ART / PROJECTS / BUSINESSES of Country Queers we’ve interviewed:
Help Country Queers survive and thrive in rural communities by supporting the art, farms, creative projects, and businesses of country queers we’ve had the pleasure of meeting along the way!
- Jonah from CT made a great film documenting queer farmers in the U.S. called Out Here.
- Sam and Ethan (from Southwest VA and East KY) write a hilarious Fabulachian blog The Down Home Divas.
- Candace and Autumn own and operate the amazing Ed’s Sno-Cones in Angleton, TX.
- Courtney and her family are the hardworking farmers at Homestead Ranch in Lecompton, KS.
- Crisosto Apache is the Director of the Two Spirit National Cultural Exchange, based in New Mexico.
- Mattie owns the historic Hotel Ritchey in Alpine, TX which she’s fixing up to re-open!
ORAL HISTORY PROJECTS:
- LGBTQ Oral History Hub: AMAZING list of links to dozens of queer oral history projects compiled by the Digital Collaboratory.
- Southerners On New Ground (SONG): building a political home across race, class, culture, gender & sexuality in the South
- The STAY Project (Stay Together Appalachian Youth) : regional network of Central Appalachian youth, 14-30, working towards a more sustainable and inclusive future in the mountains
- Kansas Queer Youth Network (KQYN): a Kansas statewide GSA Network
- Two Spirit National Cultural Exchange: dedicated to the positive development of two-spirit people and culture
- Green Mountain Crossroads: supports rural LGBTQ communities in becoming stronger, healthier, and more visible -based in Brattleboro, Vermont.
- Rural Organizing Project: the Rural Organizing Project uses values-based organizing to advance a progressive vision of democracy in Oregon, with a focus on Democracy & Civic Participation, Immigrant Fairness, LGBTQ Justice, Economic Justice, and the Cost of War.
- USDA’s Rural Pride Campaign: In an effort to elevate the voices of the LGBT community living in rural America, USDA and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, launched the #RuralPride campaign in 2014. The centerpiece of this campaign is a series of day-long summits hosted by USDA, NCLR, and a number of local partners based in rural communities across the country.
REPORTS / ESSAYS / RESOURCE MANUALS :
- GLSEN Strengths and Silences Report on the Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students in Rural and Small Town Schools: 2012
- SONG’s Small Town Cross Roads Report 2013
- QUEER RURALISM: An Essay in the Harvard Journal of Law by Bud W. Jerke 2011
Walk Till The Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia. 2015. Edited by Adrian Blevins and Karen Salyer McElmurray.
Bodies of Evidence: The Practice of Queer Oral History. 2012. Edited by Nan Alamilla Boyd and Horacio N. Roque Ramirez.
Exile & Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation. 2009. by Eli Clare.
Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America. 2009. by Mary L. Gray.
In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives. by Jack Halberstam.
Another Country: Queer Anti-Urbanism. 2010. by Scott Herring.
Rednecks, Queers, and Country Music. 2014. by Nadine Hubbs.
Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural America. 2013. by Colin R. Johnson.
Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. 2008. by E. Patrick Johnson.
The Evening Hour by Carter Sickels.
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich.