Thursday, September 29, 2011

Project: NO WAY, Gurl!

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 3:27 PM

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Perhaps the only fashion show this year with a category for "Slut Wear," Project: NO WAY, Gurl! will feature the latest looks modeled by drag performers to benefit the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center.

The fashion show will be sponsored by Friend's of George's at Club Spectrum (616 Marshall) on Friday, Sept. 30th. Allysun Wunderland will host the event, which also includes categories for "Athletic Wear (for the Bedroom)" and "Evening Wear (for Ladies and Gentleman of the Evening)." Entry is $5.

For more information, go here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Extras Needed for Tennessee Queer

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 2:15 PM

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Local filmmaker Mark Jones (Eli Parker Is Getting Married, Fraternity Massacre at Hell Island) is seeking extras for his next feature-length digital film, Tennessee Queer.

Jones is looking for extras from all walks of life to shoot for 11 different sessions from Sept. 28th through Oct. 24th. Some extras will be cast as re-occurring characters and will need to be filmed on multiple days. Some extras will have speaking parts. E-mail Morgan Jon Fox, another local filmmaker who is helping Jones with the project, at tnq.extras@gmail.com with a recent photo and availability.

In the film, the lead character, Jason Potts, returns from his adult life living out and proud in New York to his hometown of Smyth, Tennessee. In an effort to show gay high school kids in the small town that life does get better, Potts asks the city council to approve a gay pride parade. He doesn't expect it to be approved, but he hopes the situation will earn him a little media attention so kids can see a successful gay man from their hometown.

But conservative council member Dwayne Cotton is seeking the mayoral seat and decides to support the parade so he can secretly figure out who is gay. He covertly plans to send his town's gay kids into a straight camp. As the parade date approaches, Jason and Dwayne's plans collide.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

TEP Organizes "Real Pro-Family Vote" at Bellevue

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 10:37 AM

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In response to Bellevue Baptist Church pastor Steve Gaines' anti-equality comments, the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) is calling on LGBT supporters to cast their early vote at Bellevue on Saturday, Sept. 24th at noon.

In a newsletter to Bellevue members, Gaines asked congregants to "educate themselves regarding the most recent attempts of the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) to advance their homosexual activist agenda." He was referring to TEP's endorsement of Memphis City Council candidates who supported the defeated non-discrimination ordinance last year or have been outspoken advocates for LGBT rights. Gaines warned church members that TEP is attempting to unseat councilmen who "stand for preserving family values."

Bellevue Baptist is an early voting location, and now, TEP is asking their supporters to show Gaines a "real pro-family vote" by casting their votes at Bellevue for candidates who support LGBT rights. They're asking advocates to wear purple and show up between noon and 1 p.m.

For more on the event, check out the Facebook page.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bellevue Pastor Asks Members to Vote Against Equality

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 10:56 AM

In a newsletter sent to members of Bellevue Baptist Church, pastor Steve Gaines asked congregants to "educate themselves regarding the most recent attempts of the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) to advance their homosexual activist agenda."

Recently, TEP's political action committee endorsed Memphis City Council candidates who supported the defeated non-discrimination ordinance last year or have been outspoken advocates for LGBT rights.

Gaines warned church members that TEP is attempting to unseat councilmen who "stand for preserving family values and protecting city employees and employers from having to take a position contrary to our Biblical beliefs in regards to the gay and lesbian lifestyle."

Click here to see TEP's response to Gaines' comments.

Here's a copy of the newsletter that was sent to Bellevue members:

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

MGLCC Launches "Gimme 5" Campaign

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 1:28 PM

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In an effort to maintain a reliable funding source, the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center has launched the "Gimme 5" campaign asking supporters to give money or time in increments of five.

For example, donors can pledge $5 a day, $5 a week, or even as little as $5 a month. Or supporters who might be pressed for cash can volunteer five hours a week or five hours a month.

From the MGLCC's newsletter:

"In the course of one week, what do you spend $5 or 5 minutes or 5 hours doing? Without even blinking an eye, I can spend $5 on soft drinks each week or buying coffee for a friend and myself, or even occasionally indulging in a glass of wine. But what if I gave up a few colas and automatically gave $5 to MGLCC instead? I might shed a pound or two (or 5) but I would also be helping my community by systematically supporting the operations of MGLCC. Without even blinking an eye, my $5 a week will provide a predictable source of support to MGLCC so it can plan for the future and carry out its important work without missing a beat."

To participate, click here and click on the Donate Now button.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Emerald Theatre Company Presents Book of Liz

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 11:38 AM

In her small community of cult-like Christians who live without amenities, Liz spends her days making fabulous cheeseballs. But when a man from a neighboring community decides to become her apprentice, Liz gets frustrated and runs away to explore the modern world.

That's the basic plot behind Amy and David Sedaris' comedic play Book of Liz, put on by the city's LGBT theatre group, Emerald Theatre Company. Catch the show at TheatreWorks (2085 Monroe) on Friday, Sept. 16th or Saturday, Sept. 17th at 8 p.m., or watch the matinee on Sunday, Sept. 18th at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for seniors and students with a valid I.D. Call 272-0909 for reservations.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Paragraph 175 Film Producer at Outflix

Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM

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On Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 p.m., film and television producer Howard Rosenman (Father of the Bride, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) will be town for the Memphis premiere of his documentary Paragraph 175 at Malco's Ridgeway Four Theater in conjunction with the Outflix Film Festival.

Paragraph 175 focuses on the 100,000 Berlin men arrested for homosexuality under the German penal code during the Holocaust.

Rosenman will also present "The Hollywood Sell," his seminar on producing for the big screen, on Sunday, September 18th from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Memphis College of Art's Callicott Auditorium. That event is presented by Indie Memphis and Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Outflix Film Festival Starts This Week

Posted By on Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 2:49 PM

From campy comedies to serious documentaries, this year's Outflix Film Festival line-up is more diverse than ever.

Films will be screened every night from Friday, Sept. 9th through Thursday, Sept. 15th at Malco's Ridgeway Theater. The festival kicks off with From Hollywood to Dollywood, a documentary following two men who go on a mission to deliver their script to Dolly Parton. That's followed by a screening of Leave It On the Floor, about a kid who moves to L.A. after being thrown out of his home.

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Other highlights include Circumstance (a documentary about two Iranian girls discovering their sexuality), We Were Here (a documentary chronicling the impact of AIDS in San Francisco), and The Wise Kids (a coming-of-age drama).

For a full schedule, go to the Outflix website. To read more about the festival highlights, check out Flyer film editor Chris Herrington's column.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Love In Action Ends Residential Program

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 3:18 PM

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A note on Memphis-based ex-gay ministry Love in Action's website says the residential program has been suspended indefinitely.

According to the online statement: "Simply put, there is a significant need to bring all of LIA under one location for it to be more cost effective. We continue to counsel and grow through our 4-Day Intensives, Hourly Counseling, Conferences, Support Groups, and Church Assistance Program. Find out more information on these pages under our Programs page."

Love In Action came under fire in 2005 when equality advocates began protesting outside the facility in response to complaints that 16-year-old Zack Stark had been enrolled in LIA's youth program against his will. Love In Action has since ended Refuge, the youth program, and it's main focus has been on the adult residential program. The ministry is the subject of a newly released documentary — This Is What Love In Action Looks Like — by local filmmaker Morgan Jon Fox. He'll be premiering the film here at Indie Memphis in November.

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