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Launch Pad Nashville: Providing warm shelter to homeless youth in Davidson County

January 3, 2018 - LGBT Youth

By Brian Goins Derek Gibson is one of the founders of Launch Pad, an organization dedicated to preventing and addressing homelessness in Davidson County. The shelter, a 501c3 organization, provides cold-weather shelter for ages 18 to 24, with a special emphasis on LGBT+ youth. It…

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Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt

Building on the tapestry: Sharing his story of loss

January 3, 2018 - LGBT Community, Uncategorized

Dave Daniels has learned what is essential for him to not only survive, but thrive for a lifetime By Laura Valentine October 24 is a significant day for Dave Daniels. On this day in 1988, he would receive the news of his HIV-positive status and…

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Meghan Linsey

Meghan Linsey roars on new album, ‘Bold Like a Lion’

December 28, 2017 - Uncategorized

By Brian Goins Bold Like a Lion is an understatement when it comes to describing Meghan Linsey. The performer, who got her start in the duo Steel Magnolia, has had her share of spotlight recently for standing her ground on issues. In September, Linsey sang…

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New Year's Eve

LGBT+ NYE: Plan your New Year’s Eve now

December 20, 2017 - Events

NYE MASQUERADE 2018 10 p.m. Dec. 31 at Pecker’s Bar & Grill, 237 Hermitage Ave., Nashville. Click here for more information. NYE WITH SPECIAL GUEST KIM CHI Play mates show, balloon drop, champagne toast and music by DJ Remedy. Sunday Dec. 31 at Play Dance…

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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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End the Epidemic summit convenes in Nashville on World AIDS Day

November 30, 2017 - LGBT Community, WORLD AIDS DAY

NASHVILLE — Nashville CARES applauds the Office of Mayor Megan Barry and the Metro Nashville Public Health Department for observing World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 by convening a community summit to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in greater Nashville. The summit, according to a press…

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Levi Kreis

Tony Award winning artist Levi Kreis to perform at City Winery 

November 30, 2017 - Entertainment, Events

By David Pearce Tony Award winning artist Levi Kreis is set for a one-night performance in Nashville that will fill your heart with love and the warmth that only this Tennessee native can bring. Kreis grew up in Oliver Springs, Tenn., just outside of Oak…

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Light of Hope Award

Focus magazines to be honored with Light of Hope Award

November 27, 2017 - Focus Midsouth magazine

MEMPHIS — Focus Mid-South and Focus Middle Tennessee magazines will be honored with the Light of Hope Award, awarded by Shelby County Health Department. The award is presented annually to recognize a person, business or organization in the community that has demonstrated activities to increase…

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Holiday Events

Discover Middle Tennessee: 8 holiday events off the beaten path

November 23, 2017 - Events, Middle Tennessee, Nashville

by Lauren Means The holidays are upon us here in Middle Tennessee and there is no shortage of activities and attractions to visit. There are many staples such as Gaylord Opryland’s “A Country Christmas,” but there are many wonderful events off the beaten path. These…

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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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