Gender

Sex work is work: Queer sex workers shed light on an industry changed by a pandemic

The following story was written by an anonymous sex worker that wanted to shed light on an industry struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They refer to themselves as “J” through a few interviews with queer sex workers in Kentucky. The highlighted sex workers have either remained anonymous or allowed us to use their name …

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Queer Kentucky Feature: ‘I’m proud of the way the community has come together since we started to protest the murder of Breonna Taylor’

Ezra Yelverton What does the word queer mean to you?Being queer means sharing similar experiences with a person or group, but having a different story to tell. I think everyone that falls under this umbrella term has several things in common, but no one is ever the same. And that’s okay because, at some point, …

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Queer Kentucky Feature: ‘As a Black person my life has always been a protest’

Phelix Crittenden What does the word queer mean to you?  Queer means to me, the ability to be whoever the fuck you want! Queer is limitless. Queer is captivating. Queer is bold & brave. Queer is fearless & unapologetic. Queer can be fabulous & dainty, or rough & rugged, or literally all of those things …

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Queer Kentucky Feature: ‘For me to be queer is to be black and to be black is to be queer’

Mariah Mays What does the word queer mean to you?In all technicality queer means strange or odd, but how does one person claim what’s strange or odd?  Because you choose not to conform to societal expectations, or adapt to what’s accepted or passing? For me to be queer is to be black and to be …

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Black, Queer tea shop owner makes literary debut with poetry collection

When she first sat down to write, Sis Got Tea owner Arielle Clark‘s (she/her/hers) mind kept circling back to one central issue: the underrepresentation of voices like her’s on bookshelves across America. As a Black, queer, polyamorous woman from Kentucky, her story isn’t the sort typically chosen for book club meetings or “Ladies Wine and …

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KHJN Trans Health Advocacy announces new surgical grant program

Queer Kentucky chatted via email with Oliver Hall, (They/Them), Trans Health Director for Kentucky Health Justice Network about the new KHJN Trans Health Surgical Grant Application. The Trans Health Advocacy Program, a part of Kentucky Health Justice Network, is accepting applications to support Trans Kentuckians seeking gender affirming surgeries. Each grantee will receive $1,000 towards their surgery. The first …

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