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Local LGBTQ+ Organizations & Businesses You Should Know About

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 about ’em:

Organization & Nonprofits

Out Memphis


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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*


Mid-South Pride


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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.

Their annual Pride Fest takes place in June, which is nationally known as Pride Month, and they’ve got plenty of festive fun planned out for the girls, gays, theys.


My Sistah’s House


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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


TriState Black Pride

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 5th Annual Pride Weekend June 17-20. See what they’ve got planned, and learn how you can support their work here


Friend’s of George’s

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.

Their season is ongoing and more details about their upcoming shows can be found on their website:


News Outlets:

Focus Mid-South


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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


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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.

The Memphis Flyer hits the streets every Wednesday morning. Find a place to pick up a copy here.


Nightlife and 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:

The Pumping Station (1382 Poplar Avenue):


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  • 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.


Dru’s Place (1474 Madison Avenue):


Atomic Rose Dance & Nightclub  (140 LT George W Lee Avenue)


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  • 21+ only bar located in Downtown Memphis open Friday-Saturday 6PM- 1AM & Sunday 11AM- 7PM.
  • Programming:

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