Drag performer Demonica Santangilo has made quite the name for herself in Memphis. In the Backstreet days, she made loyal fans with high kicks that could rival any Olympic gymnast. She carried her loyal following to Club Spectrum, where she's continued performing every weekend. She's even represented Memphis in the Miss Gay America pageant.
But Demonica will soon be high-kicking out of the Bluff City with her sights set on Atlanta. Club Spectrum is hosting a going-away party on Saturday, March 31st beginning at 8 p.m.
Check out this clip of Demonica appearing on a 2008 episode of The Jerry Springer Show.
The Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center may soon be home to a support group for victims of same-sex domestic violence.
"Love Doesn't Hurt," a fund-raiser to benefit the group's start-up, will be held at Crossroads on Saturday, March 31st from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will feature drag performances by Pat McCooter, Beverly Hills, Will Ryder, Jade Porchett, and others. Guest speakers will include District Attorney General Amy Weirich, Domestic Violence Unit Leader Karen Cook, and domestic violence survivors.
Cash donations or donations of personal hygiene items for the start-up group will be collected at the door. Needed items include deodorant, soap, toothbushes, toothpaste, bras in any size, and underwear (male and female).
For more information on the event, check out this Facebook page.
Learn about legal issues surrounding transgender marriages, wills and estates for LGBT families, custody issues, cyber-bullying, and gay-straight alliance formation at the second annual LGBT Legal Symposium at the University of Mississippi School of Law on Friday, March 23rd.
Held in the Robert C. Khayat Law Center, classes at the symposium will be led by well-known names within the LGBT legal community. There's also a panel on ethics and diversity in the legal profession moderated by D'Arcy Kemnitz, executive director of the National LGBT Bar Association.
For those who can't attend the symposium in person, 25 virtual seats are being offered through live streaming video on the internet.
On the night of the 23rd, there's a LGBT Alumni & Allies Association Dinner at Butler Auditorium at the Inn at Ole Miss. The dinner runs from 6 to 8 p.m., and guests will have a chance to network with the class presenters from the symposium.
What's better than a pint of Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls after a break-up? Hearing other people's depressing break-up stories. That's what.
The Emerald Theatre Company cast are sharing their tales of romance gone bad this weekend in their sequel to The Break-Up Show, which was originally performed last spring. The show features real people sharing their real break-up stories.
The show opens at 8 p.m. on March 22nd and runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through March 31st. General admission is $15 or $8 for seniors and students with a valid ID. For more information, call 272-0909.
Indie rock performer Husky In Denial is hosting his CD release party Friday night with DJ Tempest at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (892 S. Cooper) from 6 to 9 p.m.
The free event will feature a live performance and plenty of Godiva chocolates. There will be a raffle for band merch with half the proceeds going back to the community center. Husky In Denial describes his music as "gutsy music, combining elements of indie rock, progressive rock, and trip hop with animal nerve and autistic eccentricity."
For more on Husky In Denial, check out his website.
Memphis-based shipping giant FedEx has gradually improved its LGBT-friendly status over the years, most recently by announcing a savings program for National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) constituents.
The FedEx Advantage Savings Program offers up to 26 percent off on FedEx shipping rates for the NGLCC's affiliate members and certified suppliers. The NGLCC represents around 1.4 million LGBT businesses and entrepreneurs in the U.S.
Also, FedEx began offering same-sex domestic partner health benefits to its 225,000-plus U.S. employees in January.
Free blood pressure screenings and personalized diet planning are just a couple of the services to be offered at a Gay Men's Health Workshop on Wednesday, March 7th at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (892 S. Cooper).
Levi Collins, a nursing student from Southwest Tennessee Community College, is hosting the event, which will also include discussions on maintaining holistic health as a gay man, recommendations for STD testing and immunizations, leading causes of death among men and MSM (men who have sex with men), and prevention factors associated with these causes.
The event begins at 4 p.m. with blood pressure screenings. The health discussion will start at 5:30 p.m., and diet planning will occur between 6:30 and 9 p.m. Those who wish to have their diets analyzed should bring in a food journal of what they've eaten over the past few days.
The free Planned Parenthood-sponsored HIV testing service at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center will resume on Wednesday evenings, thanks to United States District Judge William Haynes' decision to grant a preliminary injunction to stop the state from excluding Planned Parenthood from HIV and syphilis testing programs.
The weekly testing was halted in February after the state Department of Health rescinded Planned Parenthood's grants for HIV and syphilis testing. The MGLCC testing runs from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday at 892 S. Cooper.
Other sites where testing will resume include:
* GetWell Community Clinic, 3055 Watson Street
Each Monday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
* The University of Memphis, University Center, Room 203
Each Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (except for school breaks and exam weeks)
* Caritas Village Coffee Shop, 2509 Harvard Avenue
Each Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Haywood High School principal Dorothy Bond resigned after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent a letter to the school district's superintendent over anti-gay comments she allegedly made at a school assembly.
Bond allegedly told gay students they were "not on God's path" and threatened to expel them if they were caught showing public affection for same-sex students.
Haywood County's school board made this statement through its law firm: "The Haywood County Board of Education acknowledges its student body’s right to free speech. Further, the Haywood County Board of Education strives to provide an atmosphere of tolerance and diversity while maintaining high academic standards."
For more on the story, see yesterday's Memphis Gaydar post .
Haywood High School principal Dorothy Bond allegedly said gay students were "not on God's path" and threatened to expel them if they were caught showing public affection for same-sex students, according to reports made to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) by students. Now the ACLU of Tennessee has sent a letter to the Haywood County school district superintendent.
The comments were reportedly made at an assembly on February 9th. Bond allegedly also told students that gay people are "ruining their lives," and she said public displays of affection among gay students could result in 60-day suspensions, alternative school assignments, and even expulsion. However, the ACLU claims the school's current policy on public displays of affection is neutral in regard to sexual orientation.
Calls by the Memphis Flyer to Haywood County Superintendent of Schools Marlon King have not yet been returned.
According to the ACLU, Bond has made past homophobic remarks, such as telling a lesbian student that she would go to hell for being gay. Bond also reportedly has incorporated prayers and proselytizing into school events.
The ACLU is requesting that Haywood High School clarify that students have the constitutional right to identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual. The group also wants the district to acknowledge that two students of the same sex are dating, to allow students to express LGBT-friendly political views, and to provide students with an education free from religion.