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Campy Country Queers: Juniper Moon Folk Arts magnifies Appalachian voices

We all know, at some point or another, what it is like to feel misunderstood. For those of us who stray from what is “normal,” names like “weirdo” and “freak” become a part of our subconscious identity, and most people use this as an opposing driving force on our confidence.  The things that make us, …

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Strange Hearted Blues: These are not our sins to carry, an Indigenous outcry

[TW: boarding/residential schools; violence against Indigenous peoples/children] Note on terminology: “Indigenous” is used throughout this piece to encompass First Nations, Native American, Black Native, Métis and Inuit communities My grief is a mountain I must chisel into a molehill in order to write these words. There are others of my kin whose grief is even …

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Virgie native uplifts Kentucky and Tennessee LGBTQ+ voices through bar, advocacy

Wendy McCown-Williams Even though Wendy McCown-Williams is a politically-appointed member of the Putnam County Election Commission and a business owner, she weighs her business decisions out against how it could be viewed. For McCown-Williams, operating Cookeville’s only gay bar, Club Temptation, means being constantly aware that she owns a gay bar in a town of …

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Artist and activist Josh Miller creates wearable art, installation fashion

Queer Kentucky works to uplift the voices of LGBTQ+ Kentuckians, and part of that is shining a light on LGBTQ+ owned businesses and the amazing entrepreneurs behind them. Josh Miller is an artist+athlete creating Wearable Photos through his queer-owned small business Josh Miller Ventures. He is the co-founder and CEO of IDEAS xLab, and a …

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Night life: A house is a home at The House Lounge

As another Pride month comes to a close, especially one rife with conversation on recently present and disingenuous commercialism, it seems fitting to take a step back and reflect on the nature of queer culture before this modern period. One topic worthy of mention is the role of the gay bar in the community. Depending …

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Stranger danger: Validation through risky behavior isn’t worth the consequences

I love sex positivity. I love talking about sex. Sex health, sex practices. One might say I have a psychological complex probably given to me in childhood — but i’m not here to draw those conclusions. I’m here to tell you about the time I got gonorrhea. This involved a lot of waiting, because you …

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