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Pride Journey: Portland, Oregon

January 15, 2019 - Articles

By Joey Amato For years, my former boss at South Florida Gay News would rave about Portland, Oregon. He loved the free-spirited nature of the community as well as the abundance of outdoor activities available outside the city. After years of seeing Norm and other…

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo twirls its way to TPAC on Feb. 21

January 14, 2019 - Articles

By Focus Staff Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, hailed by “The Guardian” as “the funniest night you’ll ever have at the ballet,” comes to Nashville for a one-night engagement on Feb. 21 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Jackson Hall. Les Ballets Trockadero de…

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FabYOUlous Living, Inside and Out!

January 14, 2019 - Articles, Columns, Faith + Spirituality, Health + Wellness, Mental Health, Susan Gardner

By Susan Gardner Welcome to my new blog in Focus Middle Tennessee, where we take a realistic approach to simplicity. The January/February issue theme is FabYOUlous. In this first article, I will share how I came to know the FabYOUlous me, journeying through messes in…

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Pryce Le Myst.

Pryce Le Mysétre: Substance Behind the Music

January 14, 2019 - Articles, Joey Amato, LGBT Community, Music

by Joey Amato | Photos provided by MPACK Photography   There is something mysteriously appealing about one of Nashville’s up-and-coming LGBT+ musicians and it’s not just his name. Nobody can argue that Pryce Le Mystère is indeed very attractive, but in today’s world, it takes…

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Veronika Electronika

Veronika Electronika: Using Drag to Make a Difference

January 12, 2019 - Articles, Drag Queens, LGBT Advocate

by Joey Amato | Photos provided by Danielle Shields Photography   Veronika Electronika was born Steven Raimo in the early ’80s (a lady never reveals her true age) in Staten Island, New York to a family of working-class parents. Living only about 100 yards from…

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What To Do

“Must-Go” Events for Jan+Feb 2019

January 8, 2019 - Articles, Calendar, Entertainment, Events, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, What to Do

JAN 12 WILLIE: LIFE & SONGS OF AN AMERICAN OUTLAW 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Bridgestone Arena, 501 Broadway, Nashville. Tickets: $112-$125. ticketmaster.com   JAN 15-20 ‘ON YOUR FEET! THE STORY OF EMILIO & GLORIA ESTEFAN’ 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15-17; 8 p.m. Jan. 18; 2…

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Theatre Review: Peter Pan and Tinkerbell

December 19, 2018 - Articles

By Michael Ray Cantrell The production of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell consisted of some of today’s biggest stars from Disney, television’s Seinfeld, American Idol, and country music. Adorned with fairy dust and twinkling lights, the production opens in the land of dreams, in Wendy’s bedroom, where…

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Ask Allie


December 13, 2018 - Dear Allie, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Ally, LGBT Community, Sarah Rutledge Fischer

by Sarah Rutledge Fischer   Dear Allie, I recently took over office management for a small estate planning office in a medium sized city. My boss is an older, straight, white man, but he is incredibly accepting. Through word-of-mouth recommendations he has acquired a largish…

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BOYSTOWN Season Nine arrives in bookstores nationwide

December 13, 2018 - Articles

By Focus Staff “Your wait is over,” BOYSTOWN creator Jake Biondi told fans of his series. “It’s been ten months since the release of Season Eight and I think you’ll find Season Nine to be worth the wait.” BOYSTOWN Season Nine was officially released on…

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LGBT Musician Kenna Releases “In The Grey”

December 11, 2018 - Articles

By Focus Staff Nashville-based LGBT artist Kenna has released her latest EP titled In The Grey. The album has a recurring theme of beautiful uncertainty. The Grey is the space between the high and lows of life, where we heal and grow. Kenna’s vocals project that…

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