackson, Tennessee Southern drawl. She is fresh off a European tour, but back in New York…

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Sinclair set to play Franklin’s Pilgrimage Festival in September

September 20, 2017 - Articles, Music, Uncategorized

Her music and unique voice permeate your soul. If ever there was a true love affair, Sinclair and her music is it. As she walked into Zollie’s Koffee for the interview, her personality resonated as deeply as the uniqueness of the church pews on which…

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Embrace the Messies

September 13, 2017 - Articles, Columns, Health + Wellness, Mental Health, Uncategorized

by Susan Gardner, CPO-CD Behind the world of minimalism, organization, Ikeas, and Container Stores, lurks the world of messies. Messies can be out by the nature of their public desk and challenged time management while others remain hidden behind façades of orderliness or behind closed doors, known only…

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“it’s just who i am” : Introduction

September 11, 2017 - Articles, Columns, Health + Wellness, Journal

by Lauren Means “I’m genderqueer.” “I’m trans.” “I’m demisexual.” “I’m intersex.” A lot goes into determining one’s identity. Some people are assigned a sex at birth and it matches with their gender identity. Others are assigned a sex at birth and struggle with an internal…

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“Take a Minute, Change a Life”

September 10, 2017 - Articles, Health + Wellness, Mental Health, Suicide, Suicide Prevention

by Lauren Means Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is recognized on September 10th and this year marks the 15th anniversary of the initiative brought about by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to…

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Riley Parra

RILEY PARRA WEB-SERIES LAUNCHES TO RAVE REVIEWS

September 7, 2017 - Agency33, Articles, Entertainment, Film, Joey Amato, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Tennessee

Los Angeles, CA (September 6, 2017) – tello Films recently released their 6-episode web series, Riley Parra, which is modeled after a series of books about a detective struggling to do the right thing in a corrupt department. Riley discovers a war between angels and demons…

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Q&A with Chef Jay Kill

Introducing Chef Jay Kill

September 5, 2017 - Articles, Columns, Food and Beverage, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Q&A with Chef Jay, Tennessee

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

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