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Protect your pleasure: Talking safe butt stuff with VOA FIT

Most of us have had some sort of sexual education class during schooling. It was most likely taught to you by a very awkward P.E. teacher who was forced to briefly go over the birds and the bees of cis het sex. Or, you had an eighth grade science and life skills teacher that told …

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Queer Kentucky’s partner 502 Hemp discusses CBD: Is USDA Organic better?

In the organic trend, consumers are discovering the benefits of avoiding chemicals and pesticides. Certainly, CBD is no exception. USDA organic seals and non-GMO labels are a couple of ways consumers identify quality foods and products. However, does the label make CBD better? No, CBD labeled USDA Organic isn’t better. The USDA is a voluntary …

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‘Protect your Pleasure’ and get tested with Queer Kentucky’s partner: VOA Fit

Volunteers of America Mid-States HIV program is dedicated to helping educate the community around testing, prevention and treatment resources. They conduct free, confidential HIV testing with results in minutes, distribute an abundance of safer sex supplies to the community and provide linkage to care when appropriate. Their program also provides housing assistance for individuals living …

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Queerness and Vegan Culture: How Louisville Vegan Jerky Company has found a home in Kentucky’s queer culture

by Sarah Gardiner Walk into any vegan restaurant and you’re likely to see the two more popular staples of any “alternative”-eatery: faux-meat and queer customers. Such is the case at the Louisville Vegan Jerky Company and former Morels’ new pop-up shops quickly spreading throughout the city. Vegan and Vegetarianism have always had deep ties to …

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HIV/AIDS fundraiser serves up chocolate realness: Chocolate Fest 2019

Chocolate, liquor, auctions and more!

Kentuckiana AIDS Alliance’s annual Chocolate Fest fundraiser is Aug 3 at the Mellwood Art Center. The event is from 7 p.m. — 11 p.m.

The KAA unites local non-profit agencies to provide a unique system of support for those affected by HIV/AIDS. They serve 19 counties in and around Metro Louisville. In 2018, Queer Kentucky partnered with KAA by providing them condoms to distribute at their testing and marketing events.

Their mission is to advocate for those with HIV/AIDS and unite and empower the local HIV/AIDS service organizations that serve them. KAA honors those who have gone before through education, celebration and remembrance. And through their signature events, the Louisville AIDS Walk and Chocolate Fest, they rally support and raise funds for those affected by HIV/AIDS across Metro Louisville and Southern Indiana.

KAA reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any Chocolate Fest without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video.

Grab your tickets here!

GENERAL ADMISSION – $45.00 ($55 at the door)

Includes:

-Decadent chocolate

-Lite bites

-Unlimited spirits

-Dazzling entertainment

-Free admission to PLAY Louisville (8/3 only, must show wristband)

…and MORE!

VIP – $100.00 ($125 at the door)

Includes all G.A. benefits PLUS:

-Access to VIP lounge

-Designated waitstaff in VIP lounge

-Signature VIP cocktail

-Swag bag

…and MORE!

Purchase tickets ahead of time and save (ticket portal closes at 4 p.m. the day of)!  Tickets are non-refundable.

Lesbian Heaven existed, and it was located in Germantown

By Sarah Gardiner, Nanny Goat Books

Photo by: Camilla Jasis-Wallace

The first time I walked into Purrswaytions was on New Years Eve 2015. 

I was supposed to be on my way to New York, but the flight was canceled and I was desperate for any sort of lesbian energy. Pulling out my phone, I googled the nearest queer bar, saw the word “dive” in the description, and knew I’d found my home for the night. 

Stepping over the threshold was like stepping into a different Louisville than the one where I grew up. This Louisville was loud and glittery and very, very full of lesbians. Femmes and dykes, studs and chapsticks, queer women of every kind milled around the bar. Even more people gathered around pool tables in a room off to the side, and I could hear the unmistakable thump of a dance floor in the back. 

Lesbian Heaven existed, and it was located in Germantown. 

Since that night, Purrswaytions has become something of a home base for me and my queer life in Louisville. Some of my best friends have been made over beers at the rainbow lit bar, and I’ve had the joy of getting to know the lovely owners, Matt and Tina, who care more about their community than any other bar owners I’ve ever met. Over the 7+ years they have owned Purr, they’ve truly created a family of regulars who support one another and take care of each other in times of need. If someone is sick or in need of a little help, they have time and time again hosted fundraisers and benefits to bring the community together and lend whatever support they could spare. 

I’ve traveled a lot, lived in major cities with queer scenes bigger than my younger, Kentucky-bred lesbian self could dream of. But none of these bars and none of these places have ever felt as welcoming as walking through the doors of Purrswaytions and being greeted on a first-name basis. 

There are awesome people everywhere, and Louisville is lucky enough to have an abundance of queer-owned and queer-friendly spaces, but to make a community into a family you need to have a home. Purrswaytions is an underrated home in the Louisville queer community. Give it a chance—hell, give it a few—you just never know who you’re going to meet at such a queer staple. And, in the mean time, you’ll have the chance to support your local lesbian bar and hang around some truly lovely people. 

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