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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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Karl Dean

A conversation with Karl Dean

November 5, 2017 - LGBT Community, Nashville, Tennessee

by Sarah Rutledge Fischer In November of 2018, Tennesseans will go to the polls to choose the next Governor of Tennessee. Karl Foster Dean, former mayor of Nashville and leading Democratic candidate in the gubernatorial race, was recently in town to attend Memphis Pride Fest…

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Nashville Black Pride

15th Annual Nashville Black Pride

October 21, 2017 - Events, LGBT Community, Nashville, Recap, Tennessee

The Message for the Weekend: We are Stronger Together The 15th Annual Nashville Black Pride (NBP) was held Oct. 12 – Oct. 15 with various events held throughout the city. This year’s theme was “Stronger Together” and opened Thursday night with an awards dinner and…

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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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MONQ LAUNCHING CONSUMER LOYALTY PROGRAM

MONQ LAUNCHING CONSUMER LOYALTY PROGRAM

September 3, 2017 - Agency33, Articles, Joey Amato, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Tennessee

MONQ REWARDS will Award Customers Seeds (Points) for completing over 20 Different Actions Nashville, TN (SEPTEMBER 1, 2017) – MONQ, LLC, best known for creating and selling personal essential oil diffusers, will release a rewards program for customers on September 1, 2017 called MONQ REWARDS. “Having…

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Come As You Are: Open Table Christian Church gives ‘community’ a new meaning

September 1, 2017 - Articles, Faith + Spirituality, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee

by Open Table Christian Church For far too many, “church” is a dirty word, and for some, “Christian” may be even worse. Many members of Open Table Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have been burned in the past by churches and Christians, too, but they…

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Out of the Darkness participants

CHOOSE YOUR HONOR BEADS AND WALK MUSIC ROW TO FIGHT SUICIDE

August 21, 2017 - Agency33, Articles, Events, Fund Raising, Health + Wellness, Joey Amato, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Ally, LGBT Community, LGBT Youth, Mental Health, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Out of the Darkness, Suicide, Suicide Prevention, Tennessee

NASHVILLE, TN – AUGUST 17, 2017 – More than 1200 people from throughout Middle TN will choose beads that represent their personal struggle with depression or the type of suicide loss they have experienced at the Nashville Music Row Out of the Darkness Community Walk. The walk begins at 8:00…

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