“There are gay rednecks, there have always been gay rednecks, and there always will be too.”
Along with the Civil Rights Movement, the blues, and the Moon Pie, we also have the American South to thank for a 50-plus year bounty of lesbian literature.
“We don’t talk about our roots as they relate to the heaviness of humid air recycled through our generations on swampy plantations. My family has never talked about it with me, at least. It feels like a small betrayal, choosing to go south when we were given a new chance in the West.”
Orion in the darkness, a pet video, immigration raids 101, women doing things, lots of good writing, advertising targets trans community, Amanda Knox?, a memorial to a marriage and so much more!
Now that everything’s been made public, the roll out on this is going to be quick. What rural town from which you’ll steal land is best for you? Should you diversify and steal from multiple areas? Should you stake claim on your new land by driving a dildo into the ground?
The South’s conservative and religious majority has made it nearly impossible to suss out the queers in classic Southern literature and in the history books. That’s why this list exists.
Kristene has struggled to overcome the loss of her girlfriend, physical and mental health challenges, and financial barriers to receiving the care she needs. Today, her dream is to spread a message of hope to other trauma victims and the LGBT community.
Laura Jane Grace’s 10-part AOL series, queer Asian mothers can be part of a study, Fingersmith is being adapted, school stuff, how to be alone, why to talk to strangers, Laverne Cox on your TV, “lesbian-like” German suffragists, asshole almonds, queers on parade, sexual harassment, and like six other things.
This shiny new collection of queer Southern poetry and stories is guaranteed to stick to your ribs.
“It’s so easy to yearn and ache for people to fill the space surrounding you, but it’s so difficult to find those who can do so in a way that doesn’t immediately consume all your hard-won oxygen and freedom.”
We got chills and teary eyes in the first session when leaders from the southern based LGBTQ advocacy organizations we invited told us simply that we didn’t have to leave the south. I can’t remember ever having heard anyone tell me that so plainly before.
“I kept MapQuest directions to Albuquerque in the glove compartment of my car, just in case I needed to run away. When I graduated, I moved to upstate New York for college.”