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Love, faith and a journey

May 6, 2018 - Faith + Spirituality

by Laura Valentine  |  Photos courtesy of Elliott and Phildora Prigmore-Lewis On the surface, the LGBT+ community and Pentecostal Church don’t seem like communities with a natural affinity for each other, but Elliott and Phildora Prigmore-Lewis have found their spiritual home at Mt. Pisgah Fellowship,…

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Shaun Arroyo

‘Know that there is someone out there who will help you through it’

March 9, 2018 - LGBT Community, Trans Focus, Transgender

by Brian Goins  /  photo by H.N. James When Shaun Arroyo thinks about his favorite Pride celebrations, two come to mind: His first, which he celebrated in New York City; and in 2015 in Nashville, when the Supreme Court declared marriage equality the law of…

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It’s Just Who I am: Transgender

February 26, 2018 - Articles, Columns, It’s Just Who I am, Lauren Means, Question and Answer, Transgender

Dispelling myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes by Lauren Means Note: This series is not meant to place labels. The purpose is to educate and to open up conversations among people. This is not all-inclusive in terms of questions, facts, or terminology. This is a starting point…

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Karie Adair

Karie Adair steps down from Rutherford County Commissioner race

January 24, 2018 - LGBT Advocate, LGBT Community, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee

Karie Adair, who is Tennessee’s first transgender woman running for office, has announced today that she will step down from the County Commissioner in Rutherford County race and place her full support behind fellow Democrat Jennifer Edwards. Adair, who announced her run on Nov. 12,…

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Matthew Navarre Moore

‘Just be yourself’

January 5, 2018 - Focus Midsouth magazine, Trans Focus, Uncategorized

Matthew Navarre Moore and his mom, Joydianne, share his story by Mary Reeves | photos by HN JAMES Matt Moore opened the door to his home, a handsome, quiet, confident young man of 17. Curly black hair, frank blue eyes, a few day’s growth of…

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Transgender Day Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance: MT Lambda hopes to keep the memories of victims alive

November 8, 2017 - LGBT Community

by Lauren Means and Diah March | photo submitted Middle Tennessee State University’s (MTSU) LGBT+ student organization, MT Lambda, will observe Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDOR) on Nov. 18 with an evening vigil and guest speaker in front of the Student Union. They will have…

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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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