Before Friday's annual Orpheum screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Mid-South Pride will host "Antici...pation," a pre-film party in the Orpheum's Broadway Room.
The party features food from Momma's Old Style Catering and door prizes, like Rocky Horror gift bags, Mid-South Pride t-shirts, Dixon Gallery & Gardens family packets, and tickets to La Cage Aux Folles at the Orpheum in March 2012.
Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Door prizes will be announced at 7:15 p.m. As with every year's screening of Rocky Horror, costumes are STRONGLY encouraged.
The Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) is hosting a meet-and-greet with the Memphis City Council candidates endorsed by it's political action committee on Tuesday, August 30th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hi-Tone Cafe.
Attendees may also purchase a $5 straw poll ballot to vote for their favorite mayoral candidates. Proceeds benefit TEP's PAC.
For more on the event, check out this Facebook event page.
On another note, I'm going on vacation until Tuesday, so posts will return when I do.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) will host a workshop in Nashville this weekend aimed at helping LGBT organizations work more effectively with the media. The event will be held at St. Anne's Episcopal Church (419 Woodland) from 10 a.m. to noon, and will be led by GLAAD's Daryl Hannah. It's sponsored by the Tennessee Equality Project.
Here's what you'll learn:
* Learn about media opportunities you or your organization can use to expand your base and get your message to your target audience
* Create a communications plan you can use to move public opinion about your issues
* Develop a media vocabulary so you can speak clearly and effectively with journalists
* Build relationships with media professionals
* Become a resource for media outlets
* Learn simple, consistent ways to develop talking points you can shape for different media outlets
* Learn how to write press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor and other kinds of communication with the media
* Get comfortable with print, television and radio interviews
The workshop is recommended for leaders of LGBT organizations like Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), gay-straight alliances, pride organizations, community centers, chambers of commerce, and churches.
For more information (or to register), check out this post on TEP's Grand Divisions Blog.
Last week, the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) released a list of the most LGBT-friendly Memphis City Council candidates. They based their endorsements on whether or not sitting council members voted in favor of last year's non-discrimination ordinance and/or sought endorsements from TEP's political action committee.
This week, TEP added two current council members previously excluded from that PAC endorsement list: Jim Strickland and Myron Lowery.
They've also identified which candidates TEP endorses who are not currently serving on the council. Click here for a full list.
Get your hair clipped while raising money for dog and cat snips. The always-fabulous Mystic Krewe of Pegasus, the city's LGBT-friendly Mardi Gras krewe, is hosting a Haircut-a-thon to raise money for Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services this weekend.
The event will be held on Sunday, August 14th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gould's Salon (3412 Poplar Plaza). Haircut donations are $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 13. For more information, call 901-323-8594.
Wondering who to vote for in the upcoming Memphis City Council election?
You'll find a full list of how current council members and Mayor A C Wharton have handled local LGBT issues on the Grand Divisions blog. Blogger Jonathan Cole, vice-chair of the Tennessee Equality Project's Shelby County Committee, discusses how members voted on last year's proposed non-discrimination ordinance for LGBT city employees, as well as which members are endorsed by TEP's Political Action Committee.
Click here to see Cole's list.
Local filmmaker Morgan Jon Fox's long-awaited documentary, This Is What Love In Action Looks Like, is expected to make its Memphis premiere this fall.
But you can get your limited-edition poster promoting Fox's film, which chronicles the 2005 protests at the Memphis-based straight camp, right now. Those protests were sparked by 16-year-old Zack Stark's cry for help on his MySpace page after Stark was forced to attend a reparative therapy camp for teens.
The posters, designed by Christopher Reyes of Live From Memphis, feature shots of locals holding signs that read "It's OK to Be Gay" and "Fear Gay People, They Might Spread Happiness." Only 25 were printed, and each is hand-numbered and signed by Fox and Reyes. Click here to order.
Charlie Brown, an Atlanta-based drag queen and comic, will join Alexis Matteo from Ru Paul's Drag Race this weekend to benefit Mid-South Spay and Neuter Services. The show is scheduled for Saturday night (August 6th) from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Brown has been featured in HBO's Dragtime and has appeared in venues across the country since the 1970s. For 12 years, he held down a regular gig with the "Charlie Brown Cabaret" at Backstreet Club in Atlanta. Brown considers himself a female impersonator, and when he's not working in fabulous gowns and flashy jewelry, he appears as a 6'1" bald man named Charles Dillard.
Matteo hails from Puerto Rico and currently resides in Orlando, Florida. She was a dancer for Walt Disney World before being cast in VH-1's Ru Paul's Drag Race. After the Spectrum performance, Matteo will also perform at Crossroads at 12:30 a.m.
For more, check out the event's Facebook page.