Profiles

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

Joan Allison

Terry Vo: Empowering Youth

Terry Vo’s Nashville story begins in an unexpected way – working for the Japanese government, the first foreign government to hold a consulate in Tennessee.

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Lauren Means

Hope Jackson on Finding Her People

Jackson’s journey to her truth was not a loud coming out at all. “There were no announcements made but there was a lot of fear inside of me about the consequence of living my life as openly queer,” says Jackson. Looking back she wishes she had been loud and much more visible for the kid who needed to see someone living their truth and to know there was someone just like them, a community to welcome and accept you.

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Buick Audra playing guitar with Friendship Commanders
Lauren Means

Buick Audra: Showing Up, Staying Hopeful

Sometimes an ally goes a step further and advocates for or against particular policies that affect the community. Buick Audra is one of these allies. A musician originally from Miami, Buick has lived in Nashville for close to 12 years with her husband and two cats.

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Mike Smith

Does our age Impact the Value of PRIDE?

Certainly, arguments have been made that the older we are, the more importance we place on the value of Pride and its hard-fought celebrations. Then again, many younger gays will suggest that there is no way one could enjoy non-stop pride events more than themselves.

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