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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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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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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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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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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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Nashville in Harmony

Nashville in Harmony

November 21, 2017 - Arts, Entertainment, LGBT Community, Music

by Laura Valentine and Amanda Elend photos courtesy of Nashville in Harmony Nashville in Harmony (NiH) is Music City’s first and only all-volunteer chorus embracing the talents and diversity of the LGBT community and their allies. NiH began in the fall of 2004 with 19…

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My House: Creating a safe space

November 10, 2017 - LGBT Community

By Justin Lofton Eliminating barriers to safe space and access to self-care is the mission of a collaborative effort called My House, a comprehensive one-stop shop for gay and bisexual men impacted and affected by HIV/AIDS in Nashville. It is a comfy space that looks…

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