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Photo courtesy of Tony Webster / Flickr  Two bills have been proposed in the Tennessee legislature that Tennesseans are calling out as targeting the LGBTQ community, particularly homosexual and transgender people. The first, an anti-gay marriage bill titled the “Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act,” was introduced by Rep. Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) and Sen. Mark …

Photos and story by Sarah Dixon-Morgan / Contributing Writer Thousands of marchers lined the streets of Nashville on Saturday morning to kick off the Nashville Pride Festival, which has celebrated “lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people and culture in Middle Tennessee since 1988.” Groups were lined up well before 9:30 a.m., and the “Equality Walk” …

Photo courtesy of Bonnaroo “SheROO” was established last year at Bonnaroo with only about 30 women in attendance. Since then, that number doubled at Bonnaroo 2018, resulting in over 70 female and non-binary Bonnaroovians camping together at Tennessee’s popular festival. Most women hear of SheROO through word of mouth or the themed community camping page on the …

Photo and story by Savannah Meade / Contributing Writer  Keven Lewis, an MTSU liberal arts master’s student, provided the “Tennovation Keynote” address for the LGBT+ College Conference at the James Union Building Thursday. The address was based on a paper that Lewis wrote at MTSU, which is titled “Standing on Holy Ground: An Argument for …

Photo and story by Daniel Shaw-Remeta / Contributing Writer Marisa Richmond, an MTSU Women’s and Gender Studies professor, gave a lecture on the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights as a core American value Monday in the Paul W. Martin Sr. Honors Building. Her lecture was a part of the Spring 2018 …

Photo Courtesy of Nashville Pride As Middle Tennessee prepares for the Nashville Pride Festival this weekend, many are excitedly making their festival plans. The event is set to feature musical entertainment, drag shows and an equality march, all of which will celebrate the LGBTQ  community. But what does Pride look like in Tennessee, a state …