Profiles

Read the true life stories of our LGBT+ advocates, youth, seniors, allies, and trans community in Middle Tennessee.

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Profiles
Chris Reeder-Young

Happy & Home—For Life

by Chris Reeder Young (she/her) | photos from Shutterstock At least 7 million aging seniors are LGBTQ+ and almost half of same-sex couples already report

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Lauren Means

Supporting Youth: A Matter of Life and Death

In larger cities and metro areas, it’s becoming easier to find resources and services for the LGBT+ community. This is something that’s taken many years and a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Now, it’s members of the community in the suburbs and rural areas that are working to bring resources and services to their areas.

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Joan Allison

Supporting Queer Youth

Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) are school-based, student-run clubs for LGBTQ+ and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) youth and their allies. The first documented GSAs appeared in the late 1980s.

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Lauren Means

Fighting Stigma One Conversation at a Time

Stigma. It’s something that people with HIV/AIDS have dealt with for decades. Even with all the education available now and the public awareness campaigns such as U = U (undetectable equals untransmittable), the stigma is still there.

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Margo Hall

Connecting the Distance with the T-Vals

In the Middle Tennessee area, there’s a group that has been around for quite some time and is showing no signs of slowing down. To keep up and to keep going, the group has switched from in-person meetings to online meetings and activities. They call themselves Tennessee VALS (T-VALS) and they are a transgender support and community group.

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Lauren Means

Camping Out Loud

While many events have been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our youth still have some options for virtual camping this year. We’ve highlighted a few LGBT+ camps that are hosting virtual events.

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Lauren Means

Sherri Gray: There Will Be Rainbows

“Besides, we know that after the storms, and the sludge, and the toil, and the troubles… there WILL be glitter…and glam…and music…and dancing… and Rainbows — lots and lots of Rainbows!!!”

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