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Christin Baker, founder of tello films

Nashville-Based Tello Films Receives Emmy Nomination

August 16, 2017 - Agency33, Articles, Entertainment, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Community

Nashville, TN (August 16, 2017) – Recently, tello Films received its first Emmy nomination for their original web series “secs & EXECS.” Actress, Mindy Sterling received the nomination for her role in the series. Sterling, best known for her role as Frau Farbissina in the “Austin…

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Nashville Roller Girls

Nashville Rollergirls are rolling to top of league

August 13, 2017 - Articles, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Ally

It’s been called the fastest growing female sport in America and it’s right here in Nashville. Our very own Nashville Rollergirls (NRG) are currently skating in their 11th season and rolling to the top of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) rankings. Forty ladies…

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Fame & Fiction


August 8, 2017 - Agency33, Articles, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Community, Music

NASHVILLE, TN (July 26, 2017) – Nashville-based alternative 6-piece queer rock band FAME&FICTION will embark on their first tour ever beginning next week. Collectively, FAME&FICTION write and develop songs around the energy of 6 souls rocking out in an East Nashville basement together. While FAME&FICTION’s sound…

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The SOAR logo was designed in part by attendees and then finalized and brought to fruition by Stu Kilgour, a regular SOAR attendee.

Seeds of Acceptance Rutherford (SOAR)

August 5, 2017 - Articles, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Ally, LGBT Community, Uncategorized

For the founders of SOAR: Seeds of Acceptance Rutherford, Mandy Ray-Jones and Rebekah Dawson, it was not difficult to see that there was a lack of support and education for the LGBTQ+ community in the Murfreesboro area. Aside from MT Lambda, an MTSU organization for…

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Chris Sanders: TEP Leader Serves Community

August 1, 2017 - Articles, LGBT Advocate

“When Game of Thrones is on, everything stops for that hour in the week. I’ve read all the books and I’m waiting for the next.” Reading and learning is how Chris Sanders chooses to spend what little time he has to himself. “I relax and…

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Q+A with Chef Jay

Meet Chef Jay Kill

July 19, 2017 - Articles, Columns, Food and Beverage, LGBT Advocate, Question and Answer

Focus welcomes our new food+beverage columnist, Chef Jay Kill. He will be answering your most burning questions. Before he begins, we thought it would be nice for our readers to learn about him. Do you remember when you realized you were gay? Interesting question… I knew…

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Half Hill Farm owners Vince Oropesa, left, and Christian Grantham

Two men on a mission at Half Hill Farm

July 18, 2017 - Articles, Food and Beverage, Health + Wellness

When Christian Grantham returned to Middle Tennessee from Washington D.C. with his husband Vince Oropesa, he wasn’t sure what to expect. It only took a year for his home state to tell him how it viewed his marriage when voters overwhelmingly approved a ban on…

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Rescues Give Humans Purpose

July 17, 2017 - Articles, Pet Focus

by Bonnie Glassco | photo by H.N. James TYPICALLY, THE PURPOSE OF RESCUING DOGS IS TO SAVE THE LIFE OF THE DOG. SOMETIMES DURING THE PROCESS, HUMANS ARE SAVED. Justin Way is one of those human lives and his five-year-old pit-bull Reese is his savior. Before we can meet…

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MTSU alumna charts course for inclusion, diversity

July 17, 2017 - Articles, LGBT Advocate, Michelle Willard

While navigating the challenges of transitioning during her senior year at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Morgan Hunlen helped create a safe place for future students to land. A trained pilot and transwoman, Hunlen graduated from MTSU with honors in spring 2016. But before she…

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Davidson County Judge Rachel Bell joins other Tennessee politicians on coming out and shares the importance of doing so

July 14, 2017 - Articles

by Michelle Willard | photos courtesy of Rachel Bell Davidson County Judge Rachel Bell learned early to be courageous in her life. At 13 years old, she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. She had to learn to cope with and manage her disease to reach…

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