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Chameleon's Lounge

Chameleon’s Lounge to close with Saturday curtain call

December 15, 2017 - LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee

It’s an emotional couple of days for patrons of Chameleon’s Lounge, the little LGBT bar that’s located on the very edge of Murfreesboro, leading into Smyrna. For 10 years, the bar has welcomed the community as a safe place to convene and become a family….

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Penny Campbell Honored in East Nashville

December 9, 2017 - Articles, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee’s First LGBT+ Historical Marker Unveiled If you don’t know Penny Campbell’s story, you are missing out. Penny’s story begins back in 1953 when she was born to Brenda and Rev. Will D. Campbell. It would be safe to say Penny was greatly influenced by…

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Holiday Events

Discover Middle Tennessee: 8 holiday events off the beaten path

November 23, 2017 - Events, Middle Tennessee, Nashville

by Lauren Means The holidays are upon us here in Middle Tennessee and there is no shortage of activities and attractions to visit. There are many staples such as Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas,” but there are many wonderful events off the beaten path. These…

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Major Minors

Perfect harmony: Major Minors is welcoming sound

November 22, 2017 - Arts, Entertainment, Middle Tennessee, Music

  Story and photos by Lauren Means Being a teenager can be tough. Being a teenager and a part of the LGBT+ community can be tougher. Luckily, there are special interest groups developing within the Middle Tennessee area to provide all teenagers a place to…

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together live

Together Tour – Live: An Evening of Empowerment

October 24, 2017 - Articles, Entertainment, Events, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Recap, Review, TPAC

Living Our Love Stories You can feel the support and inspiration in the room. As everyone is watching the love story of Glennon Doyle and Abby Wambach unfold in the pre-recorded video, the room is silent. They speak of ups and downs. Challenges and victories….

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AIDS Memorial Quilt

AIDS Memorial Quilt on display in Nashville

October 17, 2017 - Events, Middle Tennessee, Nashville

A panel from the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in Nashville for the first time in 15 years. The quilt, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, will be unveiled at a community reception on Tuesday, Oct. 24  at The Art Institute of…

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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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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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