“I came to you in a state of exhaustion with all these things that have been weighing on me for so long and I wanted to find a way to celebrate myself.”
“Maybe I could teach you how to do that and you could teach me a couple of things I’ve been wonderin’,” I told her. She shook my hand. It was a deal.
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.
A lesser, straighter person might have given up the ghost at this point, but I was determined.
“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.”
Lesbians raising a foster son in Alabama, Democrats and identity politics, why we need a lesbian Clair Huxtable, skincare have you heard about it, what kids are learning about slavery will fuck your day right up, and so much more!
“Country music reminds me of long drives to and away from home, of long conversations on porches with friends and lovers, of something we’re told in a million and one ways isn’t for us and still — we make it ours anyways.”
I grew up in Roy Moore’s Alabama; his hatred and zealotry have no limits. Now, he’s headed for the Senate, and he’ll likely win.
Queer Appalachia celebrated the release of Electric Dirt: A Celebration of Queer Voices and Identities from Appalachia and the South while raising funds for Southerners on New Ground and oh, having a Queer Granny Witch party!
On Thursday, I heard we were going to have some rain over the weekend, and now the city that I have lived in my whole life is underwater. How do you grieve such a catastrophic loss?
“While there have been no arrests yet of the white supremacists who mercilessly beat a counter-protester in Charlottesville, there have already been at least three arrests for the removal of the Confederate monument in Durham, and two of them are queer activists of color.”
The step from “good ol’ boy” to “armed white supremacist mob member” is as simple as believing you have to protect a way of life that’s under attack by an “other.”
The tale of Martha Kirksey, the woman who did what she could.
Coal country, drug overdoses, healthcare, Michelle Pfeiffer, the latest hot goss from the Hellmouth, Dungeons and Dragons, queer villains IRL, the astrology of Stonewall, Florida, and so much more!
Here’s the latest updates in the struggle against HB2, an analysis of what a Trump administration means for Trans rights, and advice on what the rest of the country needs to learn from the fight in North Carolina.
The Slow Holler Tarot is the product of 19 months’ work by artists and writers with queer and/or Southern identities.
North Carolina Republican lawmakers didn’t honor their word when they said they would repeal HB2 in full. Instead they delivered a half-assed deal that kinda repeals HB2 with a major stipulation.
In an apparent deal, the Charlotte city council voted to repeal an anti-discrimination ordinance in exchange for the Republican-led General Assembly’s promise to end HB2.
In a last ditch effort to maintain Republican power in North Carolina, Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill today that would limit the power of incoming Democratic Governor Roy Cooper, who unseated McCrory in a contested November election.
I think you could style your hair like Dolly Parton and people on Kentucky front porches and in Kentucky truck beds would still call you a dyke in that horrible ugly tone that only bigots can growl with.