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Just Us

Turning lives around: Pam Sheffer and team at Just Us is making a difference in teens’ lives

March 12, 2018 - LGBT Community, LGBT Youth

By Brian Goins Pam Sheffer spent 23 years in corporate health insurance sales before she took a leap into the unfamiliar non-profit arena. “It was a really lucrative career,” she said. “But as I got to that 40-something (age) window of time, I started to…

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A call for LGBT stories for upcoming Storyteller event

March 9, 2018 - Events, LGBT Community

Kristen Chapman Gibbons, a well known local curator of storytelling, is calling for participants in an upcoming storyteller project in partnership with TEP and Metro Arts. Gibbons recently posted this plea on social media: “Are you in the LGBTQ community here in Nashville? Might you…

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Bisexual Resource Center Celebrates 5th Annual Bisexual Health Awareness Month in March

March 4, 2018 - Health + Wellness, LGBT Community, News

BISEXUAL RESOURCE CENTER CELEBRATES 5th ANNUAL BISEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH IN MARCH Fifth year of social media campaign to improve health of bi+ community will reflect on past progress and identify actions to shape the future Boston, MA – The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) will…

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Couples Making It Work

March 4, 2018 - Couples Making it Work, David and Johnny, Entertainment, Events, LGBT Advocate, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Nashville, Nashville Cares, POZ, Question and Answer, Relationship Influencers, Tennessee

DATING & RELATIONSHIP Q&A MIXER, COCKTAILS & CONVERSATIONS: INTIMATE CONVERSATIONS WITH COUPLES MAKING IT WORK. Guests Included “Relationship Influencers” David & Johnny (from NYC’s POZ Magazine & Real Health Magazine), Dee & Wes (local Certified Life Coaches & Event Planners) March 1, 2018- Nashville, TN-Calling…

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Steph McKay

Steph McKay: ‘There’s no greater feeling than loving what you do’

January 26, 2018 - Food and Beverage, Q&A with Chef Jay

by Chef Jay Kill, photo by H.N. James This month, Chef Jay Kill sits down with fellow chef Steph McKay of Sunflower Café. Have questions related to anything and everything Food+Drink? Email them to QAChefJay@focusmidtenn.com. Has being gay affected your choice to be in the hospitality…

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REVIEW: “Call Me By Your Name” is a sultry masterpiece

January 17, 2018 - Entertainment, Events, Film, LGBT Community

By Brian Goins Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” based on the novel by André Aciman, is a quiet, subtle and unassuming exploration of coming of age sexuality and love. Elio, a brooding and creative 17-year-old, meets Oliver, who arrives at their Italian villa…

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REVIEW: Oh What a Night at TPAC

January 11, 2018 - Arts, Entertainment, Events, Leah Wright, Middle Tennessee, Music, Nashville, Recap, Review

Jersey Boys takes Nashville by storm by Leah Wright | photos courtesy of Joan Mason (Pictured above: Corey Greenan, Tommaso Antico, Jonny Wexler and Chris Stevens) The energy was inescapable as the sounds of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons reverberated through TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall…

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Equality Clarksville

Blazing a trail: Equality Clarksville provides a safe space for the community

January 10, 2018 - LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee

by Leslee White Equality Clarksville is a non profit organization made up of LGBT community members and heterosexual allies. Their primary mission is to provide education about the LGBT community in the Clarksville area. Their message is clear: You are NOT alone. We are all…

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Preds Pride Night

Preds Pride Night is on Feb. 22

January 8, 2018 - LGBT Community, Uncategorized

Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce presents Pride Night at Bridgestone Arena’s Predators game on Feb. 22. The event will have a pre-game reception for members. In its third year, the event is one that shows the support the Nashville community has for the LGBT community….

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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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