Appalachia

Newly founded LGBTQ+ Appalachian fund aims to increase resources for Queer community

Appalachia has a newly founded LGBTQ+ fund that will ensure queer youth and leaders have the tools and resources they need to build a more just, diverse and vibrant region. Co-founded by Lora Smith and Baylen Campbell, the Lige Clarke Liberation Fund honors his life’s work by supporting LGBTQ+ activism, leadership, and infrastructure in his …

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Appalachian singer, artist debuts sophomore EP during Pride month

Larah Helayne’s (they/them) sophomore release Good Riddance is a stirring compilation of banjo pop songs heavy with pain and healing. The follow up to their teenage debut Roots, written as a love letter to Appalachia, debuts live Saturday, June 11 at Steam Engine Room in Irvine, Kentucky.  The EP release show featuring the single State Line …

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Despite Legislative Onslaught, Kentucky Teacher of the Year Envisions Positive Future

“I’ve definitely seen shifts in teachers feeling confident to speak out about what they believe. It requires someone to really put themselves out there.” Teachers are already encouraged to give more of themselves than their job description demands — sometimes in service of rigorous academic reporting and sometimes in service of caring for the student beyond their retention of grade-11 vocabulary. But in addition to those oft-unrecognized demands, LGBTQ and BIPOC teachers are often solely responsible for cultivating safe and enriching spaces for similar students. This act of “putting themselves out there” is increasingly weighing on Carver and his colleagues.

HOME Appalachia to kick off with first virtual entrepreneur meetup

The LGBTQ+ business community continues to grow in Eastern Kentucky and HOME Appalachia has made it their mission to foster that growth. The LGBTQ+ centered organization will host its first virtual meetup at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 30. “This is an opportunity for LGBT entrepreneurs and innovators to come together and get to know …

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LGBTQ+ Community Center and resource center for homeless LGBTQ+ youth to open in 2022

LGBTQ+ Center, Old Louisville Two Louisville nonprofits announced today that they will open new facilities to serve the LGBTQ+ community in the coming months. The Louisville Pride Foundation will open an LGBTQ+ Community Center at 1244 South Third Street in the Old Louisville Neighborhood. Sweet Evening Breeze serves LGBTQ+ youth (Ages 18-24 years old) experiencing …

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Country queen snags All-Star crown, furthers conversation on the rural Queer voice

Country Queers are becoming more and more visible in the media but, the question is, who is truly listening? Georgian RuPaul’s Drag Race girl and trans icon Kylie Sonique Love recently entered the “All Star Hall of Fame” after competing against three fellow southern queens. During her time on the show, Love was not shy …

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