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Review: The Miseducation of Cameron Post

September 17, 2018 - Entertainment, Film, Lauren Means, LGBT Community, LGBT Youth, Review

By Lauren Means  |  Photo courtesy of Taylor Sprow/FilmRise If you have ever been a teenager, you will appreciate The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance Award Winning film, based on the young-adult novel by Emily Danforth, takes us on a journey into one…

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Sunday Soiree

First Openly LGBTQ Houston Mayor To Speak at Sunday Soiree

September 17, 2018 - Events, Fund Raising, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Community, LGBTQ Victory Fund, Nashville, News, Politician, Tennessee

by Selena Haynes  |  photo courtesy of LGBTQ Victory Fund The Victory Fund is hosting a Sunday Soiree in Nashville on Oct. 7 at Diskin Cider from 12-2pm. Come enjoy locally brewed cider and snacks while listening to the stories of national and local political…

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An Event-filled Fall

September 6, 2018 - Arts, Bridgestone, Drag Queens, Entertainment, Equality Clarksville, Events, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Murfreesboro, Music, Nashville, Nashville Cares, Pet Focus, Rutherford County, Tennessee

September 8 Tennessee Honey Festival A celebration of all things honey. Education, art, music, food. More info at USPest.com. Family friendly and free.   Outloud Music Festival One day music festival in midtown Nashville. Betty Who, Big Freedia, CupcakKe, and others. Ticket includes entry to…

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Labor Day Reflections

September 3, 2018 - Holidays, Lauren Means, LGBT Community

By Lauren Means Labor Day. For many people it is synonymous with lake days, barbecues, and a three day weekend. There is so much more behind this first Monday in September. Labor Day was founded as a dedication to the social and economic contributions and…

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Conversion Therapy Leaves a Lifetime of Damage

August 24, 2018 - Faith + Spirituality, Health + Wellness, LGBT Ally, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Tennessee

story by Tessie Austin | photo by Lauren Means   Conversion therapy can be known by many names, such as reparative therapy, ex-gay therapy, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE), and aversion therapy, just to name a few.   Many of us may have endured lectures about…

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Your 2018 Ms Tennessee Diamond Diva is…

August 16, 2018 - Events, LGBT Ally, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, MTSU, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Tennessee

story by Jojo Lorentson | photos provided by Mac Productions   Ms Chocolate Dior!   The Tennessee Diamond Diva is a pageant for femme LGBT+ women who are looking to express their individuality and self-expression. This year’s winner was Ms Chocolate Dior, Pernisha Ailworth.  …

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#IDOMARATHON couple to be married in all 50 states

August 16, 2018 - Faith + Spirituality, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Community, Nashville, Tennessee

story by Kelly Harrison | photos provided by Kacey Frierson and Chwanda Nixon   When Kacey Frierson and Chwanda Nixon started dating in 2010, they lived in Illinois. They were excited to move their family to Georgia in 2011 and make it their home state….

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Voter Apathy? Tennessee Ranks Last in Voter Turnout

August 16, 2018 - Lauren Means, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, News, Politician, Tennessee

Tennessee ranks dead last when it comes to voter turnout according to the most recent PEW report. With a voter turn out of only 29 percent, it’s evident we have some work to do. In addition, that same report has Tennessee ranked 40th in voter…

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Enter to Win Tickets to the OutLoud Music Festival! Courtesy of Focus Middle Tennessee

August 16, 2018 - Entertainment, Events, Giveaway, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Music, Nashville, Play

Here is your chance to enter to win tickets to the 2nd annual OutLoud Music Festival presented by Good Neighbor Festivals. We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away to our wonderful readers! Contest will run through September 3rd at 5pm CST. Winner will…

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VUMC Gender Clinic to open Aug 24; TransBuddy Program Offers Support for Trans Patients

August 10, 2018 - Health + Wellness, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, News, Tennessee, Trans Focus, Transgender

story by Kelly Harrison | base image courtesy of Wikipedia, edits by Leah Wright   Editor note: The VUMC Gender Clinic will open on August 24 and is now scheduling appointments for that afternoon. Email lgbti.health@vanderbilt.edu or call 615-936-3879 (Del Ray Zimmerman) for more information….

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