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Dr. Marisa Richmond

Dr. Marisa Richmond: Uncertain Times

October 7, 2017 - Uncategorized

by Mary Reeves | Photos by H.N. James “It’s going to be a very rough ride over the next three and a half years.” That’s the word from Dr. Marisa Richmond about the fight for LGBT rights, both on the local and the national levels. Richmond,…

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Sinclair set to play Franklin’s Pilgrimage Festival in September

September 20, 2017 - Articles, Music, Uncategorized

Her music and unique voice permeate your soul. If ever there was a true love affair, Sinclair and her music is it. As she walked into Zollie’s Koffee for the interview, her personality resonated as deeply as the uniqueness of the church pews on which…

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What’s In a Name

September 14, 2017 - Health + Wellness, Trans Focus, Uncategorized

What’s In a Name: An inside look at the process of a name change when you are transgender. by Jamie Lewis I changed my name recently. As it turns out, people struggle to take a woman named Jacob very seriously, so a choice was made….

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Embrace the Messies

September 13, 2017 - Articles, Columns, Health + Wellness, Mental Health, Uncategorized

by Susan Gardner, CPO-CD Behind the world of minimalism, organization, Ikeas, and Container Stores, lurks the world of messies. Messies can be out by the nature of their public desk and challenged time management while others remain hidden behind façades of orderliness or behind closed doors, known only…

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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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Not Your Momma’s Rock n’ Roll

July 29, 2017 - Question and Answer, Uncategorized

Six of the busiest musicians around are all part of Fame+Fiction. Kristen Ford, lead guitarist, plays nearly 200 shows a year as a solo artist. She also has another project, The Blu Janes, and she’s getting married! Kelsey Von Strantz plays cello and violin. She…

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Being comfortable in your own skin

July 17, 2017 - Columns, Uncategorized

Coming out is a process that is different for everyone. In the end, you’re the one who makes the decision about who you come out to and how. But these all-purpose tips can help you through the process. Consider the “who” and “why” before deciding…

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Chef Jay Kill and Francisco Bermudez

Focus Middle Tennessee launches with ‘Coming Out’ party

June 28, 2017 - Uncategorized

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Focus Middle Tennessee launched with a coming out party at The Lipstick Lounge in Nashville for its “Coming Out” issue on Friday, June 23. “Everyone was excited about the magazine that we spoke with that night. We have received nothing but positive feedback…

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Jack Mackenroth at A Modern Social

jack mackenroth guest speaker celebrating 30 plus years of Nashville Cares

June 19, 2017 - Articles, Uncategorized

story and photo by Selena Haynes Celebrate, Reflect, Conversate with Jack Mackenroth, Others Jack Mackenroth, most widely known for his participation as a fashion designer on Season 4 of Project Runway where he disclosed his positive HIV status, was among the guest speakers for Nashville…

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Bridging the Gap: Focus Middle Tennessee Launches June 23

May 18, 2017 - Uncategorized

For Immediate Release Contact: Selena Haynes selena@focusmidtenn.com 615.603.6169 Bridging the Gap: Focus magazine to publish June 23, 2017 NASHVILLE – The premier issue of Focus Middle Tennessee magazine debuts June 23. The magazine will provide a centralized place, online and in print, for lesbian, gay, bisexual…

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