Halloween night was chosen so that there would be no arrests for then-illegal cross-dressing. The organizer and owner of the theater was the late Bill Kendall. His theater was known for showing arthouse films, which included LGBT films, European films and what Shelby County considered illegal smut.
Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center is a mechanism for change in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to facilitate long-term positive growth in themselves and in the community of the Mid-South. Through their hard work and sacrifice, they built an "oasis in the desert of our struggle. Over the years, we've had several homes, great triumphs and some lean times.
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Now, one local community center is stepping up to help. The Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center is hoping to start a unique project that will provide these youth with housing. In Phase I of the project, funded by grants and donations, the plan is to house at least four people with one live-in room parent.
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April 21, Despite enacting cost-cutting measures over the past year, we are at a turning point. We desperately need your help to continue providing services to our LGBTQ community and to provide us time to enact our plans for growing revenues.
Rather than let a nasty full-page ad in a local paper spark an in-kind retaliation, a group of Memphis LGBT organizations are banding together for a charity food drive. For one person or group to claim to speak for Churches of Christ is a bit like me claiming to speak for Memphis when I vote next Tuesday. But rather than waste money on a counter-ad, area advocacy groups decided to start a food drive benefiting the Mid-South Food Bank.
A quarter century ago, a group of bold dreamers imagined what it would be like to have a safe space in Memphis where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people could find support, acceptance and understanding; a place where no one would feel alone or isolated. Their imagining became OUTMemphis. We have seen unprecedented strides toward full equality, especially in the last year.