TransKyAdvocate By Tuesday G Meadows
Lexington “The sun is up, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful, and so are you... Won’t you come out to play?” Dear Prudence, The Beatles
exington has been my home for
town that seem to get neglected. Not to
harder to hate or dislike someone (or
most of my life and I plan for it
mention that I have no idea what is going
a group of someones) once you get to
to be my home from now on. I love the
on with CenterPointe. Change can be
know them. One of the best ways to
beauty, the charm, the nice laid-back
sad; it seems like a lot of our farmland
get to know the LGBTQ+ community
attitude, the friendliness, and the “big
and green spaces are disappearing as
better is the Pridefest held in downtown
city rolled into a small city” amenities.
we grow, but I believe these negatives
Lexington on June 27. The Lexington
I graduated from Lafayette High School
are being addressed and we will find
Pridefest, which celebrates the many
and the University of Kentucky. In fact,
LGBTQ+ people of Central Kentucky,
I have never really wandered very far
There is something else that really
is held annually and draws about 15,000
from home. For me, no other place feels
makes Lexington special. In Lexington,
people, including lots of kids and
quite the same. Whenever I travel, I am
we have a Fairness Ordinance (FO) that
families. It features vendors, activities,
always happy to get back to Lexington.
protects the civil rights of our citizens.
and entertainment for all ages.
Just for the record, the weather did
Many people might not realize how
Having an open-minded community
suck this past winter, but despite its
vital the FO is to making our city a
makes Lexington better for everyone.
unpredictability, when our late spring
better place to live for everyone. To be
Make it a point this summer to get to
finally got here it was absolutely
honest, I did not realize how much it
know people who may be different
protected us from discrimination until
from you or who may travel in different
after I came out as transgender.
circles. Working together to improve
Of course, our traffic
can be frustrating—campus or the shopping
What really makes Lexington a
conditions for all of our citizens should
other cities I have visited, we have it
great place to live is its friendly and
be a universal goal for all of us. I think
pretty good. Development continues
caring people. It’s true that Lexington
we can start by just acknowledging that
everywhere and there has been a lot of
does have its divides and its struggles
we all want the same thing and that is
remodeling of eyesores and old malls.
with inequality and segregation (race,
to live in the best place on earth.
The downtown and surrounding areas
location, and income), and that is
You may write me at tmeadows828@
seem to be coming back to life after
why I think it is important to venture
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a long dormancy. Obviously, we still
outside of our circles and get to know
Tuesday G Meadows@trishgigi. Now
have some work to do in areas of our
other people to change that. It is always
Tuesday’s gone with the wind.
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