For the first time since the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the entire military will be celebrating LGBT pride month this year. But it's the second year for a pride celebration at the naval base in Millington. In fact, the Millington base was the first-ever command outside of the Pentagon to host an LGBT Pride Month event last year.
June is nationally recognized as LGBT pride month, although the official city celebration isn't held until October. But on Thursday, June 26th, Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South will host their second annual "Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Month" event at 12:30 p.m. at the Helmsman Club on-base.
The keynote speaker will be retired Master Chief Petty Officer Tim R. McVeigh, the first active duty military member to succeed in judicially challenging his “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” removal. The celebration will also recognize the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Vocalists from the Navy Band Mid-South will perform.
The event will take place inside the gated installation, so it is only open to military members.
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The annual fund-raiser for Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC), now in its third year, will feature a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. and a live auction at 7:30 p.m. Plus, there will be food from Off the Square Catering, cocktails, and live jazz by the Randy Ballard Jazz Collective.
The event takes place at Opera Memphis (6745 Wolf River Greenway) on Saturday, June 21st. Tickets are $50 for singles, $90 for couples, and $350 for a table of eight.
All the single ladies (who like ladies) call Memphis home, according to the Vocativ's first-ever Queer Index, which puts Memphis in the number-one slot for highest number of single lesbians.
The index looked at 100 U.S. cities and ranked them on LGBT-friendliness, fewest hate crimes, number of LGBT businesses, and even availability of hook-ups.
Memphis didn't appear to make any other lists, as far as we can tell. Los Angeles was the most LGBT-friendly city, but Chattanooga, the only Tennessee city to place in the top 35, came in at number 21.
If you're looking for a hook-up, New York is the place to go since the Big Apple topped both the "Hottest for Hook-ups" list and the "Easiest to Pay for a Lay" list. Providence, Rhode Island has the fewest hate groups, and Chattanooga ranked again for having the highest number of LGBT politicians. New York and L.A. have the most gay bars, and Chicago has the most influential LGBT media.
The Queer Index sources 32 data sets publicly available online (deep web, open databases, public sites and social network) to analyze the above-mentioned lifestyle metrics, according to a press release from Vocativ.