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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

L

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,

solutions.

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

beautiful.

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

to

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

gmail.com or follow me on twitter at

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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LinQ June 2015, Vol. 37, No. 6  

LinQ is the only monthly magazine that focuses on Kentucky LGBT issues.

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LinQ is the only monthly magazine that focuses on Kentucky LGBT issues.

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