Chris Sanders, long-time president of the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) and former acting director, has been named as the organization's first full-time executive director. The announcement was made at TEP's Olympus gala in Nashville over the weekend.
Sanders' previous role as president was a volunteer role, but the new director position is a full-time paid gig. The executive director's role includes directing TEP's education, advocacy, media relations, community organizing, and fund development efforts.
"As you know, we have a lot of work to do in Tennessee before we can claim full equality, but I'm pleased to tell you that the work is already underway," Sanders said in a recent Facebook video about TEP's work on marriage equality, an anti-bullying bill for the state, employment nondiscrimination at the local and federal level, and other issues.
“The recent Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 are historic for our country, but we have to make sure that we’re not standing still in Tennessee. Having a dedicated professional to direct our efforts will allow us to achieve more in East, West, and Middle Tennessee. The gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community in our state deserves no less," said TEP vice-president Bleu Copas.
The monthly installment of "Cherry" features a new tagline and an end-of-summer theme.
What used to be called "a party for lesbians and their friends" is now "a fruity shindig," because, in the words of Cherry host/MC Julie Wheeler "we welcome the guys to join the fun."
This month's theme is "Butch Blanket Bingo" and features a burlesque show with the usual suspects Kitty Wompas & Kissame Suga, but there's a new twist this time — boylesque with Saxon, Koty, and Brandon and butchlesque with Sarah. Plus, there's dancing for all with DJ Willow from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The party starts at 8:45 p.m. at Dublin House (2120 Madison). Tickets are $10 general admission/$20 VIP.
Emerald Theatre Company, the city's only LGBT theatre troupe, presents Alan Ball's Five Women Wearing the Same Dress this weekend, September 20th-22nd, at Theatreworks.
Ball was the creator of Six Feet Under and American Beauty, and he's the former producer of True Blood. But he also writes stage plays such as this one, which tells the story of five bridesmaids in a Knoxville, Tennessee wedding.
Tickets are sold at the door at 2085 Monroe. Five Women Wearing the Same Dress starts at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The annual Cooper-Young Festival is set for Saturday, September 14th, and as usual, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about local LGBT advocacy and pride groups.
As always, the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center will be educating the public about their programs, which range from placing homeless LGBT teens into supportive homes and food pantry services to support groups and social potlucks. The MGLCC booth will be set up near the community center at 892 S. Cooper.
The Tennessee Equality Project will be registering voters and raising awareness about statewide LGBT legislation and equality efforts at their booth. They will be set up near Java Cabana on the north side of Young.
Mid-South Pride will be promoting the 10th annual pride parade and celebration, which is set for October 12th on Beale Street downtown. They'll also be signing up volunteers for the event and promoting other fund-raising events between now and pride weekend.
There will be a Mid-South Pride after-party at Club Spectrum beginning at 10 p.m.
The 16th annual Outflix Film Festival kicks off on Friday, Sept. 6th with a screening of Bridegroom, a documentary about the emotional journey of a man who lost his partner in a tragic accident.
The film deals with how the benefits of legal marriage protection could have helped the surviving partner. Other notable films include G.B.F. (a Darren Stein film about a popular openly gay kid in high school, with Megan Mullally and Natasha Lyonne), Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf? (comedy about a lesbian attempting to remake Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?), and I Am Divine (documentary about John Waters' filthiest drag star).
For a full schedule, check out the Outflix website. The festival runs through September 12th, and all screenings at held at Malco's Ridgeway Four. Tickets are $10 per film, and festival passes are available.