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IN THIS ISSUE

JUNE 2017

VOL 39 / NO. 6

FEATURE 10 YEARS OF PRIDE? pages 14 & 15

2017 Lexington Pride Festival Chair Paul Brown has been there from the beginning and he shares a little about the history of the Lexington Pride Festival as we get ready to celebrate 10 years!

THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKIN’ ABOUT pages 4 & 5

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RESOLVE/REMEMBERING PULSE

Helena has been in the Lexington Drag scene for a while but she still gets a wonderful feeling when people outside the LGBTQ community show that they “Get It.”

page 9 Tuesday recounts her own feelings about the mass murder that happened one year ago at Pulse Nightclub this very month.

THIS IS WHY WE MARCH

#HonorThemWithAction

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On June 11th, there will be a National Equality March in Washington D.C. and Lexington will have its own march the same day. Carol Taylor-Shim will be one of the featured speakers that day and she tells us why it is important for us to march and fight for our own dignity.

PCSO HOSTS HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS OPEN HOUSE page 19 The PCSO will host a program on June 30th at the Pride Center that will explore relationships in our community. Among the topics discussed will be interpersonal violence.

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by Helena Handbasket

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ometimes I just have to say “Wow!” As I get older, I find myself getting surprised a lot less often than I used to. But I recently had an experience that stopped me in my tracks, really motivated me, and lifted my spirits and so I thought I would share that with all of you. I try to not use this monthly article to promote my personal endeavors or promote certain shows but for the last several months I have been hosting a 6 p.m. Drag Show at Crossings that we are calling the 2nd Sunday Showcase. For the month of May we had just completed the show and several of those who had attended the event and I were outside on the sidewalk chatting. It is not uncommon for us to encounter passersby and engage in a brief exchange of pleasantries, usually to mask their awkwardness of not knowing how to get by the drag queen without looking in her direction. It is funny that as progressive as the world

has become in many respects, it is still common for some people to fear a boy in a dress who has just done a little lip-sync show. (I digress…). Anyway, this particular time was different and quite surprising. An attractive lady, her husband and child approached us and they were accompanied by another handsome couple and their child. When they reached the point on the sidewalk where we were all standing, they stopped and said hello. I replied as any southern boy in a dress should with a kind hello in return. Then she proceeded to explain to me that they saw me standing there from way up the street and decided to cross the street so that they could come and say hello. They went on and on about how lovely I was and how they admired my clothes and shoes and hair, etc. Then they shared that they had just taken their child to experience a drag show for

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the first time and how much they all enjoyed it. I’m still not sure why I was so touched by her comments. Possibly it was because they were so progressive thinking. It was clear that this lady and her husband and their friends were looking at me, not with pity or judgment but rather with admiration and even affection. And it made me realize that little by little the world is changing. Little by little we are getting better. Yes, I know that there is still a long way to go and now with the present condition of our country and the world there is a lot of fear and doubt about in what direction things are going to go. Now more than ever we must realize that our votes count and if things are not going in the direction that we believe they should, it is up to US to make the difference. But there we were – sharing a space on the sidewalk on Limestone, directly across from the courthouse and no one was being aggressive or nasty. No one was calling us names or trying to condemn us for being different. In my past, I would have been more likely to hear that people had crossed the street to avoid us but these people were

telling us that they crossed the street to make sure they got to speak to us. And, I couldn’t help but commend them on how they were raising their children. I told them they should be proud of how they are changing the world, through their child. I even invited them to come to the Pride Festival on Saturday, June 24th. I explained that it was no longer exclusively a Gay Pride event but rather an event where people from all backgrounds and diversities come together to say we are proud because “We Get It.” We all understand that we are all here. We all belong and we all can co-exist and even love and appreciate each other. To me, that is what the Pride Festival is about. If this makes sense to you, maybe you should invite your siblings, parents, co-workers or whoever you know that “Gets It.” This festival is for us all and it will be a celebration. Now more than ever—let’s celebrate! Loving ya’ll until next month. Q Send comments or suggestions to helenahandbasketKY@gmail.com

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SUNDAY, JUNE 11TH • 6:30 P.M. LEXINGTON HILTON/DOWNTOWN FOR TICKETS: www.imperialcourtkentucky.org

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IMPERIAL COURT OF KENTUCKY NEWS by H.M.I.M. Empress XXXV of the Imperial Court of Kentucky, Aurora Cummings The Empress of Glitter, Glamour, and Gumption

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oodbye is so bittersweet! Over the past 12 months I have had the privilege to serve as the reigning Empress of the Imperial Court of Kentucky and all I can say is WOW! I am so amazed by how fabulous our community is and how we can all come together when needed. We would like to invite everyone to come and celebrate our amazing Reign with us starting on June 9th at Crossings for our in-town drag show and June 10th at the Magnolia

help ot he r nonprof it 5 0 1 (c ) (3 ) organizations that need help in our community to make a change and help others. It has been such an honor to serve my community as Empress 35 and I will continue to be a part of this organization throughout the future. It is amazing what good you can do by putting on a dress and wig and having fun with people that are all just there to raise money for their community. It has been an honor to get to write this article throughout my reign and let the community know about our events and fundraisers as well as keeping everyone caught up on what the Imperial C ou r t has b e e n d oi ng . To re a ch s o many people just by my w r i t i n g down a few words each month about something I hold so near and dear to my heart just amazes me! Thank you all for your support and allowing me to share with you just how great the Imperial Court of Kentucky truly is and what an asset it is to our community.

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Room in the Hilton/Downtown for the out-of-town show. Then, on June 11th at the Hilton/Downtown Ballroom, Russell Drake and I will be stepping down as Emperor and Empress. If you would like to purchase your tickets to this amazing event, please visit www. imperialcourtkentucky.org Over the past month or so, we have been so busy with pageants and shows, preparing for coronation and other last minute preparations as my time as Empress comes to an end. I have had the pleasure over my reigning year as Empress to crown some very amazing people from our pageants. Just to recap

who the winners were: Miss Closet Ball - Seven, Miss Diva of DarknessPandora St. James Miss Mary Christmas Petty Poussey, Miss Gay Valentine-Shady Couture, Miss Inner Diva-Alana Sparkles, and Miss Derby Pride-Petty Pousey. All of these lovely ladies and the 1st alternates will “duke it out� at the Ultimate Entertainer of the Year Pageant on May 21st at Bogarts Lounge at 7 p.m., where Miss Bearbie SteeleTate will crown our next winner. The Imperial Court of Kentucky is so much more than just an organization, we are a family. All the places where I have traveled have been absolutely amazing and all the people I have met during my time with the Court have been so welcoming. The past year has been so full of memories and experiences that will last forever. I would not change a thing except that I believe everyone should take part in this organization to help out their community and take part in this amazing family that is known as the Imperial Court of Kentucky. We have raised money for organizations like: AVOL, Lexington Fairness, Moveable Feast, PCSO, JustFundKY, CASA, The Nest, and Scott County Humane Society. We strive to


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stood next to the memorial surrounded by Christmas trees on that cool Orlando morning, I wondered how many of the people who were killed that night at Pulse, just 6 months before, mustered all of their courage and had their first, brave outing as their true-selves. Sadly, the Pulse tragedy is indicative of the increasing rate of hate crimes against the LGBTQIA community. Reactionaries look to the last decade of progress and spew scorn. Since November, the rhetoric has only become more pervasive—and regressive. When we show the world our true-selves, some will not like it, and others will down right despise us for it. We also know that bad things can happen because of these malice-filled people. Those who stepped into Pulse that night lived bravely and openly. We can do no less in the face of opposition and hate. Live bravely. Openly. Truly. Of course, none of us know what the future will hold and we certainly can’t do anything about the past. We can hopefully decide to be true to ourselves no matter what happens. Our community should remember that no matter the terrible criticisms, violence, laws, and hate thrown our way, we must have a strong resolve to make this world a better place for all. The victims that night at Pulse Nightclub were indeed brave by just being out. While we grieve, we also honor their memory by being ourselves. I know that I would rather have only 5 more minutes living as myself, than 20 more years of living life as somebody that I never was. You may write me at tmeadows828@gmail.com or follow my blog at tuesdaysgonewiththewind. wordpress.com. Now Tuesday’s gone with the wind.

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#HonorThemWithAction

“I sit and stare at my reflection/while the darkness chills my bones/My head fills like a junk shop/in desperate need of repair/The path of least resistance leads to the/garbage heap of despair/I think I’d better get back in bed.” The Sinking Feeling, The The ADVOCACY . JUNE 2017 // LinQ 9

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n June 12, 2016, 49 innocent people were murdered and 53 others were wounded in a mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Despite the epidemic of gun carnage in our country, the Pulse shooting affected me deeply. Like so many tragedies, I was so sad for the victims of this senseless act. That Sunday morning, I vividly remember hearing the news and struggling to get out of bed. Here in Lexington that same evening, we had a vigil for the victims with over 300 people showing up to pay their respects. At that vigil, I felt so very numb as hundreds held candles and sang songs. Although I didn’t personally know any of the victims, I saw myself in their faces and stories. I saw each and every one of my friends in the LGBTQIA Community in the faces of the victims. This past January, while in Orlando, I visited the site of Pulse where a memorial had been set up. To be honest, I cried most of the 30-minute drive there and, at one point, I had to even pull over my car just to catch my breath. My thoughts inevitably drifted back to my own coming out almost 4 years to the day just south in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Even though we went to a gay-friendly restaurant that evening in 2013, I was still scared to death. Yes, I know that may seem silly to those who know me now but it was my first real outing. That night in January, 4 years earlier, I wore a dress out for the first time in public. I decided that I was tired of hiding and was going to start living my life as me, but it took every ounce of courage that I could muster. As I


THIS IS WHY

WE MARCH

by Carol Taylor-Shim, MSW

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y the time you’re reading this, hopefully you will have heard about Lexington’s National Equality March happening on Sunday, June 11th from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. starting at the Downtown Courthouse Plaza. Once again, we are left to fight for our humanity. We are left to fight a bigger beast than many of us have ever encountered in our lives. Government policies and practices designed to snuff out our light. The ultimate goal for them now is our erasure. For us to no longer exist. For us to repent against our sinful and lustful ways, their language not mine. For our kids to be treated any kind of way in schools that are supposed to be safe for them to learn in. We are ALL in the line of fire now. We always have been, but the risk is more palpable than I have ever seen in my 45 years on this earth. As a nation, we sit on the precipice of literal destruction. The hatred, bias, privilege, and racism that people like me have been literally screaming about for years, has taken full control of this country. Some of you even helped put it in place back in November. All because you wanted to maintain your privilege at the expense of others. And

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look at the mess we are all in now. So, I will go back to what I have said from the moment I starting writing for LinQ, if we are not fighting for the liberation of EVERYONE then we are doing this all wrong. No longer can people pick and choose which parts of our LGBTQ family are worthy of fighting for. So, let me break it down for you. If you are white and are not actively working to dismantle systemic and institutional racism that kills TQPOC, you are part of our problem. If you are U.S. born but are not fighting for the rights of people who risk their lives to come to this country expecting to find the American dream but instead get slapped with an American nightmare, you are part of our problem. If you are an “ally” in words and clicks only but never in action, you are part of our problem. If you are sitting quietly by while LGBTQ youth are forced to navigate hostile learning environments, you are part of our problem. If you think for a second that a Muslim person is less “American” than a Christian, you are part of our problem. If your checking account allows you to turn away from these issues plaguing our community, then you are

part of our problem. And let me just say, I know a boat load of you all who do that, A LOT. I can’t speak to the motivation of others when it comes to this march. I can only speak to mine. I march because I want to be free. I march because I want my community to be free. I want us to be able to live in all of our amazing glory as we are meant to. I want us to hold hands walking down the street without being pelted by hatred. I want us to step up for each other when one of us is attacked. What good are we if all we do is film it but not stop it? I want my kids and your kids to be greater than they have ever imagined, without navigating the trauma of identity-based violence. I want to trust that white people are working hard for people of color. I want trans women of color to live with power and without fear. I want to be free from hatred within my own Black community. I want my liberation and I want yours because they are connected. This is why I march. What about you? What and who are you going to march for on June 11th?

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Follow me on Twitter @ctshim71


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AROUND THE LIBRARY reviewed by Kamryn Wies

Red + Blue CULTURE

written by A.B. Gayle

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ed + Blue by A.B. Gayle is an “opposites attract” type of story with a very “character study” feel and written in a first person point-of-view. The story line is fantastic and explores what happens when a smalltown boy from backwoods Minnesota gets his dream job in San Francisco... and falls in love with someone he thinks is way out of his league. Prepare for some angst, betrayal, insurance nerd talk, and a happy (and smutty) ending. This book can be found in the Adult Fiction section of the PCSO Pride Library under FIC G. Q


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FEATURE

by Paul Brown, 2017 Lexington Pride Festival Chair

his year marks the 10th year of the Lexington Pride Festival. But is it really only ten years of Pride? The answer, unequivocally, is NO. Lexington boasts a long history of Pride and has accomplished many victories in the march for queer equality. Long before my time, Lexington championed several outlets for the queer community. Dr. Jeffrey Alan Jones did his doctoral thesis on the evolution of the queer community in Lexington. We keep a copy of it in the LGBTQ-exclusive library at the PCSO. Also, within the last few years, Lindsay Mattingly, cultural liaison to Fayette County Public Libraries, has given tours of downtown Lexington, pointing out the buildings and areas that have served as haunts for the queer community, not the least of which is the Bar Complex in operation for over 30 years. Aside from bars and nightlife and a thriving queer arts scene led by Henry Faulkner, Bob Morgan, and John Ridener among others, Lexington has long charged forward in legislative and legal circles to promote queer equality. We elected the first openly gay senator to the Kentucky General Assembly in Ernesto Scorsone. He litigated the case that would overturn Kentucky’s sodomy statute and would go on to be a circuit court judge. We elected Diane Lawless and Debra Hensley to our city council. Their work has been invaluable to the community. We cast our votes overwhelmingly for our current mayor, Jim Gray. Lexington was the second Kentucky city to pass a Fairness Ordinance that protects the queer community in housing and jobs. It would be more than a decade before there would be a third city to pass such an ordinance. If that’s not enough, Lexington is home to several LGBTQ groups other than PCSO, such as the Imperial Court of Kentucky, Lexington Fairness, PFLAG, Bluegrass Black Pride, GLSEN, JustFundKY, and allied groups such as AVOL and Moveable Feast among JUNE 2017 . FEATURE 14 LinQ // MARCH 2016 . FEATURE

many others. Some of these organizations have shorter histories and others have been with us for decades. The PCSO recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. But what about Pride itself? Lexington was the second city in Kentucky to have a Pride Festival, which is now ten years old. It, too, existed for years before the festival moved downtown. The earliest incarnation, which I know of, was officially called the Pride Picnic and was held at Jennifer Crossen’s and Joan Callahan’s Windy Knoll Farm. We will be forever indebted to those two women who dutifully mowed their acres of land and allowed the entire community access to their barn to have a potluck picnic. Several groups would set up tents and, at least one year, they had a small stage for “fairyoke.” The event was held in June of each year around Father’s Day and was one of unity and peace. I do not remember a single bad incident or ounce of drama. Everyone was simply proud to be together as queers united. So, what happened? While everyone loved the Picnic, some people started referring to it as the “Pride Hide.” Unlike other cities, we went almost all the way to Winchester to the back end of a farm, far from sight, to celebrate who we were. Were we really proud if we were not in the public eye living our lives openly? So, in early 2008, Samara Baker (a straight ally) said that it was time to move the Pride Festival downtown so that the world could see that clichéd refrain: We are here; we are queer; get used to it. With that impetus, leaders of several groups met from March 2008 until late June every Saturday morning to put together the first Pride Festival. As with any new venture, this one was not immune to some initial drama but the committee rose to the occasion, dealt with the issues and Ginger Moore-Minder stepped forward and agreed to be the committee chair. She reigned over the first Pride Festival and the work of this committee set the stage

for everything that has followed over the next nine years. The first Pride Festival was held at the old Fayette County Courthouse before the 5/3 pavilion was built and became home to the Farmer’s Market. It was a much bigger success than we had ever imagined. The city of Lexington held the Diversity Festival the same day. Then ViceMayor Jim Gray encouraged people from our stage to go to the Diversity Festival as well as ours. Few did. To my knowledge, we have not had another Diversity Festival, but the Pride Festival has grown bigger each year. Even on years when the rain came (as it did at 7 p.m. the first year) and on years when the heat came (as 106 degree temps in 2013 proved), people came from all walks of the queer community and brought their families and friends to revel in the day. Ann Malcolm reigned over year two and was succeeded by Jane Minder in year three. By year four (Orvis Keene’s year as chair), the city had given part of the old courthouse grounds to the Farmer’s Market, but since the Diversity Festival was no more, we moved our Pride Festival to the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza. Unfortunately, year four hit some snags. It had a much bigger scope than the previous years and showed that we could reach for much bigger things, but it also did not make money. Why is that important? Unlike in other cities, the Lexington Pride Festival is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the PCSO—the home to the Pride Center. As a result, the PCSO had to do a “Keep the Doors Open” campaign asking for donations to allow us to keep the Pride Center open and allow our programs to continue operating. Every dollar from the Lexington Pride Festival over operating expenses goes to keeping the Pride Center open. This situation also meant that year five of the festival started with no seed money. I was voted in as the next chairman. I was excited but terrified. I was starting with no money, few resources, and a little-known team. My team pulled


through. They cut costs and worked with dedication. After a year of work, the festival made over $18,000, which was the biggest earnings to date. The year was not without its own share of drama. That was the year that Hands on Originals provided a quote for printing t-shirts and then refused to honor the quote when we moved to accept it. PCSO, then GLSO, Board Chair Aaron Baker convened with the Board who decided to file a complaint with the Lexington Human Rights Commission accusing HOO of violating Lexington’s Fairness Ordinance on the grounds that they provide general services and were refusing to do so based on discriminatory views. That challenge has wound its way through the courts right up until May 12, 2017 when the PCSO lost in the Kentucky Court of Appeals. However, the LHRC and PCSO have decided to appeal this ruling to the Kentucky Supreme Court. The next year, I became the first chairman to hold the position twice. Most of my team stayed around to guide the Lexington Pride Festival to another successful year. I was then succeeded by Chris Wiggins in year 7, Chad Hundley in year 8, and Kat Wilkie Kennedy in year 9. Each of them brought us more attendance, more entertainment, and more revenue than the previous year. Chad’s year was especially celebratory. The day before the Pride Festival, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that samesex marriage was legal across the entire United States. People came out in droves to raise their hands and voices in jubilant joy. So many who never dreamed they would be able to marry their partners were now able to walk the aisle. Year 9, alternately, was a melancholy mess of emotion. Just days before the festival our nation was stunned to learn of the murder of 49 people at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando. After so much progress, we suffered the loss of so many brothers and sisters. It was a time of great pain even for those of us who did not know any of the victims. Our community leaders stood strong and guided us through to a note of positivity. Leaders of faith came in to offer words of advice. Lexington Fairness Chairman Josh Mers and PCSO President Christopher Bauer addressed the crowds of people who came to light a candle and mourn in unity at Triangle Park. In an amazing show of solidarity,

Lexington city leadership - especially the Lexington Police Department, approached the committee and worked with organizers to create a safety plan that showed their belief in and support for LGBTQ equality. Kat Wilkie Kennedy managed to hold everyone together and pull out the most successful Pride Festival ever. Pastor Marsha Moors-Charles addressed the Pride audience from the stage and rang a bell 49 times—once for each victim. Thousands of people came to Pride not only to remember those fallen family members but to continue celebrating and showing the world that life goes on and that we will be proud no matter what. The haters may beat our bodies down, but they can never take our pride. We will be proud today, tomorrow, and every day. After a whirlwind recap, we arrive at year 10. I am back at the helm. I have a mixed team of experienced folks and newcomers. As I look back through the years, I remember that each year has had is trials and triumphs. I realize that I am a rich man. I have no material wealth, but I have been around since the humble beginnings of the Lexington Pride Festival, and have gotten to work with all of these amazing leaders and talented people. Knowing these people has enriched my life in more ways than I can count. I want to name them all, but I’m afraid that I will forget someone, so I will just say that I am thankful to have them all in my life whether they know it or not. I remember when I was an uncertain teenager, not sure of whether I could ever stand proud. All of these years, people, and experiences have led me to know that I can be and will be proud. I have not spoken with all of the past chairs, but I hope they all feel the same. They should, for they have helped shape a vision that started from a few words and became an ever-growing festival that now attracts more than 25,000 people to downtown Lexington annually. Being a part of that is something that can never be erased. I wish I had the space to tell all the stories of how Pride has affected people. There are stories that would make you laugh and stories that would make you cry. All of the stories would make you and us proud. Pride today, tomorrow, and every day. Looking forward to Pride 10, June 24th, 2017.

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top 2 photos:1982 “Pride Hide” Picnic 3rd photo from top: 2009 Pride Committee 4th photo from top: 2014 Pride Committee bottom photo: Crowd from 2016 Pride Festival

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OPEN HOUSE

FRIDAY, JUNE 30 7 - 9 PM

THE PRIDE CENTER 389 WALLER AVENUE, #100 LEXINGTON

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PCSO HOSTS HEALTHY

RELATIONSHIPS OPEN HOUSE

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t Pride Community Services Organization, it is our mission to improve the lives of people in the sexual minority and gender expansive community by enhancing visibility, empowering community members, and educating the broader community about issues that impact our lives. Oh, and celebrate! And June is a huge month for celebrating the accomplishments of the LGBQ/T (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer/Transgender, in honor of our trans brothers and sisters who may identify as Gay, Bi, Lesbian, Pan, Straight or just plain ole Queer) communities! This year, in addition to celebrating Pride with a fabulous festival, we are celebrating our marriages and relationships with a Healthy Relationships Open House at the Pride Center on June 30th, 2017. That is a Friday evening folks, so date night is still free but mark your calendars now for 7 p.m.! We will begin the evening discussing the biggest reason for heartbreak and the least talked about topic in the LBGQ/T community—interpersonal violence. If you are unhappy and struggling in your relationship, beginning to doubt your perceptions but your partner does not hurt you physically, you

may be dealing with the effects of coercive control tactics. We will discuss and identify these tactics. Next, we will discuss the options you need to know to help yourself or a friend who is struggling with this heartache. Finally, we will conclude the evening with a lively discussion about healthy relationships. What are healthy relationships? How do people behave in a healthy relationship? I mean, there are few role models, so who knows! Please, come and join us for the discussion. Bring a friend or the entire herd. In the meantime, if you want someone to talk to about your relationship, you can stop by, e-mail me at cvice@pcsoky.org or call me at the Pride Center at 859-2533233 extension 3 for a confidential chat. This is what you can be sure of when you call or visit the Pride Center: confidentiality, respect for you and your choices because we believe you are the expert on your life, advocacy for health/medical and legal concerns, and appropriate referrals to other service providers for food, shelter, clothing, protection, and safety. After all, the Pride Community Services Organization’s Pride Center is your go- to place for your service needs. Come see us!

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Seven is crowned 2017 Miss Lexington Pride at the 2017 Mr. & Miss Lexington Pride Pageant

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Mr. Lexington Pride 2017, Kendryck Heart and Miss Lexington Pride 2017, Seven


Seven performs at the 2017 Mr. & Miss Lexington Pride Pageant on April 27th

Tuesday Meadows and Haley Marie at the 2017 Mr. & Miss Lexington Pride Pageant photo by: haleymarieex33 via Instagram #LinQbyPCSO

Serena Van Daren, Miss Lexington Pride 2016, performs at the 2017 Mr. & Miss Lexington Pride Pageant

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John Davis with Ernesto Scorsone proudly showing his Founder’s Recognition sculpture at the PCSO 40th Anniversary Banquet

Edwin Hackney & Gary Key proudly show their Founder’s Recognition sculpture at the PCSO 40th Anniversary Banquet

Ginger Moore-Minder, Christopher Bauer, and Jane Minder at the PCSO 40th Anniversary Banquet


Uma Jewels performs at the PCSO 40th Anniversary Banquet on April 29th

Founder’s Recognition sculpture recipients at the PCSO 40th Anniversary Banquet

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at the PCSO 40th Anniversary Banquet


Bachelorette Angelisse Warren at the 2017 Bachelor & Bachelorette Auction on May 19th, which raised $10,000 for the Lexington Pride Festival

Alanna Sparkles and Anita Dee perform at the ICK’s Inner Diva Padgent

Bachelor flexes at the 2017 Bachelor & Bachelorette Auction at Soundbar Lexington


Bachelor Kyle Quillin being auctioned at the 2017 Bachelor & Bachelorette Auction at Soundbar Lexington

Bachelorette being auctioned at the 2017 Bachelor & Bachelorette Auction, raising money for the Lexington Pride Festival

Bachelor Brendan Kelly being auctioned at the 2017 Bachelor & Bachelorette Auction, at Soundbar Lexington on May 19th


JUNE

COMMUNITY & SOCIAL GROUPS

CALENDAR & DIRECTORY

Saturday, June 3 10:00 a.m.-Grief Support Group (Ahava Center) 7:30 p.m.-TransKentucky Meeting Sunday, June 4 6:00 p.m.-Imperial Court Meeting (PCSO Center) Wednesday, June 7 7:00 p.m.-“Heart To Heart” LGBT Discussion Group (PCSO Center) Friday, June 9 8:00 p.m.-ActOut Performance of Birds of a Feather (Downtown Arts Center) Saturday, June 10 8:00 p.m.-ActOut Performance (Downtown Arts Center) 9:00 p.m.-Kentucky Bourbon Bears Board Meeting (Crossings Lex) Sunday, June 11 2:00 p.m.-LGBTQ March on Washington - Lexington Solidary Rally & March (Courthouse) 6:00 p.m.-2nd Sunday Showcase (Crossings Lex) 6:30 p.m.-Imperial Court Bourbon Ball (Hilton Downtown) Tuesday, June 13 6:30 p.m.-PFLAG Meeting (St. Michael’s Church) 9:00 p.m.-LGBT Sci-Fi/ Horror Group (PCSO Center) Wednesday, June 14 5:00 p.m.-Richmond’s Alphabet Soup Support Group (UU Fellowship Hall) 6:30 p.m.-PCSO Board Meeting (TBA) 7:00 p.m.-“Heart To Heart” (PCSO Center) Thursday, June 15 Editorial & Ad Deadline for LinQ Magazine Friday, June 16 7:00 p.m.-Senior’s Bistro/ Potluck (PCSO Center) 8:00 p.m.-ActOut Performance (Downtown Arts Center)

Saturday, June 17 8:00 p.m.-ActOut Performance (Downtown Arts Center) Sunday, June 18 1:30 p.m.-Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in Central/Eastern Kentucky (PCSO Center) 2:00 p.m.-ActOut Performance (Downtown Arts Center) 6:00 p.m.-Community Choir practice for Pride Interfaith Service (BUCC) Monday, June 19 6:00 p.m.-Frankfort Circle of Pride (Josephine Sculpture Park) Tuesday, June 20 6:00 p.m.-Community Choir practice for Pride Interfaith Service (BUCC) Wednesday, June 21 7:00 p.m.-“Heart To Heart” (PCSO Center) Thursday, June 22 7:00 p.m.-A Very Sordid Wedding presented by BUCC (KY Theatre) 10:30 p.m.-Hard Candy presents: Chi Chi Devayne (Bar Complex) Friday, June 23 7:00 p.m.-Lexington Fairness Awards (Hyatt Regency) Saturday, June 24 11:00 a.m.-Lexington Pride Festival (Courthouse Plaza) Sunday, June 25 3:00 p.m.-Pride Interfaith Service (Lyric Theatre) 3:00 p.m.-LGBT Sci-Fi/ Horror Group (PCSO Center) 6:00 p.m.-ICK’s Board of Directors/Membership Meeting (PCSO Center) Wednesday, June 28 7:00 p.m.-“Heart To Heart” (PCSO Center) Friday, June 30 7:00 p.m.-Healthy LGBTQ+ Relationships Open House (PCSO Center)

For more details on events, view the full calendar at pcsoky.org at the bottom of the webpage

24-Hour National Crisis Line

1-800-221-0446

24-Hour Teen Crisis Line

1-800-432-4510

24/7 Veteran’s Administration Crisis Line

1-800-273-8255, Press 1

AA/Alcoholic Teens

859-277-1877

Alcoholics Anonymous

859-967-9960

Arbor Youth Services

859-254-2501

Council for Peace and Justice

859-488-1448

Fairness of Louisville

502-893-0788

Gay-Straight Alliance, Teens

859-221-4396

“Heart to Heart” Discussion Group

859-253-3233

Imperial Court of Kentucky

859-619-7521

KY Survivors Area of Narcotics Anonymous

859-253-4673

Lexington Fair Housing Council

1-866-438-8617

Lexington Fairness

859-951-8565

Lexington Human Rights

859-252-4931

Lexington Pride Festival

859-253-3233

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

PCSO Pride Center

859-253-3233

PFLAG Central Kentucky, Inc.

859-338-4393

PFLAG Louisville

502-223-1323

Rainbow Bowling League

270-404-0211

SAGE Elder Hotline

1-888-234-7243

SisterSound

859-806-0243

Social Services, Lexington

211

TransParentLex

859-230-0409

TransKentucky

cassiemt@yahoo.com

TransLex

eellett@pcsoky.org

Transgender Youth Family Allies

1-888-462-8932

Trevor Lifeline 24/7

1-866-488-7386

United Way

859-313-5465

VA, Lexington LGBT Veteran Care Office

859-233-4511, Ext. 3482

COLLEGE STUDENT GROUPS Berea College ACE

859-958-3633

BCTC Gay-Straight Alliance

859-246-6365

Centre College BGLA

859-238-5332

EKU Alphabet Center

859-622-5041

EKU Pride Alliance

859-622-1027

Morehead State University

606-783-2071

TUnity (Transy)

859-445-3822

UK LGBTQ* Resource Center

859-323-3312

RELIGIOUS GROUPS Ahava Center for Spiritual Living

859-373-8910

Bluegrass United Church of Christ

859-233-0208

Faith Lutheran Church

859-266-7621

First Presbyterian Church

859-252-1919

Hunter Presbyterian Church

859-277-5126

Lex Friends, Quakers

859-254-3319

Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church

859-255-1075

St. Martha’s Episcopal Church

859-271-7641

St. Michael's Episcopal Church

859-277-7511

Unitarian Universalist Church

859-223-1448

Woodland Christian Church

859-266-3416

HIV/STD TESTING, SERVICES, & INFO AIDS Volunteers of Lexington (AVOL)

859-225-3000

Health Department, Fayette County

859-288-2437

Health Department, Woodford County

859-873-4541

HIV/AIDS Legal Project

502-584-1254

Moveable Feast

859-252-2867

Northern KY Region

859-341-4264

UK Adolescent Medicine

859-323-5643

CALENDAR & DIRECTORY . JUNE 2017 // LinQ 27


June 2017 LinQ  

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