If you're planning a trip to Memphis, this is your quick guide to all the city has to offer the LGBTQ community.

MEDIA

Check out these local media outlets focused on serving the LGBTQ community

FOCUS MID-SOUTH

A Memphis-based magazine dedicated to the LGBTQ community and its allies, featuring fascinating profiles, an events calendar, and stories focused on arts, theater, culture and travel. 

RE: FOCUS PODCAST

Equal parts irreverent and classy, this podcast brings you up to speed on important news and timely topics in the Bluff City’s LGBTQ community. 

MEMPHIS GAYDAR

The Memphis Flyer’s blog focused on local and regional LGBTQ events, happenings and news. 

THE UNLEASHED VOICE

A Memphis-based publication spotlighting the voices of the multicultural LGBTQ community, and featuring community news, artist features, fashion, relationships and more.  

THE UNLEASHED VOICE RADIO SHOW

A show for Tennessee’s LGBTQ community, broadcast on KWAM AM 990. 

PRIDE411

A national LGBTQ resource featuring information about art galleries, museums, theaters, athletic competitions, nature trails, historic sites, music events and more. You can search listings to find LGBTQ-supportive businesses, organizations, and resources near you.
 

ENTERTAINMENT & Nightlife

Whether you want to get down on the dance floor, enjoy a show, or just relax at the bar, Memphis has a spot just for you

FRIENDS OF GEORGE’S 

​A community theater organization comprised of volunteers whose vision is to create alternative performances for the LGBT community. Follow their Facebook page for upcoming performances.

OUTLOUD COMEDY SHOWCASE 

See local stand up comics or try your hand during the open mic session on Friday nights at 9 p.m. hosted by the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center. The MGLCC is a smoke and alcohol-free environment and is restricted to those 18 years of age and up unless accompanied by an adult. A donation of five dollars is suggested. Check out their Facebook page for more information. 

CLUB SPECTRUM 

If you want to dance the night away, Club Spectrum has been a staple of Memphis LGBT nightlife since opening in 2010. Located between Downtown and Midtown, Spectrum boasts two large dancefloors and is host to the best Drag Show in Memphis.

DRU’S BAR

Dru’s Bar in Midtown prides themselves on their friendly atmosphere. So sit back grab a PBR and pick out a song on the jukebox, or grab a few more as liquid courage to get on stage for karaoke. Check their schedule for Drag Shows, comedy shows, and other events. 

THE PUMPING STATION

Located in the heart of the up and coming Crosstown neighborhood, the Pumping Station has been open since 2001. Get your leather out because Wednesday night is Leather Kilt, Kink, And More (or Less!).  Not only does the Pumping Station have fun special events, they also make sure to give back with community fundraisers.  Check out their website and Facebook for all their upcoming events.
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FESTIVALS 

OUTFLIX FILM FESTIVAL

Presented every September, Outflix Film Festival celebrates the best films made for or by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer community. 

MID-SOUTH PRIDE FESTIVAL

The most colorful weekend of the year, held each September in Downtown Memphis. 

TRI-STATE BLACK PRIDE 

Celebrating Pride with brunches, talks, parties and more activities at different venues across the city. 

NONPROFITS

CHOICES MEMPHIS CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH 

Choices provides comprehensive, non-judgemental sexual and reproductive health for the LGBTQ+ community. 

FOCUS CENTER FOUNDATION 

The Focus Center Foundation’s mission is to recognize excellence in LGBTQ persons and their allies. 

FRIENDS FOR LIFE

Friends For Life helps those affected by HIV/AIDS live well. Their goal is to eliminate new transmissions of HIV in Memphis and the Mid-South and empower those living with HIV to become their healthiest, happiest selves.

OUT MEMPHIS

This Midtown-based organization is one of the largest resource providers for the Memphis LGBTQ community, offering everything from advocacy to youth services to social activities. 

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Provides health and health education services to LGBTQ individuals the Greater Memphis Area. You can book an appointment directly on their website.