Appalachia

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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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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Remembering PULSE: Kentucky philanthropist works to bring healing to Orlando and beyond

Five years have passed since a gunman walked into a gay club in Orlando, FL and changed the lives of queer people and allies around the world forever. Pain, mourning and fear has filled the LGBTQ+ community since June 2016, but one Kentucky man is working to bring healing energy into the still raw wound. …

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Kickstarter launched for Appalachian LGBTQ+ restaurant, entertainment venue

(PIKEVILLE, KY) – LGBTQ+ Eastern Kentuckians have long lacked spaces designated specifically for them to gather in a safe and friendly environment; however, one individual, backed by a supportive community, is hoping to change that. London native Tasha Sams, and a team of others, are working to bring HOME Appalachia to life. HOME Appalachia is …

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Pikeville man, Big Sandy Safe Zone advocate to be honored at Queer Kentucky Awards in June

Kyle May Kyle lived in a small eastern KY town that does not have a big acceptance to the LGTB community. Struggling himself with feeling comfortable in the community Kyle took it upon himself to create the Big Sandy Safe Zone. It started out as him as some member and now is compete with a full board and …

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Climate change is important topic for this Queer Kentuckian

Casey What do you identify as? Why? Or why don’t you identify as anything?I am a non-binary lesbian because I personally do not subscribe to a male or female identity but sexually identify as lesbian. What does the word Queer mean to you?It means taking a weapon (a harmful word) from my oppressor and making …

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