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Weekly What’s Happening at OUTMemphis (1/27-2/3)

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  Here is a breakdown of what’s happening at the center this week. If you’d like to stay current on the goings-on at OUTMemphis, sign up for our Weekly What’s Happening Newsletter and check out our Calendars for a schedule of upcoming events. MONDAY 1/27HIV Testing...

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OUTMemphis Calendar

February 2020

Sun, February 23

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
We Are Family at The Children's Museum of Memphis
2525 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
Join We Are Family at the The Children's Museum of Memphis on Sunday, February 23rd 12:00p-3:00p!

We Are Family is a quarterly group that offers a chance for LGBTQ+ families with children ages 12 and under to connect with other such families. All families have a unique blend of members that don't always look the same as others. The purpose of this group is for youth 12 and under and their immediate family to have a welcoming space to make lasting connections with other families that may or may not resemble their own.

To attend this event, we ask that you fill out this form in order to RSVP for your family group:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=k4FLhiSDpk2OnNAs7G2Qx05vLQtHaWFFu_-TwnhEBjlUMzlZVDlEQjRPRllWSUVGUDc4TUZWMlE4Ui4u<https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=k4FLhiSDpk2OnNAs7G2Qx05vLQtHaWFFu_-TwnhEBjlUMzlZVDlEQjRPRllWSUVGUDc4TUZWMlE4Ui4u&fbclid=IwAR0jwqSidFd25xro-RH86hTz4z4fJr3oIuzce67quaMXo6f4DhReBs1k2Gk>

Tickets for this event are $8.50 per person (each adult and child over 2 must have a ticket, children 2 and under gain free admission), which includes a reduced-cost admission to the museum and lunch provided by OUTMemphis. Because of the reduced price, CMOM membership packages may not be applied to this ticket.

Tickets need to be purchased prior to the event. To purchase tickets for this event, you can visit this link:

https://checkout.square.site/buy/7WGRD7LOMZDBHXU6YLSRYFXB<https://checkout.square.site/buy/7WGRD7LOMZDBHXU6YLSRYFXB?fbclid=IwAR244TK-f7qOhbnoV34KPy35t1MTnhXl7y3ElKbiNfugcBLJGCvo8vW_5NM>

There are limited financial sponsorships available for those families who may not be able to afford tickets. These sponsorships are first come, first serve. If you would like to talk about receiving a sponsorship, please email [email protected].

See you there!

Facebook Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/178576053377962/
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
FU;BU (For Us; By Us)
FU;BU is a peer-led community social group for same-gender loving (SGL) men of color. The primary goal of FU;BU is to foster a safe, creative, and positive space for SGL men of color.

FU;BU aims to build positive relationships with self and community through great conversation, while providing a forum for community building and socializing.

For more information, email us at [email protected]

Mon, February 24

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Free HIV Testing
Knowing your status is the first step in reclaiming your sexual health, which is why OUTMemphis offers free HIV testing every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6:00p-9:00p, no appointment needed!

The test is free, quick, and confidential. The test takes around 20 minutes and includes a confidential sexual health counseling session with one of our highly trained testing staff.

For more information, please contact us via email at [email protected].
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Perpetual Transition
Perpetual Transition is our core Transgender Services peer-led community group, meeting continuously since 2005. PT is a safe and welcoming space for transgender folks of any flavor, identity, expression, or gender to meet and socialize with other like-minded individuals.

PT is open to anyone who identifies as transgender or is questioning, and is a safe and confidential space to ask questions, meet other people, and form bonds with the Memphis transgender community.

For more information, email us at [email protected].

Tue, February 25

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Volunteer Orientation
This is the orientation for new volunteers at OUTMemphis. This orientation occurs every second and fourth Tuesday from 5:00p-6:30p. If you'd like to join our wonderful team of volunteers, visit www.outmemphis.org/volunteer/ to get started! This orientation is RSVP only, so please sign up before attending, as slots are limited.
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tú Ppl: LGBTQ+ & Latinx
Tu Ppl is a social support group for Latinx/Hispanic Memphians who also identify with the LGBTQIA+ community. Tu Ppl is a space for LGBTQIA+ Latinx people to come together and bond over the intersection of these two identities.

Tu Ppl es un grupo social y de apoyo para gente Latinx/Hispanx en Memphis que tabien es parte de la comunidad LGBTQIA+. Si no habla mucho ingles no se preocupe. Lxs facilidatorxs del grupo habla espanol!

For more information, email us at [email protected]

Para mas informacion, envíenos un correo electrónico a [email protected]

Wed, February 26

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Free HIV Testing
Knowing your status is the first step in reclaiming your sexual health, which is why OUTMemphis offers free HIV testing every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6:00p-9:00p, no appointment needed!

The test is free, quick, and confidential. The test takes around 20 minutes and includes a confidential sexual health counseling session with one of our highly trained testing staff.

For more information, please contact us via email at [email protected].
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Bluff City Sports Association General Meeting
This is the monthly general meeting of Bluff City Sports Association, Memphis's premiere LGBTQ+ sports league. www.facebook.com/MemphisGaySports

Thu, February 27

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Seeking Serenity
Seeking Serenity is a peer-led community support group for LGBTQ+ friends and family of people in recovery for alcohol.

Seeking Serenity provides a weekly session for LGBTQ+ community members who support are associated with problem drinkers to convene for community, discussion, and social support from like-minded people in similar situations. While allies are welcome, Seeking Serenity is centered and gives precedent to the lives and experience of LGBTQ people.

For more information, email us at [email protected] or visit our website at OUTMemphis.org.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
HOPE (LGBTQ+ Spirituality Group Meeting)
Back Office
HOPE (Helping Others Prevail Effectively) is a group that approaches spirituality in a way that allows everyone to be free in experiencing a safe haven conducive to teaching, learning and discussing spiritual views.

This group meets every Thursday 7:00p-8:00p. For more information, email us.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Pride and Principles AA Meeting
OUTMemphis, 892 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
Pride & Principles is an Alcoholics Anonymous group focused on the LGBTQ+ community. This group meets every Thursday night at 7:00p at OUTMemphis (892 Cooper Street, Memphis, TN 38104).

Each meeting is a closed discussion meeting, except for the last Thursday of the month, which is an open speaker meeting and birthday celebration.

Fri, February 28

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Delta Trans Masculine (DTM)
Delta Trans Masculine is a peer-led community social group for trans and gender non-conforming folks who identify more on the masculine side of the spectrum. This is a safe place for transmasculine folks to be authentically themselves around like-minded people who share similar identities. This group is open to friends, family, partners, spouses, and supportive allies as well.

For more information, email us at [email protected]
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
GenQ
GenQ is our group for LGBTQ and Allied folks ages 18-25. This group meets once per week, and is a safe, closed environment for connection, discussion, and most importantly fun!

Each week, this group meets at OUTMemphis (892 S Cooper), during which time they engage in snacks and drinks, fun planned activities, and discussion, all with peers who understand their experience.

This group is peer-led (like most groups at OUTMemphis), meaning that the facilitators of GenQ are also LGBTQ or Allied and 18-25.

This group, being a more mature age group than our other youth services, has a lot more freedom of activity, and will occasionally plan to do non-traditional things such as off-site meetings and activities. These will be discussed beforehand and approved by the group. This group also participates in our Life Hack program, a series of classes aimed at building skills and learning things necessary to being a productive member of society. This includes things like cooking classes, financial planning, anger management, interviewing skills, and many others.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do I need to do anything beforehand?

A: Nope! Just show up!

Q: Who is in charge of the group?

A: This group is run by our Youth Services staff, as well as a group of Facilitators. These are volunteers who have gone through a training process to learn how to effectively keep a group moving and fun.

Q: I'm 25. Am I allowed to come?

A: Yes! This group is for folks 18-25, meaning that you are allowed until your 26th birthday.

Q: I'm 17. Am I allowed to come?

A: Unfortunately, no. This group is 18-25. However, we invite you to join PRYSM, our youth group for 13-17 year-olds!

Q: Can OUTMemphis pick me up or give me a ride home?

A: No. OUTMemphis Staff work on a strict Youth Interaction Policy which prohibits giving rides to guests. We ask that you make sure to arrange rides to and from GenQ beforehand. However, Facilitators and other group members are not prohibited from providing rides to each other, but that is something that will have to be worked out on a case-by-case basis between group members.

Q: Who will be in the building during meetings?

A: While this group meets during our normal open hours, the meeting itself is closed to participants. There may be staff, volunteers, or other guests in the building, but they will not be allowed to enter the space where GenQ is meeting unless they fit the demographic.

Q: Do I need to bring anything?

A: No. Everything needed for the meeting, including activities and food, will be provided. We do ask to know about any food allergies, diet restrictions, or other such knowledge beforehand so we can engineer the best experience possible for the group members.

Q: What should I expect at this meeting?

A: Most meetings have some sort of food (either a snack or a meal), an activity (such as arts and crafts, games, presentation, etc), and discussion time.


If you would like more information, please email us at [email protected].

See you there!

Sat, February 29

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
PRYSM
PRYSM is our group for LGBTQ and Allied youth ages 13-17. This group meets once per week, and is a safe, closed environment for connection, discussion, and most importantly fun!

Each week, this group meets at OUTMemphis (892 S Cooper), during which time they engage in snacks and drinks, fun planned activities, and discussion, all with peers who understand their experience.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Do I/Does my youth need to do anything beforehand?

A: No. At the youth's first meeting, there will be a short intake form on which we ask for name and pronouns, emergency contact information, and the kinds of activities they would like to engage in.

Q: Who is in charge of the group?

A: This group is run by our Youth Services staff, as well as a highly vetted select group of advisors. These advisors have been though an application and interview process, volunteer and facilitator training, training on how to identify and prevent abuse, and an extensive background check. To see more about these advisors, visit our PRYSM web page under Programs/Services.

Q: Can parents stay during the group?

A: Unfortunately, no. Because this space is engineered to be as close to peer-led as it can be, parents are not allowed to stay for the meetings. However, parents and caregivers are encouraged to come slightly early (before youth are on site) to meet the advisors, staff members, and any presenters who might be speaking that day. If you'd like to arrange this, please contact [email protected]

Q: Can OUTMemphis pick my youth up or give them a ride home?

A: No. OUTMemphis Staff and Advisors work on a strict Youth Interaction Policy which prohibits giving rides to youth. We ask that you make sure to arrange rides to and from PRYSM beforehand.

Q: Who will be in the building during meetings?

A: During PRYSM meetings, there is always at least one Youth Services Staff member as well as two PRYSM Advisors. Other than that, the only people allowed in the building while the PRYSM youth occupy the space are any special presenters that may be there to give a presentation. No one else is allowed in the building during these times.

Q: Do I need to bring anything?

A: No. Everything needed for the meeting, including activities and food, will be provided. We do ask to know about any food allergies, diet restrictions, or other such knowledge beforehand so we can engineer the best experience possible for the youths.

Q: What should I expect at this meeting?

A: Most meetings have some sort of food (either a snack or a meal), an activity (such as arts and crafts, games, presentation etc), and discussion time.


If you would like more information, please email us at [email protected].

See you there!

March 2020

Sun, March 1

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
FU;BU (For Us; By Us)
FU;BU is a peer-led community social group for same-gender loving (SGL) men of color. The primary goal of FU;BU is to foster a safe, creative, and positive space for SGL men of color.

FU;BU aims to build positive relationships with self and community through great conversation, while providing a forum for community building and socializing.

For more information, email us at [email protected]
 

Community Calendar

February 2020

Sun, February 23

All Day
The Morris and Mollye International Jewish Film Festival
This film festival is being put on by the Memphis Jewish Community Center over the course of a month. Many amazing films will be shown, and locations and times vary. For more information, please check out http://www.jccmemphis.org/cultural-arts/morris-mollye-fogelman-international-jewish-film-festival/
12:30 am
Black History Month Event @ Cathedral of Praise
561 S Prescott St. Memphis, TN 38111
Join Cathedral of Praise for a special Black History Month Event with LaVeda McCou, Financial Relationship Consultant with Regions Bank.

Mon, February 24

All Day
The Morris and Mollye International Jewish Film Festival
This film festival is being put on by the Memphis Jewish Community Center over the course of a month. Many amazing films will be shown, and locations and times vary. For more information, please check out http://www.jccmemphis.org/cultural-arts/morris-mollye-fogelman-international-jewish-film-festival/

Tue, February 25

All Day
The Morris and Mollye International Jewish Film Festival
This film festival is being put on by the Memphis Jewish Community Center over the course of a month. Many amazing films will be shown, and locations and times vary. For more information, please check out http://www.jccmemphis.org/cultural-arts/morris-mollye-fogelman-international-jewish-film-festival/

Sat, February 29

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
International Polar Bear Day @ Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Celebrate this global event and learn how you can help polar bears at home. Memphis Zoo proudly partners with Polar Bear International to bring awareness for these magnificent animals.

All the details!
10 am: Keeper Chat to meet our lady Haley
2 pm: Keeper chat to meet our main man Payton
Ice treats will be given to both bears for a special treat. The perfect Instagramable moment.

More fun throughout the day. ...crafts for kids, special 2020 shirts for sale, selfie station, and more!
The best part, this event is inside Northwest Passage with heat! No worries about whatever the weather decides to do. 😉

We'll see you at the zoo.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1480574742105174
9:00 pm
57 Shades of Pump
the Pumping Station
Ever wonder about BDSM. Come ask questions...learn about the Hanky Code, Safe Words, and the difference between BDSM & Abuse

https://www.facebook.com/events/2565549353560907/

March 2020

Sun, March 1

9:00 pm – 1:00 am
57 Shades of Pump Ends 1:00 am
the Pumping Station
Ever wonder about BDSM. Come ask questions...learn about the Hanky Code, Safe Words, and the difference between BDSM & Abuse

https://www.facebook.com/events/2565549353560907/

Tue, March 3

All Day
Advancing Equality Days on the Hill Part 2
Join equality advocates from across the state in Nashville to advance equality and defend against the discriminatory Slate of Hate. District captains needed to set and lead meetings with state-level elected officials. District captain info and sign up can be done via email: [email protected]. Reimbursement for transportation provided if you carpool. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/cordell-hull-building/advancing-equality-days-on-the-hill-part-2/2478183112460760/
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Catholic Ministry Potluck
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1725 Central Ave, Memphis, TN 38104, United States
The diocesan Catholic Ministry with Gay and Lesbian Persons meets the first Tuesday of each month in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Marian Hall from 6:30-8:30. All are welcome to join us for prayer, potluck, a presentation and fellowship. The LGBT ministry also coordinates the Room in the Inn activities. All are welcome.

Wed, March 4

All Day
Moms Demand Action Tennessee Advocacy Day
Our friends at Moms Demand Action - TN would like you to join them an March 4 for Tennessee's Statewide Advocacy Day. They will be travelling to Nashville (transportation provided) to fight for common-sense laws that can save lives in Tennessee.



If you'd like to be a part of this, the registration link is here:



https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/30826/signup/?source&akid&zip
Restoration of Rights Clinic
Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) will host a Restoration of Rights Clinic on Wednesday, March 4th.
MALS is the primary provider of civil, legal representation to low-income families in West Tennessee.
This clinic will address issues related to voting rights, driving licenses, and expungements.
Pre-registration for the clinic is required.
Individuals who are interested in attending should contact Ms. Fernando at (901) 255-3430 by February 21st .
Please contact Ms. Fernando if you have any questions.
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Men's Potluck at FFL
Friends For Life, 43 N Cleveland St, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
Men's Potluck is a monthly gathering of gay men for the purposes of fellowship.

For more information, please contact the group leader, Steve Solomon (steve[email protected]).

Fri, March 6

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Open Stage Drag Review
Dru's Bar, 1474 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
Each month we open the stage up to performers of all experience levels. Our goal is to give them the opportunity to grow in their art and be seen by our current show hosts. Each week one new performer is selected by the audience and given a paid spot in the Saturday night show.

Fri, March 20

10:00 pm
HOIST Dance Party
Dru's Bar, 1474 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104, USA

April 2020

Wed, April 1

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Men's Potluck at FFL
Friends For Life, 43 N Cleveland St, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
Men's Potluck is a monthly gathering of gay men for the purposes of fellowship.

For more information, please contact the group leader, Steve Solomon ([email protected]).

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