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IN THIS ISSUE MARCH 2017 VOL 39 / NO. 3

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Helena Handbasket wants to hear from you in the month of March about what Lexington can offer you and us as a community.

Carol Taylor-Shim gives a look into her personal DNA testing and tackles the question, “Am I Black Enough?”

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Do we focus too much on labels? Tuesday explains why labels, even her own, don’t necessarily define her.

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14& 15 We visit Jon Parker, the Executive Director of AVOL, at their new office on Waller Avenue and discuss the exciting new

developments

going on inside and outside the organization.

Paul Brown tells us about his visit to the North American Bear weekend in February and then takes a look at the pride within their clan.

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TALKIN’ ABOUT

by Helena Handbasket

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y first introduction into this scene was by writing an article anonymously for the GLSO Newsletter. It was an advice column (strictly for comedic purposes) called Need Advice…? Go to Helena Handbasket! After a year or so, I changed it up and the article became Spotlight on the Beautiful People by Helena Handbasket. Then, with the creation of LinQ magazine, I began writing That’s What I’m Talkin’ About. Some months I have a lot to say and some months I struggle to find a topic. But this month I am excited and anxious to hear what is on your minds and hearts. This month it is your turn. This month, I want to hear from you. Okay, so if this is the month that I am asking the questions in this article, then I suppose the truth is that it will be next month that is about you. You see… several of you tell me when you see me out from time to time that you look forward to my little article to see just what Mamaw is thinking about this month. That is flattering to say the least. But now I want to know what you are thinking about. My email address is always at the bottom of my article and this month I want you to use it. This is your chance to tell me and our readers just what you think of the town you live in and specifically the local performances and art offerings in our town. I have lived in many places from rural areas, to metropolitan/ 4 LinQ // MARCH 2017 . HUMOR

cosmopolitan communities to foreign lands and each one has had its own charms. There have also been drawbacks about living in each one of those different situations. I am sometimes involved in creating shows and entertainment in our community and I love doing so. I enjoy allowing my creative side to take over for a while and work up a new number or learn a new song or see the creation of some new outfit that I have dreamed up come into reality. But the real pay-off is when I look out into the faces of those of you who attend those shows/events and watch your reactions. So, this is an opportunity to get real with me. What is it about drag and/or other events in this city that you love and what is it that you wish would change? Now, I don’t want you to get the impression that I am asking just for myself. This is information that I am going to share in next month’s article with everyone. What are your pet-peeves? This also is not an opportunity to throw

shade or call anyone out by name. While all criticism (and praise) will be accepted and appreciated, please respond from a place of wanting to make it better, not from a place of trying to hurt feelings or be negative. We are all human and we all see things differently. I don’t know any two people that I have met in this life that share the exact same opinion and feeling about every single thing. There are many people who share common interests and beliefs but still they are not identical in their thinking. I see this as a good thing and I am open to hearing how you would like to change things. Send everything from suggestions of how things could improve to songs you would like to see performed or even outfits you would like to see worn in a show. Send anything and everything that you think might be helpful. Are there better ways that you think performers, bar owners, or involved citizens could serve our community? This really is your turn to be heard. And in my April article I will share those ideas so that everyone who reads this will have the opportunity to either take your suggestions or ignore them. Either way, it will be good to hear where you are coming from. I’ll be watching my email inbox for your comments/ suggestions. Send them to… helenahandbasketKY@ gmail.com Until next month ya’ll.

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Mamaw loves ya!

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AM I ENOUGH? ADVOCACY

by Carol Taylor-Shim, MSW

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ast fall my 90-year-old father started talking about DNA testing. Not the Maury Povich kind but the kind that traces your DNA to find out where you come from and what you are racially or ethnically. I guess at this stage of his life he wants some answers to some questions that have lingered since he was a toddler. When my Mama or my Daddy want something, I move mountains to make sure they have it. So he and I both took DNA tests and waited anxiously for the results. I had joked with my squad about, “What if I’m not Black anymore?” And of course they looked at me like, “Girl you are Black and always will be.” But for some reason I was worried that I wasn’t going to be Black ENOUGH. I knew that my family’s background on both sides were made up of Black people, indigenous people, and White people. And I certainly don’t pass for White in anyone’s eyes. I grew up feeling I wasn’t “Black enough.” Between my skin color, my alleged “good” hair, and the fact that out

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of all of the friends I had, my parents were the only ones who were married to each other. We took family vacations every spring break. OK, so maybe not official vacations. The Studebaker Company in South Bend, Indiana wasn’t exactly on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. But we did stuff. And we were very often the only Black people there. Who am I kidding, we were always the only Black people there. In one aspect of my life I knew for sure that I was “Black enough” for White people to notice. But was I “Black enough” for Black people? Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it. But it was real and in some ways it’s still real for me. There were two instances in my life where my racial identity was so profoundly impacted that I wasn’t sure what in the world to make of it or myself. I didn’t realize I was Black and that people didn’t like that until I was 5. I was in the grocery store with my parents and a little White girl about my age came up to me, pinched me and called me


the n-word. I had never heard that word before. I had no clue what it meant. That made for fun dinner conversation, let me tell you. The second time was when I was an undergrad. It was during a time when Black people were rocking those leather Africa necklaces and bamboo earrings, kente cloth hats, etc. It was an expression of Blackness that I embraced wholeheartedly, at every turn. The ultimate act would be wearing a “100% Black Woman” t-shirt to reinforce my Blackness to myself and everyone else, to be honest. I get to the checkout counter and the cashier looks at me and says “You can’t wear this.” I immediately clutched my pearls and responded with “What? Why can’t I wear this?” And he said the words that I had hoped to never ever hear. “You’re not 100% Black.” That sentence

hit me in my soul. It was one of my biggest fears. That I would be seen as not being “Black enough.” I will never forget what it felt like to walk out of that store without that shirt. I was hurt, embarrassed, and felt like a fraud. The taunts from my childhood replayed over and over. Eventually the sting of that declaration became less and less prominent. But the fear of not being enough never left. Fast forward about 20 years and an enormous amount of growth to 2017. I get the results from my DNA test and that feeling of not being enough fades away. I’m Congolese, Irish, Native American, and Asian. I’ve always been many things and I now know that I’ve always been enough.

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Follow me on Twitter @ctshim71

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TransKY ADVOCATE

ADVOCACY

by Tuesday G Meadows

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“I know you read, so many books/You keep abreast of all the things you think you should/ You’ve got your own homegrown philosophy/it works for you but please/ Don’t try to make it work for me... No I don’t need you to save me/I am what I am” I Am What I Am, Oceanlab

et me say right off the bat that I am a proud member of the LGBTQ community but I often wonder if these letters or labels divide us more than they bring us together. There was a Bud Light commercial recently that said, “labels are for beer, not for people.” May I add, what I am, is not who I am. Just because we share a letter or two, people should be aware that no two people are alike, no matter how someone wants to label us. There is only one Tuesday Meadows. I am sure many of you are saying, thank goodness, we couldn’t stand any more than that.

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Being a private person most of my life, up until recently, I had rarely discussed my sexuality. I know most of you who read my articles and blog know that I am an advocate for the transgender and LGBTQ communities. You may have wondered how I fit into those communities. As Sarah McBride said at the Democrat National Convention, I also like to say, “I am a proud transgender woman.” I also happen to be bisexual/ pansexual, but many times I just say that I am queer. Let me state that my sexuality is my business. People who identify as bisexual or the much more inclusive term


pansexual, often get criticized from all directions. We may hear from gay, lesbian, or straight identified people that we are confused. We hear from religious people that we are promiscuous. With me, none of those statements are true. Most of us are very selective with whom we sleep with and many times will settle down with one partner so no one is even aware of our true sexuality. When I started coming out four years ago, my wife had to come out with me. Some of her friends would say, “So I guess you are a lesbian now?” She would say to them, in that voice that told them not to screw with her, “Why do you have to put a label on love?” That would usually shut them up. I am a woman, really not much different than any other woman in my wants and needs. I am proud to describe myself as a transgender woman because I had to fight my whole life to get to the place where I could be myself. I was born a girl who had a different body type than most girls. I was not allowed to be myself but I was no less a girl. I could use the term transsexual for myself if I wanted but I do not find this term as inclusive as transgender. A transsexual person is someone who has sought medical solutions to their gender dysphoria. Transgender people may or may not seek medical solutions, but never the less find that they were assigned a different sex at birth than they truly are. Often intersex people use the term transgender when describing themselves as well. To me there are no letters of the alphabet that will ever define who I am. I hope when you describe me you use my qualities as a human being and not my labels. These qualities

neither include my gender identity or my sexual orientation. My most enduring qualities are a willingness to get involved and my love for my friends and family. I know I try to be kind, but I also know that I have a passionate fiery side. Yes, I am a

transgender woman. No, that does not even begin to describe who I am. You may write me at tmeadows828@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter @trishgigi. Now Tuesday’s gone with the wind.

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IMPERIAL COURT OF KENTUCKY NEWS by H.M.I.M Emperor XXXV of the Imperial Court of Kentucky, Russell Drake

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reetings once again from the Imperial Court of Kentucky. Spring is nearly upon us, and Empress Aurora Cummings and I cannot thank all of you enough for the wonderful support throughout the cold of winter! We have enjoyed some wonderful evenings with our community this past month, and we have many more in store!

A huge thank you to our many Court members who joined us for our Invasion of our sister court, The Imperial Sovereign Queen City Court of the Buckeye Empire, held at Old Street Saloon in Monroe, Ohio. Everyone piled in cars and checked into the Best Western Inn, and then we met our Cincinnati counterparts for a spectacular show and lots of fun and cocktails! All the proceeds from the evening returned to Lexington with us, and will be used to benefit charities right here in Central Kentucky. Stay tuned, because on March 31st, we return the favor. Crossings Lexington will be invaded by Ohioans and we have a wonderful show planned featuring the talents of some of the greatest entertainers in Cincinnati alongside of your favorite queens from the Imperial Court of Kentucky! Plus, it’s a Friday, so no work the next day! Showtime will be at 10:30 p.m., and there

is NO COVER, so bring your dollars to tip the performers. One of our largest fundraisers of the year was held on Saturday, February 18th at the Grand Reserve here in Lexington. Wags and Drags was started several years ago as a partnership between the Imperial Court of Kentucky and the Scott County Humane Society. The evening features dinner, drinks, a silent auction and, of course, spectacular entertainment provided by the Imperial Court! My heart melts every time I look into the faces of the animals who are looking for homes and how often is it that you get to see a drag queen getting doggie kisses in the middle of her number? Many thanks also go out to our support staff - the event has grown so much that it requires a large number of dedicated individuals to make everyone shine! Congratulations, and an additional Happy Birthday to Her Highness, Duchess to Reign 35, Dominique Diamond on the success of her Birthday Extravaganza Show, that was held at Soundbar. Dominique truly outdid herself to line up a fabulous group of Lexington legends who entertained the house like is rarely seen. The Queen Mother of Kentucky, Nicole Diamond, performed alongside the magnificent Chelsea Pearl and many more! Reign 35 certainly hopes that Dominique enjoyed herself, because the rest of us certainly did! Continuing our commitment to making Reign 35 fun for everyone, I was pleased to host the Emperor’s Soup Saturday during the Kentucky v. Florida

basketball game on February 25th. We had a fierce competition to see who could create the most delectable soup, and the great crowd in attendance was the beneficiary of those efforts. Look for more great socials coming up during the spring months! On March 5th, Their Most Imperial Highnesses, Imperial Prince and Princess Royale, Daniel Honeycutt and Serena Van Daren will present Drag Me To The Afterlife, a show featuring songs from singers who have gone to the great beyond! Make your plans to join them and a spectacular cast at Crossings Lexington. The door will open at 8:30 p.m., with the show starting at 9:30 p.m.! March 19th we kick off the home stretch of Reign 35 as we host the 2 0 1 7 Falsie Aw a r d s and the Annual Elections, featuring a n awards show honoring the talents of our devoted community members, along with great entertainment, and emceed by Queen Mother Nicole Diamond and the fabulous Verna Turbulence from the Imperial Court of Massachusetts! Don’t miss this fabulous show at Bogart’s Lounge in the Campbell House Hotel! Thank you again, Lexington, for all that you do!

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AROUND THE LIBRARY reviewed by Kamryn Wies

CULTURE

Daddy’s Roommate written by Michael Willhoite

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addy’s Roommate is a Lambda Literacy Award for Gay Men’s Small Press Book Award recipient and is written and illustrated by Michael Willhoite. The story is from the perspective of a little boy whose parents divorced and now his dad has a new roommate. This straightforward and simplistic book has an excellent message that love is happiness and being gay is just another type of happy. The illustrations are 90s-tastic but the story is still highly relevant today. It’s a short, excellent, and easily accessible read for a family of any shape. This book can be found in the Children’s section of the PCSO Pride Library under W.

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FEATURE . NOVEMBER 2016 // LinQ 13


FEATURE

by Tuesday G Meadows

“There are moments that the words don’t reach/ There’s a grace too powerful to name/ We push away what we can never understand/ We push away the unimaginable.” (Jon Parker’s favorite lyrics) by Lin-Manuel Miranda, from the play Hamilton

Jon Parker hard at work at his new AVOL office on Waller Ave

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The AVOL team at their new location, 365 Waller Ave, Suite 100

itting across from Jon Parker at the AIDS Volunteers’ (AVOL) new office, located at 365 Waller Avenue, Suite 100, it is hard not to get caught up in his excitement of all of the possibilities that the future brings for the community. His office is covered with boxes from the move, nothing looks like it belongs where it sits, but there is Jon sitting at his desk with his warm welcoming smile as always. “Don’t mind the boxes,” he says right away, and I don’t mind because he doesn’t mind; one could tell there were more important chores to be done than unpacking boxes. Jon loves the new location near the PCSO Pride Center and the University of Kentucky. He explains that with the larger facility AVOL can do more testing. AVOL offers free HIV/AIDS testing which helps control the spread and hopefully one day eliminate, the disease. Jon considers himself a local, although he grew up in Detroit. He relocated to Lexington in 1986 at a time when a diagnosis of AIDS was a death sentence for many. After he received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Kentucky, he went to work for Bluegrass Comprehensive Care working in the areas of substance abuse treatment and adult mental health services. After working there for 5 years, he moved to the Community Action Council doing HIV prevention programs, economic development, and self-sufficiency. In 2007, Jon accepted a position at United Way of the Bluegrass where he stayed for 8 years providing service information and referral, family self-sufficiency, community education, and health empowerment. In 2015, he joined AVOL as Executive Director. In 1993, Jon met his husband, David Bugg, while they were singing together in the Lexington Men’s Chorus. They have been making beautiful music together ever since and have been married now for 22 years. Jon and David are often seen together at AVOL fundraisers throughout the year. Jon is so proud that AVOL was started by members of the LGBTQ community here in Lexington as a grassroots organization and he says that he is very excited to be working directly to make one of AVOL’s latest endeavors a huge success. AVOL’s new mobile unit, which will help expand their services throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky, was made possible by a very generous donation by the Elton John Foundation. Some of the expanded services will include Hepatitis C screening, Syphilis testing, substance abuse treatment intervention, and other healthcare services. He anticipates that the mobile testing unit will be rolling out beginning around mid-April 2017. Jon says that AVOL is making plans to have it in use for this year’s Lexington Pride Festival on June 24. As I get up to leave and say goodbye to Jon, he walks around his desk to give me a bear hug. With all of the diseases that he deals with on a daily basis, I would not blame him for being pessimistic or even depressed. Before I turn to walk out the door, he smiles at me and I glance into his eyes; they speak without him saying a word. With our community seemingly on our heels from all of the political turmoil, Jon still smiles. I see a man who is confident that he and AVOL can make a difference in people’s lives. You just have the feeling that he will do all he sets out to do to be successful in fighting the many healthcare problems that affect so many. Our community needs more Jon Parkers.

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BEARS - A PROUD CLAN

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by Paul Brown, 2017 Lexington Pride Festival Chair

tters, Wolves, and Bears – Oh my! They were all in attendance at North American Bear weekend February 2nd through the 5th. I attended that Saturday (not as a participant but as tabling staff for the PCSO) and have rarely felt so welcomed. They were merry and super gay as they filled the entire Marriott Griffin Gate. Above all, they were proud and not letting anybody tear them down. So, why did I not go as a participant? Primarily, because the PCSO needed Board members to volunteer at their outreach table. Moreover, in the past few years, I have gained a lot of weight and am now a bear myself. When I first moved to Lexington, I was 170 lbs. I was never a twink, but I would not have considered dating a bear. I felt that way because our society teaches us that overweight people are not desirable. They are flawed. They do not deserve consideration because if they really wanted to attract a desirable partner, they would put down the cheeseburger and Coke and reach for a salad and water. I remember the thin days when a friend said to me, “I’d never date that guy (a bear). It’s not like you have to worry about it either.” Years of observing body-shaming instilled in me this idea that overweight people are second-class citizens. Later, as I gained weight, I did not want to be a second-class citizen, so I tried to avoid mirrors and pretend that I was not as big as I was. I would grow quiet as someone would casually drop a microagresssion: “That guy is so hot. I would get with him, but he likes guys of a larger size.” Such things were said by lowering the last part of the sentence to a halting whisper that suggested they did not want to be accused of body-shaming while actually body-shaming. As the romantic dates dried up

and I had to reconcile my personal selfimage with the reality of who I am, I struggled with being proud of who I am. Truly, this struggle has little to do with my being gay. I am always proud to be part of the queer community. Regardless, I feel less than whole because I do not look like the images we see of gay men in the media and on TV. Hollywood has made some great strides in bringing queer characters to the screen. However, those images that we see are often ripped, thin, “beautiful” people who chase after ripped, thin, “beautiful” people. Modern Family’s Cam is the one example of a plus-sized queer person I see in popular culture. It is great to see queer characters, but I still see little of what represents me, and not having that representation instills a solid message. Now, let’s get back to North American Bear. This is the second year I have gone as table staff. Each year I have expected to find people like me who feel uncertain about their looks and endeavor to wear lots of clothes so as not to offend the beautiful people. I expected to see big guys and big guys only chasing after big guys. Well, I was wrong. There were definitely some big guys there. However, I have never seen so many kilts, harnesses, and what can be described only as gold lamé thongs. They did not cover these thongs in oversized shirts. They strutted through the lobby in things that left little to the imagination. Furthermore, they were incredibly nice and welcoming. Honestly, it felt a little awkward to have a conversation, albeit super cordial, with someone wearing a bright red onesie pajama with a button up panel on the derrière, but that was my internalized problem. They were the definition of proud. That pride and confidence made them all the more desirable. And desired

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they were. I admit ashamedly that I was surprised to see many guys who do not fit in the overweight category cavorting with the bears. They showed me that there are guys to whom I am attracted who might be attracted to me. Whether they self-identified as otters or wolves or cubs, I do not know, but I identify them as beautiful on the inside and out. Everyone there was proud and beautiful in every single way. Words can’t bring them down. (I am not at all ashamed to steal lyrics from Christina Aguilera.) Today, I stand humbled before this proud clan, and I am proud that Lexington proudly serves as the home to North American Bear each year. I would encourage all of us to go out and celebrate the bears as I would for any intersectionality of our diverse queer community. In this regard, I have a simple way you can support the bears and the Lexington Pride Festival. Crossings – Lexington’s bear/leather bar and a huge annual sponsor of the Pride Festival – is partnering with Tito’s Vodka to offer a special drink each Thursday of March, and Crossings will give one dollar per drink to the Pride Festival. If you are part of the bear et al. community, you will feel right at home as you relieve a little stress and support the Festival. If you are not part of the community, you can still have a great time, learn a lot about bears and such, make some great friends, and still support Pride. A final word: while I am glad to know people from all intersectionalities of the queer community, I am grateful for the bears. Their fierce pride in the face of an unforgiving world serves as a model to me and teaches this long-time teacher that all of us can be proud of every part of ourselves today, tomorrow, and every day.

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Mya St. James performs at Soundbar Lexington photo submitted by ‘svandaren92’ via Instagram #LinQbyPCSO

Tråshique performs at Lots of Hearts & Body Parts at Crossings Lexington on February 12th

Seven performs at Lots of Hearts & Body Parts, a fundraiser for the Lexington Pride Festival


Attendees at the Kentucky Fairness Rally held in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort

Attendees at the Kentucky Fairness Rally gathering for Statewide Fairness Law SB63, and against anti-LGBT laws HB105, HB106, & HB141

Lexington Fairness stands in support at the Kentucky Fairness Rally on February 15th


PFLAG joins in support at the Kentucky Fairness Rally on February 15th

Attendees at the Kentucky Fairness Rally organized by The Fairness Coalition


MARCH

COMMUNITY & SOCIAL GROUPS

CALENDAR & DIRECTORY

Wednesday, March 1 7:00 p.m.-“Heart To Heart” LGBT Discussion Group (PCSO Center) Thursday, March 2 6:30 p.m.-PCSO Board Meeting (PCSO Center) Saturday, March 4 10:00 a.m.-Grief Support Group (Ahava Center) 7:30 p.m.-TransKentucky Meeting Wednesday, March 8 5:00 p.m.-Richmond’s Alphabet Soup Support Group (UU Fellowship Hall) 6:00 p.m.-Lex Pride Festival fundraiser at Blaze Pizza (S Limestone location) 7:00 p.m.-“Heart To Heart” LGBT Discussion Group (PCSO Center) Thursday, March 9 9:00 p.m.-Hard Candy Entertainment presents Trixie Mattel (The Bar Complex) Saturday, March 11 9:00 p.m.-Kentucky Bourbon Bears Board Meeting (Crossings Lex) Sunday, March 12 6:00 p.m.-Imperial Court Meeting (PCSO Center) Tuesday, March 14 6:30 p.m.-PFLAG Meeting (St. Michaels Episcopal Church) 9:00 p.m.-LGBT Sci-Fi/ Horror Group (PCSO Center) Wednesday, March 15 Editorial & Ad Deadline for LinQ Magazine 7:00 p.m.-“Heart To Heart” LGBT Discussion Group (PCSO Center)

Thursday, March 16 6:30 p.m.-PCSO Board Work Session (PCSO Center) Friday, March 17 7:00 p.m.-Senior’s Bistro/Potluck (PCSO Center) Sunday, March 19 1:30 p.m.-Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in Central/Eastern Kentucky (PCSO Center) 6:00 p.m.-ICK presents The Falsie Awards & the annual elections (Bogarts) Wednesday, March 22 7:00 p.m.-“Heart To Heart” LGBT Discussion Group (PCSO Center) Thursday, March 23 6:30 p.m.-LexPrideFest Planning Meeting (PCSO Center) Saturday, March 25 10:00 a.m.-Librarian Work Session (PCSO Center) Sunday, March 26 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, March 29 7:00 p.m.-“Heart To Heart” LGBT Discussion Group (PCSO Center) Friday, March 31 9:00 a.m.-2nd Annual Out in the Open LGBTQIA Conference (University of Kentucky)

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

24-Hour Crisis Line

1-800-929-8000

24-Hour Teen Crisis Line

1-800-999-9999

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

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

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 . MARCH 2017 // LinQ 23


March 2017 LinQ  

LinQ is the only monthly magazine that focuses on the Kentucky LGBTQ... community. LinQ is published monthly by and for the Pride Community...

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