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March 12, 2019 - Concert, Entertainment, Events, Festival, Press Release

Now in its fifth year, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival has revealed the initial lineup of acts scheduled for September 21-22 at The Park at Harlinsdale in historic downtown Franklin, Tennessee.

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Greg Cason and Landry Boyle

March 12, 2019 - Uncategorized

By Laura Valentine “It’s one thing to be tolerated, but another to be celebrated,” shares Greg Cason, as he and husband Landry Boyle share the challenges they face as an outspoken, black, gay couple in Middle Tennessee. When Greg and Landry began planning their wedding,…

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KindRED Pride Foundation Announces RED Shirt Pride Day Around the World – June 1, 2019

March 7, 2019 - Uncategorized

By Focus Staff The KindRED Pride Foundation announced a new global vision building on the tradition of “gay day” at Magic Kingdom®, which is always held on the first Saturday of June to Kick Off Pride Month. KINDRED PRIDE FOUNDATION VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyOgzqXEP94 The KindRED Pride Foundation…

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2019 IGLTA Honors: UN Human Rights Officer and ITB LGBT+ Travel Pavilion will receive awards at Global Convention

February 27, 2019 - Uncategorized

By Joey Amato The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association will present IGLTA Honors to Fabrice Houdart, Human Rights Officer at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York; and the ITB LGBT+ Travel Pavilion during its Annual Global Convention, 24-27…

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New Book Tackles Complexity of Gender Transition in Family of Evangelical Pastors

February 26, 2019 - Uncategorized

By Focus Staff Jonathan Williams was only three months into pastoring his conservative evangelical church plant when his father, also a pastor, came out as transgender. Paul became Paula and was immediately ousted from her community. Jonathan struggled, thinking: What is the right thing to…

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Tennessee: Two Steps Forward, Six Steps Back?

February 25, 2019 - Lauren Means, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Politics, Tennessee

By now you have probably heard at least chatter about some of the legal challenges being brought against the LGBT+ community in Tennessee. You might have also heard about some of the “wins” we have had in the past few weeks. We are going to…

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ECHO Center at IUPUI launches first HIV program to improve access to treatment

February 25, 2019 - Uncategorized

By Focus Staff The Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health ECHO Center at IUPUI has launched its first program focusing on HIV education, prevention and treatment in Indiana. The program is free and open to all members of the medical profession. The…

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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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