What are the Focus Awards?

The Focus Awards are the Mid-South’s premier awards for recognizing LGBT persons and allies who are making a significant impact on the LGBT community through their leadership, career achievements and personal qualities, and who also inspire others to excel.

Who’s behind the Focus Awards?

The Focus Awards are proudly presented by Focus Mid-South Magazine. The Focus Center Foundation, 501c3, is the fiscal agent for the Focus Awards. Focus is all about LGBT people and their allies…their work, play, families, creativity, style, health and wealth, bodies, and souls. Serving the Memphis Metro Area within a 100-mile radius, Focus launched its first issue, appropriately called the Coming Out Issue in September 2015. Focus is published by Ray Rico Freelance, LLC.

Who can be nominated for a Focus Award?

Any LGBT person,  ally, business, or group of any age who is making or has made a significant impact on the LGBT community through their leadership, career achievements and personal qualities, and who also inspire others to excel

How do I nominate someone for a Focus Award?

All nominations must be submitted online here. All nominations must include the following:

  • The official nomination form
  • A description of the candidate’s achievements
  • A description of the candidate’s responsibilities and accomplishments within and outside the LGBT community
  • A description of qualities possessed by the candidate that makes them worthy of recognition by Focus Mid-South Magazine and the Mid-South LGBT community.

How are the winners determined?

Judges representing the Mid-South LGBT community and its allies will be appointed to a panel by the publisher of Focus Mid-South with advisement from a committee of community volunteers. Nominations are then submitted to the panel that then evaluates and selects those individuals most deserving of the awards.

When is the Focus Awards presentation?

The awards presentation and party honoring the nominees and winners will be held August 23, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.

Where will the Focus Awards be held?

The awards presentation and party honoring the nominees and winners will be held at The Atrium at Overton Square, 2105 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104.

Will alcohol be served at the event?

This event will feature a full open bar with beer, wine and mixed drinks for those 21+. All drinks are included in the ticket price.

What is the dress code for the event?

Dress code for this event is semi-formal. Black tie is not required.

What is the cost to attend the event?

Early bird tickets are available now with tables (seats 8) at $350 and individual tickets at $50.

Are there sponsorship opportunities?

Sponsorship opportunities are available. If you would like to sponsor the event please contact us at awards@focusmidsouth.com.

Can I volunteer to help with the event?

Volunteers are needed for the night of the event. If you are interested in volunteering please contact us at awards@focusmidsouth.com.

Who do the Focus Awards support?

Yearly at the Focus Awards, we make it a point to have our core nonprofit groups present. With excess funds from the Focus Center Foundation, we will be making monetary donations announced the night of the event.

Award Categories

The Visionary Award
Awarded to an LGBT person aged 30 or older whose work has created opportunities, or will have long-lasting benefits in the Mid-South LGBT community.

The Trailblazer Award
Awarded to an LGBT person aged 30 or younger whose work has created opportunities, or will have long-lasting benefits in the Mid-South LGBT community.

The Allie Award
An ally of any age whose work has created opportunities, or will have long lasting benefits in the Mid-South LGBT community.

The People's Choice Award
An LGBT person or ally of any age. Nominations will be submitted online. Top vote getters will be sent to a panel of judges for final determination of winner.