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The STAND Movement Hosts Local Reading of Children’s Book I Am Jazz in Support of Transgender Youth

February 21, 2019 - Uncategorized

By Focus Staff Parents, teachers and community members here and across the country are standing up to state legislative efforts targeting transgender people on Feb. 28 with readings of I Am Jazz, a book by transgender teen and Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation Youth Ambassador Jazz…

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TPAC names Jennifer Turner of Segerstrom Center for the Arts as next President and Chief Executive Officer

February 20, 2019 - Uncategorized

By Focus Staff Tennessee Performing Arts Center has announced Jennifer Turner, currently Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, will be its next President and Chief Executive Officer starting May 2019. Turner will follow Kathleen O’Brien, who will retire from…

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Mewsic Kitty Café

Every Day is Purrfect at Mewsic Kitty Café

February 14, 2019 - Articles, Community, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Pet Focus

by Jojo Lorentson | Photos provided by Mewsic Kitty Café   Not too long ago, Meagan and Thien Phan had a hairbrained idea that was inspired by this little café in Charleston, South Carolina. This unique café had the most curious staff — cats. The…

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Americana Musician and Equality Activist Molly Adele Brown to Perform at Vanderbilt LGBTQ Health Symposium

February 12, 2019 - Uncategorized

The Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health is excited to announce they will be hosting their Second Annual Southern LGBTQ Health Symposium on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 9am-5pm. The symposium will engage providers, students, and community members throughout the region on a variety of topics…

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Mayor Briley to Sign Historic Executive Order for LGBT-Owned Businesses

February 9, 2019 - Community, LGBT Community, Nashville, Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, News, Press Release

By signing the executive order, Mayor Briley will recognize the significant contributions that LGBT-owned businesses make in Nashville and provide them with more opportunities to compete and succeed.

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FabYOUlous Living: Decluttering as a Healing Art

February 7, 2019 - Articles

By Susan Gardner In January, I introduced the idea that heeding the voice of clutter can open life energy. We can learn to quiet ourselves to ask fundamental questions of our clutter. This month, I describe our sometimes-complicated relationship with clutter. When we understand our…

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finance tips

5 Financial Tips For 2019

February 7, 2019 - Articles, Health + Wellness

By Chris Robinette   As we look forward to saying goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019, let’s look at five ways to help yourself get on more sound financial footing for the new year.   Save money for yourself first!   I know this…

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Fit man standing against grey wall

Get FIT: Tips, Tricks From a Personal Trainer

January 31, 2019 - Articles, Health + Wellness, LGBT Community

by Daniel Buckley  | photo provided by Lee French   The New Year is a fantastic time to re-evaluate and establish new goals. Whether they be professional or personal, it’s best to have a well thought out strategy in order to ensure your success. As…

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Nashville Pride Unveils 2019 Festival Dates & Parade

January 30, 2019 - Articles

Coming off a record-breaking 2018 Festival, the 2019 Nashville Pride Festival returns to Public Square Park in Downtown Nashville on Saturday, June 22nd, and Sunday, June 23rd. In June 1969 outside a New York City bar, LGBT community members stood up to discrimination and started…

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half hill farm and Wellness Emporium of Woodbury owner Christian

Husband Duo Creates Products That Heal Body & Soul

January 22, 2019 - Articles, Community, Food and Beverage, Health + Wellness, LGBT Community

by Selena Haynes  | photo provided by Half Hill Farm   Christian Grantham and Vince Oropesa are partners in business and in life. The duo relocated to Woodbury, Tennessee in 2012 and since then have become a fixture in the local community. Grantham was given…

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