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Memphis is a city I love so much and a city that will always be “home” for me, no matter where I get my mail.  It is a part of me and I’m a part of it.  I wouldn’t be who I am today without this city and I’m reminded of that every day…and forever thankful. 

This is part 6 of a so far 6 part series from WREG-TV in Memphis, focusing on overcoming many of the obstacles that Memphis faces and how other Southern cities have tackled similar issues.  I’ll be linking the other parts in each post.  

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

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Gays In Alabama Predict Rights Will Arrive In Their State When They're Dead

Filed under The South Alabama LGBTQ Marriage Equality Gay Marriage Same-Sex Marriage Marriage Wedding Weddings LGBTQ in the South

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Appeals court overturns Alabama's gay-sex ban

When I first read this, I read it as same-sex marriage ban, not same-sex sex act.  This is sooooo far behind the times that I was a little taken aback.  But forward is forward.  Let’s get it, Alabama! 

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Former UGA Safety Tray Matthews Transferring to Auburn



Tray Matthews, the recently-dismissed safety from the University of Georgia, will be an Auburn Tiger.

Matthews tweeted after he was dismissed that Auburn or Louisville would be his next school: 

After a few visits to Auburn, Gus Malzahn decided to give Matthews a second chance. 

Matthews was a highly-regarded safety prospect from the 2013 class. According to, he was the #5 safety in the nation and the 44th-best overall player in the country. 

He was able to get significant playing time as a true freshman, appearing in eight games, making 36 tackles, intercepting one pass, and forcing a fumble. 

Auburn fans may remember him from a certain play…


I’m not even going to lie, that’s kind of awkward.

Sure, it was more Josh Harvey-Clemons’ fault for knocking the ball out of Matthews’ hands. Still, Matthews was a part of that play. 

Either way, he’s a talented player that could definitely help Auburn’s defense in the future.

Matthews had some off-the-field issues at UGA which ultimately led to his dismissal. That may concern some Auburn fans. To that, I say: Cam Newton, Nick Marshall, etc. I trust Gus Malzahn’s judgement, and giving players second chances has worked out pretty well before. 

Tray Matthews will likely have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules, but he will be eligible for the 2015 season. 

Thanks for reading, and War Eagle.

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University Of Alabama Student Government Votes To Leave All-White Sororities Alone

The problem here, as far as my understanding, is that a girl was denied from all 16 traditionally white sororities.  Since this made national news, 23 WoC have accepted bids from traditionally white sororities. 

I thi
nk the reason the student senators left it alone was both because of that last tidbit (not that it corrects the situation) and because it would have left them in an awkward place when it comes to the traditionally minority Greeks. Would they be forced to integrate? They were founded BECAUSE PoC were excluded from Greek life back in the day. 

And Greek life is a HUGE thing Down South. In my experience, it’s vastly different than it is in other parts of the country. Tennessee is not a Greek run school, yet 40% of our student body is Greek. At the same time, 95% of the PoC that are Greek here are in minority organizations. 

So I can’t say I blame the SGA for not touching it out of fear they make it worse. Now, I don’t know that was their motivation; I can only hope it was in the right place. But I hope this national spotlight helps Bama resolve the solution.

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SPLC challenges Alabama’s unconstitutional Marriage Protection Act and Sanctity of Marriage Amendment | Southern Poverty Law Center

It’s comin, y’all! And once several Southern states (or maybe red states in general) have had their marriage equality bans overturned, which is already happening and inevitable, I honestly see an amendment at the federal level protecting LGBTQ folks.  It’s just a matter of time. 

Filed under Alabama The South Marriage Equality LGBTQ Same-Sex Marriage Gay Marriage Marriage Wedding Weddings Southern Poverty Law Center

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Alabama Hospitals To Pregnant Women – "Sorry, honey, we won’t help you here." | American Civil Liberties Union

Filed under Alabama The South Reproductive Health Reproductive Rights Women's Rights

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Why the South Fell Apart in the Snow

The author’s point is only further proven that people not from the South, or that haven’t lived here for an extended period of time, just don’t get. And never will. As the post says, we have no reason to have heavy snow equipment and we aren’t used to driving in this kind of weather. It’s more than a single issue and it’s so tiring to have Yankees commenting on Southern issues, in general. I just wish they’d stop moving down here and then complaining about everything, but that’s a discussion for another day.

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