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TEP Dispatch (1/27)

TEP Dispatch (1/27)

The following is a statement from Tennessee Equality Project, a 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to advocacy for LGBTQ+ issues at the state legislative level in Tennessee. TEP has been monitoring the flurry of proposed anti-LGBTQ bills during this year's Tennessee...

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

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

  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...

Metamorphosis Project Donation Needs

Metamorphosis Project Donation Needs

With our new Youth Emergency Center almost open and our Donation Center up and operational, Metamorphosis Project is in need of some items in order to better serve our LGBTQ+ youth clients experiencing homelessness. Often times, these clients come to us with nothing...

A note from our Board of Directors

A note from our Board of Directors

Dear friends, Coming to the end of 2019, we are filled with pride and reflection, and we’re writing you this afternoon with a simple request: to join us in advocating for our mission. 2019 marked 30 years of operations for our community center: What began as the Gay...

2019: Our 30th Year in Review

2019: Our 30th Year in Review

2019 has been a year of growth. We began this year by proudly displaying billboards across Memphis that read WE ARE HERE / ESTAMOS AQUI. On my first day at OUTMemphis, just ten months ago, we were a relentless operation bursting the seams of the Midtown house our...

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OUTMemphis Calendar

January 2020

Mon, January 27

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, January 28

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Grizzlies PRIDE Night
FedEx Forum
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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, January 29

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Meet & Greet with Alexander Hauptman
OUTMemphis, 892 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104, USA
OUTMemphis is proud to announce our newest staff member, Transgender Services Manager Alexander Hauptman!

In order to introduce Alex to the community here in Memphis, OUTMemphis is hosting a Meet & Greet with him on Wednesday, January 29 from 6:00p-8:00p. You'll have a chance to officially meet him, give some feedback on what you'd like to see for Trans Services, have some snacks and mingle with other community members, and hear Alex talk about his plans for 2020 and beyond!

Alex is super excited to meet the community, so we hope you'll come say hello!
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].

Thu, January 30

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.

Fri, January 31

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!

February 2020

Sat, February 1

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!

Sun, February 2

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 3

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].
7:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Trans ID Workshop
The Trans ID Workshop is designed to help transgender individuals navigate the legal documentation and processes of transitioning, including name change, gender markers, and other such paperwork. Where applicable, blank documents and applications will be provided as part of the workshop.

This workshop is open to any community members, so if you'd like to attend, please join us.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What does this workshop involve?

A: The Trans ID Workshop is designed to help transgender individuals navigate the legal documentation and processes of transitioning, including name change, gender markers, and other such paperwork. Where applicable, blank documents and applications will be provided as part of the workshop.

Q: Do I need to bring anything?

A: Nope! All materials necessary will be on hand.

Q: Do I need to RSVP to come to the Trans ID Workshop?

A: No. This workshop occurs on the first and third Monday of every month, and happens directly after those weekly meetings of Perpetual Transition, our core transgender services group. You may come to the workshop alone, but we also invite you to join us beforehand for PT.

Q: I'm not sure if I'm ready to transition, or I'm not sure what my transition will end up looking like. Can I still attend?

A: Of Course! This is merely an informative workshop, and attending certainly does not commit you to anything. However, should you decide it is something you want to move forward with, we have resources to assist.
 

Community Calendar

January 2020

Thu, January 30

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/

Fri, January 31

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/

February 2020

Sat, February 1

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/

Sun, February 2

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/

Mon, February 3

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 4

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/
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, February 5

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/
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]).

Thu, February 6

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/

Fri, February 7

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/
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Rock for Love Hosted by Love Doesn't Hurt
Growlers 1911 Poplar Ave.
Fundraiser for Love Doesn't Hurt music and entertainment by local bands such as Mama Honey, Native Blood, Chinese Dub Connection Embassy, Nefarious Damn Thing, and Magnum Dopus. Proceeds will go to help provide emergency services to victims of crime in the LGBTQ+ Community. $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

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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.

Sat, February 8

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/

Sun, February 9

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/

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