Occidental Dissent, a website with a black history month series highlighting negative stories about black people and a memorial wall for "victims" of the "war against white people," has denounced the Tennessee Equality Project as being "committed to destroying white Christian Tennessee."
The Tennessee Equality Project is dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of LGBT people in the state. The Memphis chapter has pushed for non-discrimination policies in the city and county and were successful at the county level.
In the post on the racist website made on August 30th, Hunter Wallace called TEP a "genocidal organization" for what he considers the group's plan to dismantle the "Southern white Christian majority."
According to the post: "The goal of the 'Tennessee Equality Project' to make Tennessee less Southern, less white, less Christian, and less conservative through mass immigration and multiculturalism — what they call 'a strong commitment to diversifying the region' — in order to create a majority of hostile and resentful aliens that will allow liberals to dominate the state and redistribute the wealth of the existing white Christian majority."
(Note: Any reference to "white" on the Occidental Dissent website is capitalized, but those words were lowercased in this post.)
Tickets for the 15th annual Outflix Film Festival are on sale, and because of a venue remodel, festival-goers are encouraged to buy tickets in advance. The festival runs from September 7th through the 13th.
The Malco Ridgeway Theater, where Outflix is held each year, has been fitted with stadium seating, but there are now less seats per theater. Some films are expected to sell out.
To purchase tickets, the proceeds of which benefit the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center, go here.
The line-up this year includes United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (a documentary on the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement), (A)Sexual (a film about asexuals struggling to claim their identity in a sex-obsessed culture), Facing Mirrors (the first transgendered film out of Iran), Kiss Me (a Swedish lesbian love story), and many, many others.
Click here for a full line-up.
Memphis Flyer reporter Elizabeth Cooper wrote about a local group of religious leaders who held an equality rally here last week and a gay minister from Chicago who is planning a pro-gay marriage rally in September.
Both the local group and the Chicago minister's efforts are a response to the anti-Barack Obama Coalition of African American pastors led by Memphis minister Bill Owens.
Read the article here.
A fund-raiser for the Shelby County Democratic Party will focus on attracting progressives with a stake in pro-equality legislation.
The party, scheduled for Saturday, August 18th from 6 to 9 p.m., features barbecue, drinks, and a silent auction that includes a private in-home dinner party prepared by chef Michael Patrick of Rizzo's Diner.
The fund-raiser will be held at the home of John and Linda Sowell (2815 Lombardy) in Chickasaw Gardens.
See the Facebook page for more information.
In response to a local group of anti-gay marriage pastors who have expressed disapproval of President Barack Obama protest because of the president's support of marriage equality, a group of pro-gay clergy will take to the street to show their support for the LGBT community.
On Thursday, August 16th at noon, a group of local clergy from a number of faiths and denominations — calling itself "Clergy Demanding Rights for All" — will meet in front of the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) at 892 S. Cooper.
"In reality, LGBT people are as much a part of the fabric of religious life as they are any other aspect of our society. Several houses of worship in the Mid-South are open, affirming, and welcoming of LGBT members. The list of these supportive houses of worship continues to grow as the congregations do the work of fully including all people who share their faith," reads a news release promoting the event.
The local Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) chapter is making a $15,000 donation to the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) on Monday night. An open-to-the-public presentation ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at 892 S. Cooper.
The money will be used to support all of MGLCC programs and services, which are currently being utilized by around 4,500 MGLCC guests.
Earlier this year, PFLAG donated $5,000 to the center's counseling referral program, which pairs LGBT people with counselors who respect every individual regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
"For 40 glorious years, [PFLAG has] been educating, supporting and advocating for gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender persons worldwide. PFLAG is one of the oldest and most far-reaching gay rights organizations in the United States, with over 200,000 members and 350 local chapters. But the majority of the work done in the Memphis community to support the causes we are all championing is done by the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center," said PFLAG-Memphis treasurer Dee Billmeier.
Lesbians are going places. At least, that's the case with the members of a local lesbian activity club called "Lez Go."
Each month, members meet for activities ranging from hiking and camping to glass-bowling and water volleyball. And believe it not, these ladies have even devoted a session to basket weaving.
The club is currently seeking new members. If you're interested, email Carolyn Witcover.
The second installment of Cherry, which is being billed as a "lezzie shindig," takes place on Saturday, August 4th at Dru's Place.
On the night's agenda: a red-hot burlesque show, go-go girls, dancing, and of course, drinking. That drinking part is made easier by free cocktails with the price of admission. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The party is 21+ and it begins at 9 p.m.
If you'd rather not be alone when the polls close and the results start rolling in, stop by the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) for tonight's election results viewing party.
The party, jointly hosted by MGLCC and the Tennessee Equality Project, runs from 7 to 9 p.m. MGLCC is located at 892 S. Cooper.