The Mid-South Peace & Justice Center's Community-Police Relations Forum series highlights certain segments of Memphis' population and helps to bridge the gap between the people and the police. Tonight, the focus is on the LGBTQ community.
The LGBTQ Community-Police Relations Forum will be held at Holy Trinity United Church of Christ (685 S. Highland) tonight (November 19th) from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
At the meeting, members of the LGBTQ community and their allies will be asked to share stories of interactions with local law enforcement. A handful of Memphis Police officers and Shelby County Sheriff's deputies will be on-hand. The forum is intended to break down the walls of communication between the community and the police.
For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.
Most days, The Parkview at Poplar and Kenilworth near Overton Park is just a cozy senior living center. But on Saturday, November 16th, the Mystic Krewe of Pegasus will transform the Parkview's ballroom into a New Orleans Mardi Gras party.
The annual silent auction benefiting Friends for Life is themed "In Ol' N'awlins," and there will be plenty in the way of costumes, beads, and Cajun cuisine. The silent auction will include gift certificates, home decor, beauty products, jewelry, gift baskets, sports collectibles, and more.
Admission is $5. Bidding runs from 6 to 9 p.m. The Parkview is located at 1914 Poplar. For more information on the event, go here.
Key West, Florida's annual Fantasy Fest celebration has been described as that area's version of Mardi Gras. Semi-nude or crazily costumed revelers party in the streets for about 10 or so days toward the end of each October. The event isn't strictly for the LGBT community, but since part of Duval Street in Key West is home to gay bars, there's a large LGBT presence at Fantasy Fest.
Memphis photographer Saj Crone documented last month's fest, and her images will be showcased on Friday, November 15th from 6 to 9 p.m. at Gasoline Gallery at 2493 Broad Avenue in the 15th installment of curator/artist Jason Miller's "Circuitous Succession: An Exhibition Series." Crone's show is called "Fantasy Fest—Key West: New Vernacular Images." The images will remain on view until November 19th.
Here's Saj Crone's artist statement:
"Fantasy Fest is an annual week-long celebration in Key West, Florida in it’s 32nd year. It culminates in a parade at the end of the week, when Duval Street is filled with people in various costumes and states of undress. It is a street party filled with the fantasies of free spirits.
October 26th, 2013, my cousin and I drove to Key West from his home in West Palm Beach. We were visiting a friend, and our visit began in the middle of the parade day. We walked up and down Duval Street. I was amazed and kept shooting my camera. That evening we watched the two hour parade, which demanded more photographs.
This exhibit is a result of that day. Jason Miller, curator of the show, insisted that I show these images because they are so different from what I usually shoot- swamps and river floods. I’m glad to be showing this work- with thanks to Jason and his inspired efforts in putting this show together.
Donna K. Ford's debut romance novel, Healing Hearts, tells the story of two women — a grieving woman attempting to move on after her partner's death and a reclusive artist/former FBI profiler on the run — who meet at a women's retreat in the mountains of East Tennessee.
Ford will be signing Healing Hearts at Dru's Place on Friday, November 15th from 3 to 5 p.m. and again from 6:30 until the bar closes.
Healing Hearts is published by Bold Strokes Books, which specializes in LGBTQ literature. Ford lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Domestic violence stretches beyond the stereotypical image of a husband beating his wife. As Domestic Violence Month comes to a close, LGBT victims are speaking out on how violence within relationships has impacted their lives.
The program, "Stories of Courage: Loud and In Color," at Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center tonight will feature a guided dialogue with members of the LGBT community whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. The event is jointed sponsored by MGLCC, the Family Safety Center, and the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.
Local organizations will be on hand to share information on services available to help victims of domestic violence.
"Stories of Courage: Loud and In Color" is free to the public. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m.
On Saturday, October 26th, Friends for Life will hold its annual Halloween party benefiting the organization's educational, housing, and wellness programs for people living with HIV/AIDS.
This year's theme is "Night at the Museum" because the event will be held at The Memphis Pink Palace Museum for the first time. The party has been held at Bridges for the past several years.
The Memphis Flyer has two tickets to the party to giveaway. To enter, leave a comment below letting us know what you plan to wear for Halloween this year. We'll choose one commenter at random at 10 a.m. on Friday morning. The winner must be able to pick his or her tickets up at the Flyer office at 460 Tennessee Street by 5 p.m. on Friday.
Tickets are $40 at the door or $80 for VIP (includes drink tickets). The party runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Thursday, October 24th, Dr. Kevin Mumford, a history professor at the University of Illinois, will deliver a lecture on African-American gay history.
In “Beyond the Closet: Reinventing African-American Gay History, 1963-1988,” Mumford will discuss how the experience of out African-Americans has changed over the years. Before the AIDS crisis began in the 1980s, gay African-American men, many of them activists, writers, and artists, would gather in churches and clubs as a way to network and socialize with their peers. Mumford will discuss the lives of some of these activists.
Mumford is the author of several books on race, politics, and sexuality in modern America. His books include Interzones: Black/White Sex Districts in Chicago and New York in the Early Twentieth Century and Newark: A History of Race, Rights, and Riots in America.
The free lecture begins at 6 p.m. in the University Center. A reception will precede the event at 5:30 p.m. in the theatre lobby. The lecture is sponsored by the University of Memphis African and African-American Studies Program and the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change.
For the second year in a row, Rhodes College is hosting a cabaret drag show benefit for charity.
The show starts tonight (Tuesday) at 8 p.m. in the Rhodes College BCLC ballroom. Proceeds will be divided between the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center, Friends for Life, and Rhodes Queer Advocacy's annual service trip to Chicago.
Last year, the show raised $500 to split between the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center, Memphis Area Gay Youth, and Choices.
Tickets are $5 at the door. But VIP tables for eight may be reserved for $100. The VIP tables come with free merchandise and refreshments. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
One year ago, the Memphis City Council passed an ordinance to ensure that city workers would not be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. On Thursday, October 17th, the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP), one of the main backers of that measure, is hosting a one-year anniversary celebration for the ordinance at Grawemeyer's on South Main.
The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature appetizers and a cash bar. TEP is dedicating the event to Duanna Johnson, the transgender woman who was beaten by a Memphis Police officer in 2008, and her family. Johnson's mother, Hazel Skinner, recently settled a lawsuit against the city that was filed after the incident. She has named the Tennessee Equality Project Foundation as a beneficiary.
Mid-South Pride celebrates "Decades of Pride" this year with a nostalgic theme honoring the LGBT equality movement through the ages. The annual parade kicks off at Fourth & Beale at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 12th.
The festival, which features live music, vendors, nonprofit booths, concessions, and other attractions, will take place in Robert R. Church Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The entertainment lineup includes CoCo Montrese, JC Jones, Brody Ray, She-and-She, and Charlie Hawks.
New this year is "Roasting on the River," a barbecue contest with cash prizes for the best pork shoulder, pork ribs, and people's choice. The contest runs from Friday, October 11th to Saturday, October 12th in Robert R. Church Park.
Also new this year are VIP access tickets. Entrance to the parade and festival are free to the general public, but for $50, guests can have VIP status, which includes two top-shelf drinks from the Pumping Station, food and liquor (including a signature Mid-South Pride cocktail) in a private parade viewing area, and a goodie bag.
For more information on Mid-South Pride, the barbecue contest, or to purchase VIP tickets, go here.
The Memphis School of Servant Leadership is hosting a class on diversity within the church on Thursday, October 3rd from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (892 S. Cooper).
According to the class description for "Finding Grace In Diversity: Race, Orientation, & Power," the class will we "bring forth and define our call as Christians to witness to the 'Yes in Christ,' the good news of God's gracious love toward all. This love has been shrouded for gays, people of color, and those made poor or marginal by both the Church and the larger culture."
The class will be led by Felicia Oglesby and Barbara Vann.
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.