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SEP+OCT MUST-DO EVENTS

October 13, 2017 - Uncategorized

SEPT. 9 BORO PRIDE FESTIVAL MURFREESBORO TOWN SQUARE Celebrate the LGBTQ community in Rutherford County and throughout Middle Tennessee. This is a FREE event and open to the public. SEPT. 14 ROCKIN 4 RESCUE 3250 WILKINSON PIKE, MURFREESBORO Operation Education Animal Rescue’s annual event. Food, drinks, live music,…

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q & a with chef jay

October 13, 2017 - Uncategorized

by Chef Jay Kill | photo courtesy of The Art Institute Nashville  What’s the best method to cook fried chicken so the breading doesn’t come off? I feel the biggest mistake most people make when frying chicken is wanting to prepare it too quickly. First, make…

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Murfreesboro attorney redefines advocacy

October 13, 2017 - Uncategorized

Julia Tate-Keith prevails in ‘Natural Meaning’ lawsuit against state by Michelle Willard | photos courtesy of Julia Tate-Keith Gov. Bill Haslam signed the “natural, ordinary meaning” bill into law on Friday, May 5. By Monday, May 8, Murfreesboro attorney Julia Tate-Keith had filed a lawsuit on…

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Nashville AIDS Walk turns 26

October 13, 2017 - Uncategorized

26th annual Nashville CARES AIDS Walk slated for Sept. 23 by Leslee White | photo courtesy of Nashville Cares Nashville CARES presents the 26th annual 5k Walk and Run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 23 beginning at Public Square Park and continues on a scenic walk…

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Mr. Esquire

21st Mr. Esquire crowned in October

October 7, 2017 - Uncategorized

The Southeast’s longest-running male impersonator pageant will crown its new king in October! By Bonnie Glassco | Photos courtesy of Mac Huffington The 21st Annual Mr. Esquire Pageant will be held Oct. 15 at Play Dance Bar beginning at 7:30pm. Now in its 21st year, Mr….

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Dr. Marisa Richmond

Dr. Marisa Richmond: Uncertain Times

October 7, 2017 - Uncategorized

by Mary Reeves | Photos by H.N. James “It’s going to be a very rough ride over the next three and a half years.” That’s the word from Dr. Marisa Richmond about the fight for LGBT rights, both on the local and the national levels. Richmond,…

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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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What’s In a Name

September 14, 2017 - Health + Wellness, Trans Focus, Uncategorized

What’s In a Name: An inside look at the process of a name change when you are transgender. by Jamie Lewis I changed my name recently. As it turns out, people struggle to take a woman named Jacob very seriously, so a choice was made….

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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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The SOAR logo was designed in part by attendees and then finalized and brought to fruition by Stu Kilgour, a regular SOAR attendee.

Seeds of Acceptance Rutherford (SOAR)

August 5, 2017 - Articles, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Ally, LGBT Community, Uncategorized

For the founders of SOAR: Seeds of Acceptance Rutherford, Mandy Ray-Jones and Rebekah Dawson, it was not difficult to see that there was a lack of support and education for the LGBTQ+ community in the Murfreesboro area. Aside from MT Lambda, an MTSU organization for…

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