If you order tickets for Opera Memphis' January 31st production of Orpheus , mention "MGLCC" and $5 of the ticket price will be donated to the life-saving programs at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center.
To order tickets and make a donation, call 257-3100
Artist Ellyhana Watts-Hall will showcase her work in her first public art show at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (892 S. Cooper) from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 29th.
State representative Stacey Campfield's "Don't Say Gay" bill, which bans teaching or providing materials on any sexuality other than heterosexuality in grades K-8, will be heard in committee tomorrow.
The Flyer has been following this controversial bill for several years. Go here to read our original story on Campfield's bill. Just for fun, here's an excerpt of Campfield reasoning why he thinks such a bill is necessary:
"If I were to say 'Jack and Jill went up the hill' or 'George Washington and Martha Washington were husband and wife,' there are groups out there that would say we were pushing a heterosexual agenda. To keep those lawsuits from coming, I thought we should still be able to talk about that side of it," Campfield says.
Those who wish to fight against such legislation are encouraged to attend the Tennessee Equality Project's (TEP) Lobbying 101 Workshop on Thursday, January 28th at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (892 S. Cooper) from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information on the workshop, go here.
What's the holdup with the Memphis non-discrimination ordinance protecting city employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity? That's the topic of discussion at this month's Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) Shelby County Committee meeting on Tuesday, January 26th.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (892 S. Cooper). For more information, go here.
With the credit card bills from Christmas spending rolling in, it's easy to feel the post-holiday blues. But the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) hopes to lift a few spirits with their Post-Holiday Recovery Party on Saturday, January 23rd.
Beginning at 8 p.m., attendees will gather for card and board games, as well as hot cocoa, hot cider, and snacks. They'll even have a fire going in the backyard of their 892 S. Cooper location for roasting marshmallows.
Cover charge is $8. For more information, go to MGLCC's website.
Those interested in advancing equality for transgender people in Tennessee might gain some insight on the matter at the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition's (TTPC) statewide winter meeting in Nashville.
The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 23rd, and potential attendees are asked to e-mail or call TTPC for location information. The organization can be reached at (615) 293-6199.
Among the items likely to be discussed are the National Center for Transgender Equality Congressional Lobby Days in Washington, D.C. from March 14th through the 16th. At that time, trans people and supporters will gather in the capital to urge members of Congress to adopt the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
TTPC is an organization designed to educate and advocate on behalf of transgender-related legislation at the federal, state and local levels.
The people at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) think you can change a life with $10. That is, if enough people are willing to shell out the ten bucks.
MGLCC has launched a new "$10 in 2010" fund-raising campaign, requesting individual donations of $10 for the entire year. The funds — along with the anonymous donation of $50,000 that MGLCC received over the holidays — will go toward MGLCC's various programs.
The money might be used to help find shelter for a homeless teen, to assist a transgender woman in obtaining healthcare, or to pay for counseling for a young suicidal lesbian. To donate or for more information, go here.
For most of the '90s, Meristem in Cooper-Young served as the city's only LGBT bookstore. It closed down in 1998, but a new women's book club has just launched in its honor.
The Meristem Book Club is open to all lesbian, bisexual, and straight women interested in reading books by women and LGBT authors. It meets on the first and third Monday and second Wednesday of every month at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (892 S. Cooper).
Members are expected to read at least part of the agreed-upon book, and all women will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions during book club meetings.
For more information, e-mail Audrey.
The Nashville Post reported this week that U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Nashville is among 37 members of Congress and two senators attempting to fight Washington, D.C.'s gay marriage law.
Blackburn and the others signed onto a friend of the court brief supporting a referendum on D.C.'s legalizing of gay marriage. That referendum could overturn the D.C. City Council's decision to allow gay marriage in the nation's capital. D.C.'s election board has ruled that the referendum would discriminate against gays and lesbians.
The D.C. City Council voted to legalize gay marriage in mid-December, putting the capital in the ranks with five other states that now allow same-sex marriage.
Over the holidays, an anonymous donor gave the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) a very generous gift — $50,000 to put toward their efforts to help LGBT teens and young adults in need of financial, medical, psychological, and legal support.
The center's Youth Empowerment Services (YES) program has been overwhelmed since its inception. Volunteers and staff have actually paid money from their own pockets to help gay youth in need. According to an MGLCC statement, the number of displaced or homeless gay young adults in the program grew sharply last year.
The donated funds will be used to connect LGBT youth with food, temporary or transitional housing, legal advocacy, medical aid, and more. Some of the money will help MGLCC re-stock its emergency food pantry and clothes closet and hire another staffer at the center to oversee the YES program.
“The suicide rate among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender teens is two to three times that of heterosexual youth,” says Batts. “The rates of homeless youth are much higher as well. We can’t continue to let that happen in our community. In the past few months, we have barely been able to keep up with the number of kids who need our help. We haven’t had the resources or the staff to provide for all of these kids. Thankfully, this grant will provide the next steps in ensuring a better future for all youth in need of our services. “
Start 2010 off on the right foot and get tested for HIV at the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center (892 S. Cooper).
MGLCC offers free oral swab testing every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m. Counselors are on hand to give advice on HIV prevention, and trained professionals are available to answer sexual health questions. The HIV test should take no longer than 20 minutes.
For more information, go to MGLCC's website.