Friday, June 26, 2015

Shelby County Clerk's Office Is Issuing Marriage Licenses for Same-Sex Couples

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 12:48 PM

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The Shelby County Clerk's Office began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples right after the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in favor of legal gay marriage in all 50 states.

Memphians Bradley and Chris Brower, who held a wedding ceremony in Memphis on June 13th,  were issued the first marriage license in Shelby County at around 11:30 a.m. The couple will be granting an interview to the Flyer later this afternoon.


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State Bill Would Allow Religious Clergy To Deny Same-Sex Marriages

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 12:33 PM

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  • Bryan Terry
The anti-gay bills are already coming in Tennessee, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all 50 states must allow same-sex marriage.
Tennessee State Representative Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro) has said that he's drafting the "Tennessee Pastor Protection Act," which would allow religious clergy to deny performing same-sex marriage and provide legal protection from being  "forced to perform same sex marriages on church property," according to a press release issued this morning from State Representative Andy Holt's (R-Dresden) office. Holt has said he'd be the co-sponsor of this bill.

“It comes as no surprise that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same sex marriage. I have had multiple constituents concerned with how the ruling may impact their church and their religious beliefs. If the issue is truly about equality of civil liberties and benefits, then this ruling should have minimal legal impact on churches,” said Terry. “However, if the issue and the cause is about redefining marriage to require others to change their deeply held religious beliefs, then the concerns of many will be valid.”

In the release, Holt said that he would not recognize the court's ruling as valid. According to Holt, "God is the ultimate Supreme Court and he has spoken. Marriage is between one man, and one woman."


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US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 at 9:15 AM

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Gay marriage will now be legal in Tennessee and the other 49 states after a 5-4 decision this morning in favor of marriage equality by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The ruling reversed the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, which included cases from Tennessee, Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan, that had previously upheld marriage bans. Two plaintiffs in those cases — Ijpe DeKoe and Thom Kostura — live in Memphis.

Tennessee Equality Project will have a meeting to discuss the ruling at 5:30 p.m. at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Memphis LBGT Black Pride Event Turns 21

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 1:58 PM

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The annual Memphis Black Pride event celebrates its 21st anniversary this year with an appropriate theme — "Turnt Up." The event kicks off Friday, June 19th and runs through Sunday, June 21st.

On Friday, there's a meet-and-greet at the Holiday Inn Airport hotel at 2240 Democrat Road from 4 to 8 p.m. Guests can mingle with the weekend's special guests and entertainers and pick up Memphis Black Pride swag.

Later that night beginning at 10 p.m., bounce-style hip-hop performer Big Freedia makes an appearance at the 21 Candles Foam & Glow Party at the Lipstix Entertainment Complex. It's hosted by D Money and Blu from Bad Girl's Club.

Saturday boasts a full day of activities starting with Ladybug's Afternoon Tea from 10 a.m. to noon at the Holiday Inn Airport hotel. During the first half of tea, people are invited to share stories about relatives, partners, or friends who deserve recognition. In the second half, there's a "no-holds-barred" panel discussion with LGBT adult film stars.

There's a pool party at the hotel pool from 4 to 8 p.m. And there will be plenty of water balloons and water guns, sexy swimsuit and hot body contests, and music by DJ Hanz and Lady T.

At 10 p.m., at Lipstix, there's a birthday bash with performances by Heavy Diva, Otis Mack, Coco LaBelle Thomas, and Mia X.

After all that partying, you can get some church in on Sunday with a special "Church Flow" service led by pastor Darnell Gooch at Cathedral of Praise at noon.

There's a Pride in the Park event on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Chickasaw Heritage Park.

"The Unleashed Voice for the LGBTQ Community" KWAM 990 Talk Radio show will be hosting a live satellite show from the Holiday Inn Airport hotel from 5 to 7 p.m.

And the event closes out with a all-white farewell party hosted by Diamond from Sisterhood of the Hip-Hip at the Holiday Inn Airport hotel from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

OUTbid Fund-raiser for MGLCC

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 12:51 PM

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Booze and schmooze for a good cause this weekend at the fourth annual OUTbid.

The fund-raiser auction benefits the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) and features both silent and live auction events. Auction items include a basketball signed by Jason Collins (the first out gay player in the NBA), a chocolate tasting at Phillip Ashley Chocolates, a scotch tasting for six people, and a dinner extravaganza with food from Restaurant Iris and wine pairings from Michael Hughes from Joe's Wines and Liquors, among others.

There will also be food, cocktails, and live jazz by The Randy Ballard Jazz Collective. The event will be held on Saturday, June 13th at Clark Opera Memphis Center (6745 Wolf River Parkway). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The silent auction begins at 6:45 p.m., and the live auction starts at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $50 for singles, $90 for couples, or $320 for a table of eight. For more information, go here.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Emerald Theatre Company Presents The Laramie Project

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 3:51 PM

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Over the month of June, Emerald Theatre Company (Memphis' LGBT theatre troupe) and New Moon Theatre Company will collaborate on two plays about the 1998 hate crime beating death of 21-year-old University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. Shepard's death brought national attention to hate crimes legislation on the state and federal level. 

From June 5th through the 14th at Theatreworks, Emerald Theatre Company will present The Laramie Project, a classic play based on interviews of Shepard's friends and fellow Laramie, Wyoming citizens. The play was first put together by Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project. They made trips to Laramie over the course of the trial of the two men accused of killing Shepard, and while there, interviewed 200 people. The Laramie Project is a collage of what they found in those interviews.

The Laramie Project will run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. All tickets are sold at the door.

From June 12th through the 28th at Evergreen Theatre, New Moon presents The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. That play is set 10 years after Shepard's death — September 12, 1998 — when five members of Tectonic returned to Laramie to analyze the murder's long-term effects. The play looks at how the murder affected the town's history and legacy.

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later will run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. New Moon can be reached at 901-484-3467.


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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Miss Gay America Preliminary Pageants This Weekend

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 2:37 PM

Two preliminary pageants for Miss Gay America will be held in Memphis over the weekend.

The Miss Gay Tennessee America Regional Pageant is set for Friday, May 29th, and the Miss Gay Mid America Pageant will be held on Saturday, May 30th. Both events will take place at the Evergreen Theatre in Midtown.

Winners and first alternates from both pageants will go on to compete in the national Miss Gay America Pageant in October.


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Friday, May 8, 2015

Gay & Lesbian Community Center Receives Threat

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 1:40 PM

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On Thursday, the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (MGLCC) received a message from someone threatening to harm the people who visit the center and the center's property at 892 S. Cooper.

Will Batts, MGLCC's executive director, said the center receives "vile, bigoted, disturbing communications from individuals" occasionally, but he said this one was different because it specifically threatened people and property. Batts could not offer specifics about the threat or where it came from because it is under active investigation by the Memphis Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Batts said the center's board has begun reviewing its security measures, polices, and procedures. They are making enhancements to security where needed.

"We talk about this as a safe space, so we need to make sure that it's not only mentally safe but also physically safe," Batts said. 

Batts said that, as the county draws nearer to the expected June Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, LGBT organizations across the country have to consider enhanced safety measures.

A statement from Batts was issued to the media on Friday afternoon. It says, "We take seriously the role we play as a physical symbol of our community’s strength, courage and perseverance. We will continue business as usual. All of us on the staff and the board of MGLCC remain committed to our mission and will continue working every day to ensure our equal rights, and to be safe, respected and celebrated."

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Q&A with Memphis Couple in Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Case

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 4:43 PM

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When they married in New York in 2011, Ijpe DeKoe and Thom Kostura probably never imagined their marriage would make U.S. history. But after returning from a tour of duty in Afghanistan in May 2012, DeKoe, full-time sergeant in the Army Reserves, was transferred to the base in Millington. And suddenly, the couple found that their marriage wasn't recognized by the state of Tennessee.

Fast forward to 2013, when DeKoe and Kostura signed on as one of three Tennessee couples challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. That lawsuit made its way to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, along with similar suits from Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan. But the Sixth Circuit ruled to uphold marriage bans in those states, a split from other appellate courts' rulings on same-sex marriage. That ruling was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and today, justices heard oral arguments in the case. Marriage equality advocates believe the Supreme Court's decision in this case will decide the fate of marriage in the country once and for all. A decision is expected by June.

DeKoe, Kostura, and Holland were in the courtroom today, and they took a few minutes to share their experiences with the Flyer.

Give us a rundown of your morning at the Supreme Court.
DeKoe: We were up by 6 a.m. And we met down in the [hotel] lobby as a group. We were at the Supreme Court by about 7 a.m. They parked us in the back and had us walk around the building, which was pretty amazing. There were about 200 to 300 people lined up on the sidewalk, supporters. We did some interviews, and then the six plaintiffs from Tennessee walked into the Supreme Court at about 8:30 a.m., where we got to wait for about three hours. Sixteen of the plaintiffs went in for Question One, and then we swapped out for Question Two with us. We were in the courtroom for about an hour.

Did any of you speak before the court?

Holland: No. We had two oralists, Doug Hallward-Driemeier and Mary Bonauto. Mary went first, and she addressed Question One, as to whether or not the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires states to marry same-sex couples. And Doug did Question Two, which was if a same-sex couple is married someplace else, in a state like New York that recognizes their marriage, and they move to Tennessee, is Tennessee required under the Constitution to recognize that marriage? 

During the last few minutes of Doug's argument, during his rebuttal, he mentioned Thom and Ijpe and their situation as a personal explanation to the court about how this actually affects the lives of individuals and how it's not just a philosophy. He mentioned all of the plaintiffs, including Thom and Ijpe.

We had 16 tickets to allot to plaintiffs for Question One, and we were allowed, in a very nice concession by the court, to swap out individuals, so we could allow a different set of 16 individuals into Question Two. So all of the plaintiffs could hear some of the arguments. All three couples on the Tennessee team were able to hear all of the presentation from both sides regarding Question Two. 

From the analysis I've read today, I was a little surprised at some of the questions from the more conservative justices, like when Chief Justice Antonin Scalia asked why there was no gay marriage in ancient Greece. Did any of their questions catch you off-guard or strike you as weird?
Holland: We certainly prepare as best we can for a series of questions that might come to mind. Ancient Greece, I don't know if that was exactly on our radar, but the arguments by respondents that same-sex marriage has been between a man and a woman throughout history is the same type of concept that we were prepared to address. 

What were your impressions of how the case went today? Do you think the justices will rule in your favor?
Kostura: Ijpe and I do not have law backgrounds, and our oralist [Doug Hallward-Driemeier] went first for Question Two, the one that we actually witnessed. And [when we heard] the questions that were coming back from the justices, we were like, "Oh no, they're going to go really conservative on this." But then, the other side went, and it went from us thinking it was going to go unanimously against us to thinking it would go unanimously for us. So I think that my impression is that the justices were really rigorous to both sides. Ijpe and I walked away from it optimistically. We don't know enough law to weigh in, but we know we have a very strong team. And that they argued the strongest case for us that they could.

DeKoe: It was very clear that the justices were asking the peoples' questions, whatever side they took. The other part of it that struck me was that Doug got the opportunity to close [in Question Two], which was incredibly powerful, and it completely changed the tone of the room. He was able to incorporate each of the three stories of the Tennessee plaintiffs into his closing arguments, so it took this big theoretical problem down to a really human level. It was remarkable how that happened, and it was chilling to be mentioned in front of the justices.

Many seem to think Justices Anthony Kennedy and John Roberts will be the deciding factor. Is that the impression you got?
Holland
: There was a feeling that the numbers might be better [than expected]. Obviously, you're hoping for a 5-4, but you start to get the feeling that it could be more. But you're not sure. There was a very positive feeling after Question Two. The Question One questions were harder to read, and there were definitely more questions on both sides. And it does feel like a narrower sense, from our perspective, that we would prevail. But I can tell you that the lawyers are hopeful that it's at least 5-4, but we can see that some of the questions might tip some of the justices slightly up. But that wasn't clear from Question One as much as from Question Two.

Much has been made of the anti-marriage equality protester who was ejected from the courtroom after he yelled something homophobic. Did any of you get to see that go down?
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: I did. That happened in Question One, just as the solicitor general is about to walk to the podium. The screaming and yelling begins with a protest or an outburst about God. And there was continual yelling while they got this person out of the courtroom. And it was quite loud. The justices asked the solicitor general if he'd like to take a moment because it was so disruptive. He started to walk away from the podium, and then he just turned right around and said, "Well, you know actually, I'm ready to go." And he launched right in to his advocacy, which was wonderful to see and hear.

Kostura: From our perspective, because we were not in the courtroom at the time ... as you can imagine, at the Supreme Court, there are a lot of logistics, and you get put into a lot of very specific places. Ijpe and I were in the lower level, and as [the protester] was being brought into the main gallery in front of the courtroom, the screaming was echoing down to our level. We weren't allowed up to the gallery to see what happened. And of course, Ijpe and I, since it was such a controversial thing, when we hear all this screaming, we don't want to run toward it. But that's when Ijpe and I realized that there is this strong opposition, and there are these people who will try to break into the courtroom in order to protest.

Speaking of protesters, did you see many outside the courthouse? And did you feel like supporters of marriage equality outnumbered protesters?
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: There were definitely a lot more people for us. But I will give the protesters [against us] credit. They were very well organized. They came walking in and set up and had their PA going, and they got their message out. But they were a vocal minority and a very loud minority.

However, the friendly group far outweighed them. When we were inside the courtroom, we didn't have any communications with the outside because we'd already turned off our cell phones. So we had no idea the crowd [outside] was growing. So it went from 200 to 300 people when we walked in to more than 1,000 when we left. As we walked through the main gallery and we stepped through those doors, we realized that the roar [of support] we could hear inside was even louder outside on the steps. It was a wall of sound in support. I could see the signs [from protestors], but I couldn't hear anything negative because everyone was championing and yelling so loudly in our favor. These are people who took time out of their day and work week to come out and say "Your marriage has value. And we respect your marriage, and we want to be there for you while you're inside fighting that fight."

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Scenes From the Memphis Marriage Equality Rally

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 8:49 PM

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About 50 people gathered on the front lawn of the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center Monday night to celebrate the upcoming oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage case that involves a couple from Memphis.

Memphians Ijpe DeKoe and Thom Kostura are plantiffs in the case, and they're represented by local attorney Maureen Holland. They flew to Washington D.C. last week to prepare for oral arguments, which begin on Tuesday, April 28th. The Tennessee case is lumped with same-sex marriage cases from Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan, all of which are on appeal after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld marriage bans in the four states last year.

The Sixth Circuit's decision was a split from other appellate courts, the rest of which have ruled to overturn marriage bans. Marriage equality advocates believe the Supreme Court's decision in this case will decide the fate of marriage in the country. A decision is expected by June.

"This is history," MGLCC executive director Will Batts told the crowd. "I'm not going to quote the vice-president, but this is a big effin' deal."

Same-sex marriage is legal now in about three-fourths of country, and only 13 states — including Tennessee — continue to ban it. So far, 65 courts have ruled in support of same-sex marriage, and only one court — the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals — has ruled to uphold a gay marriage ban. That's the decision that involved Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky that is being appealed to the Supreme Court.

"Now is the time for the Supreme Court to finish the job on marriage," said the Tennessee Equality Project's Jonathan Cole.

Gwendolyn Clemons, co-founder of Relationships Unleashed (an LGBT radio program on KWAM 990), told the crowd that, in order to win equal rights, they must make their voices heard.

"We have to be visible. We can't hide anymore," Clemons said. "The only thing that belongs in a closet is clothes."

"And shoes," added her wife Shawn. 

"We're in our civil rights movement. If you're ready to march, we need soldiers," Clemons added.




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Memphis Marriage Rally

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 10:08 AM

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Advocates of marriage equality will gather at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (892 S. Cooper) Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. for a rally kicking off the marriage equality case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The nation's high court will begin hearing oral arguments in the case on Tuesday, April 28th.

Memphians Ijpe DeKoe and Thom Kostura are plantiffs in the case, and they're represented by local attorney Maureen Holland. They flew to Washington D.C. last week to prepare for oral arguments. The Tennessee case is lumped with same-sex marriage cases from Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan, all of which are on appeal after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld marriage bans in the four states last year.

The Sixth Circuit's decision was a split from other appellate courts, the rest of which have ruled to overturn marriage bans. Marriage equality advocates believe the Supreme Court's decision in this case will decide the fate of marriage in the country.

Monday's rally, hosted by the Tennessee Equality Project, will feature a performance by the Neshoba Unitarian Universalist show choir. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs and posters showing support for equality.


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Memphis Couple Will Travel to D.C. for Supreme Court Same-sex Marriage Case

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 11:56 AM

The Memphis couple and their attorney involved in the same-sex marriage case that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court were honored in a ceremony hosted by Freedom to Marry on Tuesday afternoon at the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center.

MGLCC Director Will Batts, Southerners for Freedom to Marry Campaign Manager Amanda Snipes, attorney Maureen Holland, plaintiffs Ijpe DeKoe and Thom Kostura, and Tennessee Equality Project's Anne Brownlee Gullick and Skip Ledbetter
  • MGLCC Director Will Batts, Southerners for Freedom to Marry Campaign Manager Amanda Snipes, attorney Maureen Holland, plaintiffs Ijpe DeKoe and Thom Kostura, and Tennessee Equality Project's Anne Brownlee Gullick and Skip Ledbetter

Ijpe DeKoe and Thom Kostura, plantiffs in the Tennessee same-sex marriage case, and attorney Maureen Holland are flying to Washington D.C. this week. The high court will hear oral arguments in the case on April 28th. The Tennessee case is lumped with same-sex marriage cases from Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan, all of which are on appeal after the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld marriage bans in the four states last year.

The Sixth Circuit's decision was a split from other appellate courts, the rest of which have ruled to overturn marriage bans. Marriage equality advocates believe the Supreme Court's decision in this case will decide the fate of marriage in the country.

"We come together today as hopeful that soon the harmful marriage ban and all of the marriage bans across the country are struck down, and the days of married couples being treated like strangers will be relegated to the history books," said Amanda Snipes, campaign manager for Southerners for Freedom to Marry, which hosted the ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

Holland said there are 48 lawyers working on this case, and she expects the Supreme Court to issue a decision by the end of June.


"My greatest wish for you is that by June, you are as married in this building as you are on the base," said Tennessee Equality Project's Anne Brownlee Gullick, addressing DeKoe and Kostura. DeKoe is on active duty in the Army Reserves, and since the federal government recognizes same-sex marriages, the couple is considered to be married when they visit a military base. DeKoe and Kostura married in New York in 2011.


DeKoe said they realize that they're at the center of what could be a ground-breaking case that has potential to end marriage discrimination across the country once and for all. 


"We're at the center of this giant hurricane," DeKoe said. "We realize how big it is. It's going to be a crazy day in Tennessee and across the country when this decision comes down in our favor. And I'm excited for it."

Although the high court is expected to rule in favor of marriage equality, Holland said that, in the case that it does not, there is a back-up plan.

"The lawyers don't stop. We'll continue to bring cases," Holland said. "We'll continue our fight, but we're hopeful that we will join the 36 other states that recognize same-sex marriage, so Thomas and Ijpe won't have to continue to engage in 'Are we married? Are we not?' when they cross a state boundary."



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Friday, March 27, 2015

Cherry's Femme Fatale Party

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 1:03 PM

This month's Cherry party, billed as a "lezzie shindig," has a Femme Fatale theme celebrating "all the bad girls that make life worth living," according to host Julie Wheeler.

They'll have the usual burlesque and drag show, but this time, there will also be a belly dancing performance. The party starts at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28th, at Earnestine & Hazel's.

The show will star the current reigning Miss American National Star Jade Porchett (of RuPaul's Drag Race fame), plus drag performers Shannon "WillRyder" Herrada and Akasha Cassadine. The burlesque performance will include a Cherry debut by Fatima Fox. The belly dancers will be from Pyramid Dancers. There will be live music by Gina Sposto, and as always, Cherry will be hosted by singer/comedian Wheeler, who just returned from LGBTComedyfest in Michigan.

Since Earnestine & Hazel's only sells beer, guests are invited to BYOB for free. But beer and set-ups will be sold.

There will be two shows, and they begin at 9:30 and 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $20 for VIP.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Love Doesn't Hurt" Benefit

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 1:27 PM

The Shelby County Family Safety Center has a special emergency fund for victims of same-sex domestic violence, and this weekend, the organizers of the "Love Doesn't Hurt" fund will be holding its third annual benefit event. It will be held on Friday, March 27th at Club Spectrum at 7:30 p.m.
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The benefit includes live entertainment and guest speakers from the district attorney's office, as well as speeches from victims of domestic violence. The cover charge is $7.

Funds raised this weekend will be used for LGBT victims of domestic violence to provide emergency shelter, transportation, food, clothing, and relocation. In 2012, Phyllis Lewis, a domestic violence witness coordinator for the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, started the "Love Doesn't Hurt" fund.

"In the first case we dealt with, the person had completely left the home and needed somewhere to go," Lewis said. "We housed that person in a hotel for a week, and then they decided they wanted to leave Memphis. So we helped that person get out of town. We want them safe from violence. The last thing we need is another homicide."

They also collect hygiene products to hand out to victims.

"When you're running from your wife, you're not going to think about grabbing some deodorant," Lewis said.



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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Gay-Straight Alliance Mixer

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 3:51 PM

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GenQ, the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center's (MGLCC) group for college-age LGBT young adults and their straight allies, will begin hosting a series of mixers for students from local Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs). 

Many colleges have LGBT/straight ally social clubs, and the GSA mixers are designed to help members of various GSAs meet and socialize over snacks.

The GSA mixers will be held on the third Friday of each month at the MGLCC (892 S. Cooper), and the first one will be held on Friday, March 20th.

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