Club Spectrum celebrates its one-year anniversary this New Year's Eve with a year-end party featuring Miss Gay Missouri Nadia Simone, Jade Porchett of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3, Beverly Hills, and Memphis drag queen extraordinaire Demonica Santangelo.
The drag performance begins at 11 p.m., and there's a cash balloon drop at midnight. Listen to Spectrum's radio ad for more information.
Out and About, Nashville's LGBT newspaper, recently reported that Rolling Hills Hospital in Franklin, Tennessee denied multiple requests by Val Burke to visit her partner who was a patient in the hospital's residential facility. Burke said she wasn't allowed visitation because she wasn't a legal spouse or family member.
The practice of excluding non-family members from hospital visitation violates federal regulations that went into effect last January. Those rules require all hospitals participating in Medicaid and Medicare programs to permit patients to designate visitors of their choosing and prohibit discrimination in visitation based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Since the Rolling Hills event, the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) is calling on all hospitals to participate in the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Healthcare Equality Index. The annual survey rates hospitals based on how they treat LGBT patients and their partners or families.
“Denying a loving partner the right to be with his or her sick loved one shows the very personal side of anti-LGBT discrimination,” said TEP Nashville Chairman Chris Sanders. “We hope hospitals across
Tennessee and the country learn from this sad incident and ensure this never happens again. The starting point of this learning process is to participate in the Healthcare Equality Index.”
The health index survey is currently available for completion online.
If Southaven mayor Greg Davis had any hope of remaining in the closet, those hopes are dashed now. After admitting he is gay to the Commercial Appeal, the story went viral, even appearing on the Huffington Post and PinkNews, Europe's gay news service.
Davis told a Commercial Appeal reporter that he is gay after the daily newspaper uncovered receipts showing a $67 charge at Priape, a Toronto-based sex shop catering to gay men. He'd reportedly been in Toronto on a business recruiting trip. Other receipts showed Davis had spent thousands of dollars on liquor, expensive dinners, and a vacation using taxpayer funds.
Davis is currently under investigation for allegedly misusing $170,000 on city-issued and personal credit cards. He's been working to repay some of that money and has managed to pay off $96,000 to date.
Davis was divorced from his wife last year. The couple had three daughters. Davis, a Republican, ran an unsuccessful bid for Congress in 2008 on a "family values" platform.
Get your Christmas cheer on Friday evening (December 17th) at Club Spectrum's third installment of Party (with a Purpose).
This time, they're collecting new toys and non-perishable food items to donate to local charities over the holiday season. In return for a donation, your first drink is on the house.
The party begins at 8 p.m. Since every Friday night is College Night, patrons get in free with a student ID. Also, beers only cost $1 for students from 8 to 11 p.m.
For more information, check out the Party (with a Purpose) Facebook page.
The weekly free HIV testing at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center will go on as planned tonight (December 14th), but testers will be taking a holiday break for the remainder of the month.
Tonight's testing at 892 S. Cooper runs from 6 to 9 p.m., but there will be no testing done on Wednesday, December 21st or Wednesday, December 28th. Testing will resume on January 4th from 6 to 9 p.m.
Looking for a way to give back this holiday season but lack the extra funds to give? The Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center could use a few more volunteers.
There's a volunteer orientation tonight (December 13th) from 6 to 7 p.m. at 892 S. Cooper. Potential volunteers will learn the history of the city's gay community center, the impact of its programs and services, and what volunteer opportunities are available.
For more information, email Martavius here.
What do music, magic, dance, and burlesque have in common? They're all being performed this Friday evening at the Cabaret for the Cause fund-raiser to benefit the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC).
The show, scheduled for Friday, December 9th at Club Spectrum, will feature Lavinnia London of Memphis Raq's, a magic show by Justin Illusion, music by the Side Street Steppers, comedy by Sandy Kozik, hula-hoop artistry by K N Zoe Provino, and more.
The $10 ticket price will support the MGLCC's work, but those who donate five non-perishable food items for the center's food pantry will receive $5 off the ticket price. Also, those with a student ID will receive $5 off, and groups of 10 or more will receive the same discount.
For more information, check out the Cabaret for the Cause website.
Outflix will screen Make the Yuletide Gay, it's first ever holiday movie, tonight (Dec. 1) at Malco's Studio on the Square at 7:30 p.m.
Directed by Rob Williams, this comedy shares the story of Olaf "Gunn" Gunnunderson, an out-and-proud gay college student who's forced to crawl back into the closet to celebrate the holidays with his parents. Olaf plays along when his parents attempt to set him up with his female high school sweetheart, but he's stuck in a quandary when his boyfriend Nathan shows up on his parents' doorstep.
Tickets are $10.