Friday, May 31, 2013

T-Dances Are Coming Back to Memphis!

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 3:40 PM

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Memphis has been without a regular Sunday afternoon T-Dance for years. But Grawemeyer's is bringing the old tea-time happy hour party back.

The first T-Dance at Graweyer's will be held this Sunday, June 2nd from 3 to 7 p.m. There will be music videos and drink specials. Ten percent of sales will be donated to the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (892 S. Cooper). And there will be door prizes and VIP discount passes for future visits.

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Local Author Wraps Up Lesbian Fiction Series

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 1:40 PM

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College basketball player Lena is in a relationship with Brandon, the star of the male college basketball team. But when Lena moves in with the female basketball star Denise, their relationship blooms into something more.

The "Choices" book series by Memphis author Skyy follows Lena's story through four novels, the latest of which — titled Full Circle — will be released on Saturday, June 1st at a book release party at Minglewood Hall at 8 p.m.

Friday, May 24, 2013

J-Wag's Reunion Show

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

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The now-defunct J-Wag's once served as a laid-back drag and dive bar, but it was torn down a few years ago.

On Saturday, May 25th, some of the drag queens who used to perform at J-Wag's will take the stage upstairs at Jack Magoo's at their first J-Wag's Reunion Show.

The show begins at midnight. Cover charge is $5 before 11 p.m. and $10 after 11 p.m.

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Family Fun Day

Posted By on Thu, May 23, 2013 at 2:48 PM

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Mid-South Pride is hosting a Family Fun Day and picnic on Saturday, May 25th at 11 a.m. at Overton Park.

There will be a three-legged race, balloon toss, and other games. And Mid-South Pride will be selling shirts that say "We Are Family." Shirts are $12 for kids and $17 for adults. There will be an area to tie-dye your shirt if so desired.

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

LGBT Business Professional Meet & Greet

Posted By on Tue, May 21, 2013 at 1:24 PM

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Network with LGBT business pros and allies at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center's Business Professional Meet & Greet on Thursday, May 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton hotel.

The event is free and open to Memphis area employee resource groups, diversity and inclusion councils, business owners, entrepreneurs, LGBT & Ally professionals, family and friends.

Dress code is business casual. Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards. There will be a cash bar with light snacks.

Go here to RSVP.

Professionals from AutoZone, Baker Donelson, Delta Airlines, FedEx, First Tennessee Bank, Harrah's, Hilton Worldwide, International Paper, Medtronic, McDonald's, Merck, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, Nike, ServiceMaster, Smith & Nephew, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, city governments, local universities, non-profit organizations, and more are expected to attend.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Westboro Baptist Church Takes on the NBA, Ignores Elvis

Posted By on Fri, May 17, 2013 at 7:13 PM

The planned Westboro Baptist Church protest at Graceland started right on time but not in the location counter-protesters anticipated.

At 4:30 p.m., counter-protesters — decked out in rainbow attire and/or Elvis costumes and sideburns — were already huddled behind a police barricade outside Graceland's iconic signature wall. But Westboro's "God Hates Fags" signs were nowhere to be seen.

A few counter-protesters dressed like Elvis.
  • A few counter-protesters dressed like Elvis.

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Rumors began swirling that Westboro had set up across the street and a block away from Graceland, and against police wishes, the counter-protesters began slowly making their way down the street, a few at a time.

Sure enough, 10 or so Westboro members, most of them small children and teens, were holding their signature anti-gay signs at the corner of Elvis Presley and Lonely Street. But they weren't lonely for long, as the LGBT-supportive crowd and a gaggle of curious tourists made their way to Westboro's corner.

Most of the Westboro protesters were young children.
  • Most of the Westboro protesters were young children.

Although the Westboro Baptist Church's website said they'd be protesting Elvis as a false idol and drug addict, they weren't bearing any Elvis-related signs. Instead, the signs focused on gays, gay marriage, Obama, and new enemy — the NBA. Signs reading "Fag NBA" with pictures of rainbow basketballs were likely due to NBA star Jason Collins recently coming out as the first openly gay player in the NBA.

The NBA is a new target for Westboro.
  • The NBA is a new target for Westboro.

And Obama was a target as well.
  • And Obama was a target as well.

The Westboro members brought a stereo along with them, and they were playing Maroon 5 and Garth Brooks songs but changing the words like this catchy chorus from Maroon 5's "This Love": "This lust has taken control of you. We said, okay, god has become your foe."

This lady never stopped singing.
  • This lady never stopped singing.

It wasn't long before counter-protesters began posing for silly pictures with the Westboro people, who continued their singing while the photos were being taken. At one point, a counter-protester dressed as Elvis began serenading the Westboro crowd.

Eventually, the police assigned to watch the counter-protesters realized the protesters had moved to the location where the Westboro people were, and police on horses showed up to block Westboro's members from further interaction with the counter-protesters.

The police separated counter-protesters from the Westboro members.
  • The police separated counter-protesters from the Westboro members.

Westboro packed up to leave at 5:40, a few minutes after the protest was supposed to have ended.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Outflix Summer Film Series

Posted By on Thu, May 16, 2013 at 2:35 PM

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Months before the big Outflix Film Festival, which features newer, independent LGBT-themed films, the Outflix folks hold a Summer Film Series featuring cult classics.

The weekly Outflix Summer Film Series begins on Thursday, May 30th and runs every Thursday night through June 27th.

This year's lineup includes Paris Is Burning on May 30th, You Are Not Alone on June 6th, Madonna: Truth Or Dare on June 13th, Thelma & Louise on June 20th, and Milk on June 27th.

All films begin at 7 p.m. You Are Not Alone is part of The Red Door Foundation's "Saving Ourselves Symposium," and will be followed by a discussion of the film with producer Antoine B. Craigwell as well as other mental health professionals.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cherry Party Features a Rock Theme

Posted By on Tue, May 7, 2013 at 3:19 PM

The monthly installment of Cherry, a party for lesbians and their friends, will feature a rock-themed burlesque and drag show.

On Saturday, May 11th at 10:30 p.m. at Cafe Society, Anne Tag-a-Knee, Foxy Fairmont, Lady Problems and FreakNasty will provide the entertainment. As always, the party is hosted by Julie Wheeler and features a special late-night menu by Chef Cullen Kent.

They'll also have the last monthly drawing for a $50 tattoo gift certificate from Underground Art.

The cover charge is $10.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Dru's Place Gets a Makeover

Posted By on Thu, May 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

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  • A view of the new wraparound bar as seen from the pool room.

With only a couple of gay bars left in the Bluff City, Dru's Place — once known as primarily a lesbian bar — has revamped its space to accommodate more patrons in its bar area.

Since Crossroads closed last November, Dru's has been hosting displaced drag queens, essentially turning the lesbian bar into an all-around gay bar. Of course, everyone was always welcome. But these days, Dru's has a more traditional "gay bar" ambiance.

Over the past month, Dru's staff have been posting photos of the remodeled bar on its Facebook page. Part of the wall has been removed between the bar and the pool table room, creating an extra space for bar seating. The old worn-down bar stools have been replaced. The bar and walls have a fresh coat of paint, and the pool table area boasts new lighting fixtures.

The renovation is nearly complete, and the bar is open for business. On Saturday, May 4th, Dru's Place is hosting a "Turnabout Night," at which patrons are invited to "watch our Queens become Kings and our Kings become Queens."

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