Memphis LGBTQ+ Organizations & Businesses

When it’s time to show up and show out in the spirit of celebrating our LGBTQ+ community, many of our local organizations and businesses don’t miss a beat!

They’re providing educational resources and safe spaces, and good times for all folks to let loose and be exactly who they’re suppose to be.

Learn more about Memphis' lgbtq+ organizations and businesses:

organizations & nonprofits

OUTMemphis has been caring for our local LGBTQ+ community since 1989, acting as a hub where folks can not only feel seen and find their way, but also foster fellowship regardless of identity.

From providing affordable Health & Wellness resources, to establishing the Metamorphosis Project which addresses homelessness amongst LGBTQ+ youth, their course of action to empower, educate, and advocate for the rights and wellbeing of others is comprised of many components.

Program offerings also include, but are not limited to:

  • Custom cultural humility trainings and HR consults for organizations, businesses, schools, and agencies of all kinds.
  • Social support groups with individualized peer groups.
  • Organized field trips for LGBTQ+ seniors.
  • OUTFlix: The Annual LGBTQ+ Film Festival for the Mid-South
  • Trans ID Workshops
  • Physical Health Classes *currently on hold due to Covid-19*

OutMemphis is gearing up to host queer prom on June 25th!

From the first Memphis Gay Day in 1976 to the pandemic-safe Virtual Pride Fest of 2020, Mid-South Pride has been partying with Pride for over 40 years. This volunteer-based organization has brought Memphis together year after year—hosting festivities that fill the streets with color, and unify the vibrant communities that make up our local LGBTQ+ spectrum.

Mid-South Pride has planned a full lineup of Pride parties and programming!

Transgender and gender nonconforming people, especially those of color, are disproportionately affected by discrimination that takes on many different forms.

My Sistah’s House, a Memphis-based grassroots organization—founded by two trans women of color, Kayla Rena Gore and Illyahna C. Wattshall—serves our local queer community by addressing Memphis’ lack of emergency housing for TLGBQ people. Not only that, but their services also provides assistance with resume coaching, the legal name change process, survival kit and meal distribution, and more.

See how you can support their efforts here

In celebration of diversity, acceptance, and inclusion, TriState Black Pride works to spread love and light upon the education, outreach, arts, and culture of Memphis and the Mid-South’s LGBTQ community and allies.

Recognized as the official Black Pride of Memphis by the Center for Black Equity, TSBP hosts annual programming that brings Black voices, history, perspective, and joy to the forefront of the conversation surrounding equal rights.

TriState Black Pride is hosting their All Star Pride Weekend June 16-19. 

Operating as a non-profit, and resident of the TheatreWorks theatre company, Friends of George’s brings the drama as they put a creative twist on theatrical productions.

Paying homage to George’s Disco, an iconic Memphis gay bar that was once known as  “The Showplace of the South,” their elaborate in-drag  performances do the name justice, and keep the tradition of drag theatre alive.

news outlets

Serving the local LBGTQ+ community since September 2015, Focus Mid-South Magazine informs, inspires, energizes and mobilizes Memphians by delivering editorial content that fosters understanding and unity.

From highlighting heartfelt stories to reporting the latest e-buzz and breaking news that affects the community, locally and at large, FM provides “a fresh look at the LGBTQ+ culture and communities in Tennessee.

Check out the latest issue here

memphis gaydar

The Memphis Flyer has been delivering  alternative news since 1989, and the Memphis Gaydar is their dedicated section of stories that are for and about our local LGBTQ+ community. Whether its politics, entertainment, hard-hitting news, or the like, their team doesn’t shy away from telling it like it is.

Find a place to pick up a copy here.

nightlife & entertainment

When you’re looking for good drinks, good food, good music, and a good ole gay time, Memphis comes correct with a number of local stomping grounds, each offering a unique experience. Take a look at the highlights below, and sashay your way there:

Photo: DJ Marceaux Marceaux
  • 21+ only bar located in Crosstown (Midtown) neighborhood open Monday – Sunday from 4PM-3AM.
  • Programming:
    • Disco Tea with DJ Murphy every Sunday from 5PM-9PM (Summer Only)
    • Tuesdays= All You Can Eat Wing Night for $15
    • Keep an eye out for what else they’re planning here.

Hit up the Sauna Pride Party at the Pumping Station on June 4th!

Video: @magicalmissmothie

  • 21+ only bar located in Midtown neighborhood open Wednesdays 3PM-12AM, Thursdays-Saturdays 3PM-2AM & Sundays 1PM-8PM.
  • Programming:
    • Karaoke Happy Hour Everyday
    • Open Mic Comedy on Thursdays
    • Sizzling Saturdays ft. the Kings & Queens of DRUS
    • Keep an out of for events to come.
Photo: @belladuballe
  • 21+ only bar located in Downtown Memphis open Friday-Saturday 6PM- 1AM & Sunday 11AM- 7PM.
  • Programming:

happy pride month memphis!

Memphis has all kinds of good times planned for the girls, gays, and theys 🏳️‍🌈

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