Wow! The Nashville LGBT community was busy this week. From a Lipstick Lounge reality show to the TEP Red Alert Parties across Tennessee, we round up the news you might have missed this week.
1. Lipstick Lounge: The Series?!
First comes 'It City,' then comes reality television. Several Nashville-based reality series are popping up on television. We've seen the trailer to
the trainwreck Private Lives of Nashville Wives, which will try to replicate Bravo's Housewives success, Crazy Hearts, which is American Idol meets MTV's Real World, premiered on A&E and Lifetime has followed young girls chasing stardom in Chasing Nashville. So it's about time that an LGBT bar would get in the mix, right?
We're not sure what happened but we found a 2010 trailer for a proposed reality series about none other than East Nashville iconic bar The Lipstick Lounge. Watch the trailer below and tell us, would you watch?
2. Miss Gay America moves to Nashville
Big news for Nashville pageant queens! Late last year, Margaret Ellis brought us photos and a recap from Miss Gay America 2014 and although no Tennessee Queen took the title home, Suzy Wong made Top 10. This year's winner, Jessica Jade (below), will hand off the crown in Nashville this year as Miss Gay America moves to Music City.
photo credit: Michael Palmisano Photography
3. TEP Red Alerts Across Tennessee
The Tennessee Legislative Session kicked off this week and TEP celebrated with Red Alert parties across Tennessee. Click here for a recap and photos.
Also, mark your calendar and RSVP for TEP Equality Day on the Hill, March 11.
4. Elton John AIDS Foundations awards grant money to Nashville CARES
It was announced earlier this week that the Elton John AIDS Foundation awarded the Brothers United Network, a branch of Nashville CARES HIV/AIDS outreach, a $42,000 grant.
According to the website, the 21 new and 35 renewal grants support organizations working to address some of the most critical challenges presented by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States and the Caribbean. This grant cycle targets populations that include gay and bisexual men, prison inmates, injection drug users, Black Americans, and young people. Grantee activities include: HIV prevention; testing, treatment, and care services; legal services; organization development; and policy and advocacy.
Congratulations, Nashville CARES and don't forget you can get tickets to their Avant Garde Masquerade by clicking here.
5. Memphis filmmaker releases documentary about four transgender women
A Woman with a Physical Problem, follows four Memphis women as they deal with the problems of being transgender in the Mid-South and finds solutions in the connections they've made through The Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
The documentary is directed by John Cerrito and produced by Phat Ho.
Watch the moving tale below but warning, the film is 45 minutes long.
This documentary was created under a fellowship as part of the 2013 Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies.