Country Queers is a multimedia oral history project documenting the diverse experiences of rural, small town, and country LGBTQIA folks in the USA through audio recordings, transcriptions, and photographs.
We are gathering stories from throughout the USA in order to document how experiences of country queerness are similar, and how they differ based on race, class, age, ability, gender identity, immigration status and other parts of our identities.
My name is Rachel Garringer. I founded this project in 2013 out of an intense feeling of frustration with the lack of rural queer visibility, and the extreme sense of isolation I felt as a queer person living back home in Southeastern West Virginia. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to interview 45 amazing Country Queers in 14 States!
If you’d like to know more about me and my intentions please click here.
Country Queers is an ongoing project and would not exist without the support of volunteers, the donations of supporters, and the generosity and bravery of those who share their stories!
Please get in touch if you’d like to participate and follow us on Social Media for updates.