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Speed Art Museum brings sense of wonder, reflection with Japanese artist’s immersive experience

Yayoi Kusama takes self-reflection literally. Her immersive experience, “LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER,” offers Kentuckians 90 seconds of unbridled introspection. The...
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JD Vance, Donald Trump answer to the rural-urban divide while organizers in Kentucky work to build bridges beyond elections

The “rural-urban divide” has been named a major fault line in American politics. This conversation leaves people quaking every...
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The Punchline Paradox: Embracing My Jewish-Queer Identity

A recent Jewish Heritage Fund survey found that 7% of respondents identified as LGBTQ+. Queer Kentucky has partnered with the...
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Painting Chappell Roan with Andrew Dahling

Hear how this Kentuckian catapulted himself from a gay kid in Boone County to...
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Trans-led “The Daddy Sisters” release powerful debut album

by Will Whaley With their empowering lyrics, energetic stage presence and fashion styles harkening...
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From the Archives: A Brief Butch History

The term “butch,” commonly associated with LGBTQ+ women, originated from a robust Lesbian subculture in the mid-1900s. While its cultural meaning has shifted and is more widely used amongst many different genders and sexualities, it is still predominantly used to describe more masculine-presenting women. In our collections at Faulkner Morgan Archive, we have a wide […]
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Feeling Home in Louisville: Kennedy Stephens

Queer Kentucky has partnered with Louisville Magazine for our fourth print issue. We asked Louisvillians and Kentuckians at large about their queerness and its relationship to the city, where they feel at home, who was there for them when it felt like nobody else was, the biggest issues facing Louisville’s queer communities, and much more. In this issue, […]
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A Dusted Decade with Dusty Ray Bottoms

I first got to know Dusty Ray Bottoms during Lousiville Pride last year. I was a backup dancer for Drag Daddy Production’s mainstage Wizard of Oz set, and Dusty played Elphaba in all her witchy glory. Soon we worked again for Snow White and the Seven Drag Queens, and upon seeing me at a Halloween […]
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Feeling Home in Louisville: Emmet Stevens

Photo by Sarah Davis Queer Kentucky has partnered with Louisville Magazine for our fourth print issue. We asked Louisvillians and Kentuckians at large about their queerness and its relationship to the city, where they feel at home, who was there for them when it felt like nobody else was, the biggest issues facing Louisville’s queer communities, and […]
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In Pursuit of Soft Masculinity: A He/They’s Tell-All

I grew up homeschooled in an Evangelical household — a notoriously supportive environment for a deeply queer future-artist. While my parents were and continue to be very supportive, the ideology I was exposed to was less so. I also grew up in the mid-’90s, and this meant my understanding of binary gender was dictated by […]
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Seventeen Minutes: What the presidential debate taught me

One could say that I am slightly obsessed with politics, but that would be an understatement. It’s more like a fetish, and, in this current political climate, one could call it masochistic.  After Barack Obama became president, it was easy to ignorantly believe that, as a nation, we had moved past hate and the idea […]
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Painting Chappell Roan with Andrew Dahling

Hear how this Kentuckian catapulted himself from a gay kid in Boone County to a big fuckin’ deal across the globe On June 15, Chappell Roan lit up the stage at Kentuckiana Pride, drawing record-breaking crowds for the festival. As if her performance wasn’t spectacular enough, she wore makeup and costume inspired by the drag […]
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White House says it opposes gender-affirming surgery for minors

Originally published by The 19th The Biden administration on Tuesday afternoon provided more details about its opposition to gender-affirming surgery for transgender minors, a position at odds with its previously broad support for gender-affirming care — and one taken by a presidential administration that has closely aligned itself with LGBTQ+ advocates. “These are deeply personal […]
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Western Kentucky town of Henderson celebrates first-ever Pride 25 years after Fairness Ordinance overturned

photo by Lauren Smith-Reed (they/she) Young people sit in front of a crowd looking towards the stage at Henderson, Kentucky’s first-ever Pride on June 30, 2024. In 1999, the western Kentucky town of Henderson passed the fairness ordinance to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Henderson was originally the third city in Kentucky to have LGBTQIA+ […]
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Queer Kentucky Horoscopes: StarGazing for July

7/2- Mercury enters Leo 7/2- Neptune Retrograde in Pisces 7/5- New Moon in 14° Cancer 7/10- Pluto trine Lilith 7/11- Venus enters Leo 7/12 Jupiter sextile North Node 7/20- Mars enters Gemini 7/21- Full Moon in 29° Capricorn  7/22- Sun enters Leo 7/25- Mercury enters Virgo   On the 2nd, Mercury will roam into Leo’s […]
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CONVERSION Movie release party set for tonight at Big Bar

Conversion therapy survivors tell their story in a now publicly released documentary created and produced by Kentuckian Zach Meiners. To celebrate this, Big Bar will be rolling out the red carpet tonight from 6 – 8 p.m. Gravitas Ventures, an Anthem Sports & Entertainment Company, announced today the acquisition of U.S. and Canadian distribution rights […]
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