New LGBTQ magazine launches

CoverBWBy Bianca Phillips

In September the first issue of Focus Magazine, a new publication for the LGBTQ community, hit stands. Ray Rico Freelance, a Cooper-Young-based design agency, publishes Focus and makes it available in print and online at

The first issue of Focus was titled “The Coming Out Issue” and featured news, arts, entertainment, community, lifestyle, and other trending topics relevant to the LGBTQ community.

The publication is available at local area businesses or readers can subscribe for a mailed copy for $1 per issue.

“The LGBT population in Memphis and regionally is being overlooked when it comes to news that is just for LGBT persons,” said Rico, owner of Ray Rico Freelance. “There are many organizations that serve the needs of this audience, but nothing that is published regularly with aggregated content that is completely LGBT-centric. We want to fill that void.”

Memphis hasn’t had an LGBT print publication in several years. The Triangle Journal, a newspaper published by the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center, ceased publication in 2009. Family & Friends, a Memphis-based LGBT magazine, stopped publication about a decade ago.

“We want everyone to have access to this important publication, so we are offering Focus Magazine for free online and in print,” Rico said. “The printed version will be published every other month while the online version will be uploaded frequently with new and engaging content.”

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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