The Country Queers podcast features oral history interviews with rural and small-town LGBTQIA+ folks in the U.S. Season One uplifts often unheard stories of rural queer experiences across intersecting layers of identity including race, class, gender identity, age, religion, and occupation. This podcast aims to complicate our collective ideas about rural spaces and queer communities. Subscribe now to get weekly episodes in your feed starting June 30, 2020!
Elandria Williams identifies as a Black, southern/Appalachian, disabled, genderqueer, pansexual, Unitarian Universalist, “auntiemama” to 3 nieces and nephews and 4 god kids. E grew up on Cherokee land in Knoxville and Powell, TN. In this interview – recorded at the STAY Project's summer gathering at Highlander in 2013 – E talks about organizing, their complicated feelings about "country," how you can never be anonymous in the town you grew up in, and how much joy they get from seeing youth thrive. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Learn more about this project at www.countryqueers.com For this episode, at Elandria’s suggestion, we’re asking folks who have additional funds to donate to two initiatives: The first is Black, Appalachian, Young & Rising – a Black-led youth program of the STAY Project. STAY is a central Appalachian regional network of young folks 14-30 supporting one another to make their home communities places young people can and want to stay. The second is the Disability Justice work of the People’s Hub. Elandria is the Executive Director of the People's Hub – a nonprofit that offers live, interactive trainings and workshops to build community power and support grassroots work. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Host, Producer, and Lead Editor: Rae Garringer Assistant Editor & Musical Magic: Tommie Anderson Editorial Advisory Dream Team: Hermelinda Cortés, Lewis Raven Wallace, and Sharon P. Holland Theme Song: Composed and performed on banjo by Sam Gleaves, pedal steel versions by Rebecca Branson Jones Additional music: Composed and performed on acoustic and electric guitar by Tommie Anderson
Black Appalachian Young & Rising – is a Black-led program of the STAY Project. STAY (which stands for Stay Together Appalachian Youth) is a central Appalachian regional network of youth 14-30 working to create sustainable, equitable communities where young folks can and want to stay!
Healing & Housing for Black Womxn after Bail – the RESIST Campaign is a vision led by formerly incarcerated Black womxn. Their goal is to ethically find and steward Indigenous land, to build a green, sustainable nest – ultimately creating a space for formerly incarcerated Black womxn – who include caregivers, sex workers, and mothers – to hold, nurture, and heal themselves and their sisters in experience & struggle
Reunion: Family & Black Land Stewardship Melisse Watson is a Black indigenous queer non binary artist from Tkaronto, Dish with One Spoon wampum territory. They are raising money to buy land in Georgia where their birth father’s family has lived for generations – for the purposes of land regeneration, building community with Black and Indigenous farmers and earth workers, working towards land sovereignty, and protecting and restoring the land, reclaiming it from the state. If you’d like to support by offering building materials or support, equipment and more email firstname.lastname@example.org
My Sistahs House is a grassroots, direct services and advocacy organization that was founded in 2016 by two trans women of color who sought to bridge a gap in services for trans and queer people of color in Memphis, TN. They currently have a 6 bedroom house that serves as emergency housing for TGNC people of color, and they are fundraising to build 20 tiny homes for trans women – expanding on their housing security work!
Where Freedom Grows support Carlin Rushing – a Black queer southern organizer – in buying back a house her family lost to white banks nearly 50 years ago, that sits on land her family has stewarded for generations in the Piedmont of North Carolina.
Build a Black led regenerative Farm Kiley is a Black queer woman who is fundraising to start a farm on the west coast “where Queer folx can get their hands in the dirt, where our communities can thrive, laugh, and be fed.”
Help sustain this rural-queer-led central-Appalachian-based project on Patreon!
Our theme song was written & performed on banjo by the sweetest singing country queer Sam Gleaves – who was one of the first people to share his story with this project in 2013! Pedal steel versions of the song were performed by Rebecca Branson Jones. Additional music on acoustic and electric guitar was written and performed by Tommie Anderson.
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