Country Queers is an ongoing multimedia oral history project documenting the diverse experiences of rural, small town, and country LGBTQ+ folks in the U.S.A.
We are gathering stories from throughout the United States documenting how our 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.
We believe that LGBTQ+ people live in every rural county across this country, that we have always been here, that our stories have gone untold for far too long, and demand a reality in which we are able not only to survive, but to thrive in the places we love.
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 the history and intentions for this project please click here.
Montanna grew up country and currently resides in Vancouver, Canada. She has a passion for history outside of the ivory tower and is excited to be working on such an exciting project!
Kayden sometimes lives in the city but is a country boy at heart. He likes being on his bike, learning about sustainable food systems, getting tattooed, working for social change, and baking pies.
Jocelyn lives in New Orleans but misses the mountains every day.
Izzy is a country queer from Berea, KY currently living in Whitesburg, KY.