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OCT 2016 VOL 38 / NO. 10

IMPERIAL COURT OF KENTUCKY NEWS PAGE 6 Catch up with all of the happenings of the ICK and their schedule of upcoming events in and around town.

TRANSKY ADVOCATE PAGE 7

What does Transfeminine mean?  It’s not in most dictionaries, but for those who identify as transgender and feminine will tell you, they know exactly what it means to them. Tuesday explains what it means to her personally.

SWEET EVENING BREEZE AND LEXINGTON’S RAINBOW WEDDINGS PAGE 10

Learn a little more about Lexington’s often overlooked pride history with J.P. Johnson’s look back at Lexington LGBTQ icon Sweet Evening Breeze and the “drag weddings” she hosted for Lexington non-LGBT organizations.

EXCERPTS FROM BITTEN BY THE FOO-FOO PAGE 12 Part two in the series of Reinette Jones’ extremely humorous award-winning short story.

COVER STORY PAGES 14 & 15

Meet Jessica Garner, one of the women from The Queer Women Project, which is part of Donna Ison’s Further Out Program.  The program is a multi-media presentation to celebrate National Coming Out Day that will be presented on October 13, two days after National Coming Out Day on October 11.

Painting by K. Nicole Wilson

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TALKIN’ ABOUT by Helena Handbasket

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earlier, she is blessed in the cleavage department but when things that large are let loose, it is hard to contain them. While I already thought it was an improvement from wearing the bra that didn’t match the dress, I knew it could still be better. So, I suggested a little trick that some of the “gals” that I perform with have used. When you want to have nice full cleavage, often some of the “girls” will place “chicken cutlets” just under the breasts and the tightness of the dress will push your natural endowments up under your chin, so to speak. Since no one had any actual boob enhancers available to us, I did the next best thing. I suggested someone go grab me a couple of wash cloths and we could roll them up and place one underneath each booby. At this point she had completely bought into my suggestion and had faith in my abilities so she just lifted both arms straight up in the air and said, “Go for it.” Well, I sure didn’t think my night would be highlighted by reaching into the dress of a new friend and gently lifting each nippled nancy so I could place a cloth under it but there I was and yes, I did. She was amazed by how full and supple her breasts looked with the assistance of the rolled up wash cloths. So, the evening continued and she went out and it was a marvelous occasion. At some point that night she shared with her husband what we did and he just laughed and

laughed. It became time for Harris, her husband, to make a toast for the evening to thank everyone for coming to share this event with them and to declare his love to his wife. Anyone who knows Harris knows that he has quite a way with words. At the end of his toast he finished with “And thank you to our friend and hairdresser for making Anna Gayle’s boobs look so amazing tonight.” This all happened very early in our friendship but I knew after that night that we would all be great friends... and we are. In doing a little research to write this article, I was amazed to find out just how many slang terms there are for breasts. Terms such as tits, titties, jugs, melons, cans, hooters, knockers, fun bags, honkers, headlights, ta-tas, bahama mammas, balloons, bodacious tatas, bosoms, boulders, bazookas, milk factories, and the list goes on and on. After my article last month, I thought it only fair to write a little something to delight my friends who represent the “L” in LGBT. So, there you go Anna Gayle. I did it. Oh wait... you didn’t mean write about YOUR boobs? Oh... sorry. I wonder what body part I might write my next article about. Any suggestions? Until next month ya’ll.

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oobs. My dear friend Anna Gayle said that I couldn’t write an article about boobs and, well, you all know how I like a good challenge. Now that I think about it, of course she would want me to write an article about something she knows so much about. I mean... have you ever met my dear friend Anna Gayle? She was blessed by the boob fairy. She is what my straight male friends used to call “well stacked.” She has Humonga Chongas; Massive mammaries; Tig ol’ bitties; Huge hooters. And she is proud of them. She should be. Her husband agrees that they are a nice set. I recall the time not long after I met Anna Gayle. We had become friends at church and she found out that I was a hairdresser. A big shindig had been planned for she and her husband to enjoy their anniversary. She wanted everything about it to be special and I was honored to be asked to do her hair for the night. Of course I was happy to do so. While I was there and just after I finished doing her hair she got dressed for the event. After she got everything on, I couldn’t help but notice that the bra she had on was all wrong. It was showing in the cleavage area of her dress and was distracting from its beauty. As you would expect from me, I just had to tell her, “Girl, that bra just ain’t working with that dress. If I were you, I’d just take it off and go without one.” She agreed and off the bra came. As I mentioned


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

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exington, we hope you are ready for the Imperial Court of Kentucky! We are getting ready to blow your calendars up with amazing events and pageants. We may be a small community but we sure can make a difference. Do you love Halloween? Do you like to dress up in your glamourous scary wear and just be fabulous? Then you should consider running to become our Next Diva of Darkness. The Diva of Darkness Pageant will be held in October at Soundbar, so if you want to show us your favorite funeral wear, give us some amazing horror talent, and just be your ghoulish self, then come on out and try for that crown. Maybe you are a little more country than the big city allows, then you don’t want to miss the Diva’s of Hazard at Crossings Lexington. Grab your flannel, open that can of spam, and get ready for a night of fun and laughs as your favorite divas pull out their Country Sunday Best and show you how to really Ho-Down. The Imperial Court of Kentucky recently was welcomed with open arms to Indiana as we were honored to attend their Coronation and witness the crowning of their first Emperor and Empress. It was so impressive to see a community come together and over the course of a year start to build what without a doubt is going to be an organization that will

continue to get stronger. It was an honor for Emperor Ru ss e l l Drake and me to be a part of the crowning c e re m ony and carry the crowns for their n e w l y elected Monarchs. The Imperial Court of Kentucky is also gearing up as we travel to our sister court in Cincinnati October 6-9 to help them welcome their newest Monarchs to a new reign and congratulate their stepping down Monarchs, Empress Alana Reign and Emperor Owen Cash, on an amazing year of fundraising for their community. The upcoming Holidays are always a time for us to think about others and what we can do to help someone have an amazing holiday just like ours. We will have a show in November to help receive canned goods for Moveable Feast for the holiday dinners they deliver. Then in December we will be raising money

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for our annual AVOL Kids’ Christmas. This event helps us buy clothes and necessities for children for Christmas that just don’t have the means. We have tons of fun shows and events coming up and we would love to see everyone’s smiling faces in the crowds. To keep up with all of these, just like us on Facebook to see dates, times, and places of all upcoming events. If you are interested in seeing what we are all about and how our events and shows are planned, come see us at one of our board meetings every 2nd and 4th Sunday at the PCSO Pride Center on Waller Ave at 6 p.m. The Imperial Court of Kentucky understands that not everyone has the means to come to every show and fundraiser that we have, but if you would like to give just a little something back to our community you can do so by going to our website: www.ImperialCourtKentucky.org and hitting the donate button. Every little bit helps us help someone else.

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TransKY ADVOCATE by Tuesday G Meadows

On Femininity

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“Well, who are you? I really wanna know. (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?) Tell me, who are you? ‘Cause I really wanna know. (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)” Who Are You, The Who

everal times I have been complimented by someone saying that I “acted and looked” feminine. I wanted to say to them that this is my life and not a performance and that for me this is not a compliment. Like so much of the rest of my selfhood, my femininity is up for scrutiny. It is as if someone is saying, “Well, look at how feminine you are, you almost pass for a real girl.” As for so many other questions in my life, I went to Google to help define “femininity.” The first definition read: “The quality of being female, womanliness — she celebrates her femininity by wearing makeup and high heels.” I will admit that I do wear makeup on most days and on occasion I do wear high heels. I do not think that either of these things celebrate anything. I wear makeup to cover some of the splotchy skin on my face. When I wear heels it’s two-fold, it looks good with some of my outfits (personal preference) and I feel powerful and in control in most situations. I embrace being a feminine transgender woman, but I am also multi-dimensional, like everyone else. My biggest role model for femininity was my mom. Her femininity had nothing to do with what she wore or did with her

makeup. My mom was confident and tough as nails. She never took a back seat to anyone, especially any man (including my dad). She was also sensitive, kind, and caring. My mom bore 6 children, volunteered everywhere, took care of our household finances, was the decisionmaker for all family matters, and was always politically active. She also was my confidant when I was a teenager. Those are the qualities that taught me how to be a woman. I know I am a woman. I know I have my own type of femininity. One of being confident, sensitive, kind, and caring. I have resolve, and like my mom a certain type of toughness. If you think being a feminine transgender woman is easy, you are not paying attention. Our society is very harsh and judgmental. No, I didn’t lose the human gender or sexuality lottery like some people might think. I do not think I was “born in the wrong body.” What difference does that make anyway? The only mistake that occurred was that I was assigned male at birth (AMAB) by my doctor who delivered me. I was not “born a man” [sic.]; I have always been female. I have no idea why I was born with the outward characteristics of a male

instead of female. Some studies suggest biological variations may cause this to happen. Scientists will figure that out long after I am gone. I have only had one brain and that brain has always been female. I did not transition medically and socially to be female, I did it to be myself. I didn’t change my brain. Never mistake my kindness for weakness. Never-ever mistake me being feminine for me not being a strong individual. I will always be kind but I will not be taken advantage of by anyone. Also, I’m always feminine but that might not fit into “your” definition of feminine. I am proud to be a feminine transgender woman. I embrace my femininity, celebrate my life, and will continue to stand up to those that aggressively ask the question, “Who are you?” I do appreciate all of the individuals who accept me and all gender variant people for who we are. As for anybody else who wants to keep questioning me, my message is: I am happy being me, neither your disrespect nor your backhanded compliments will change that. You may write me at tmeadows828@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter @trishgigi. Now Tuesday’s gone with the wind. Q

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MY OLD

KENTUCKY HOME by Carol Taylor-Shim, MSW

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ey everyone! I’m back! I was gone last month on a much needed vacation to my wife’s home of Kihei, Hawaii. One of my sisters went with us and let me tell you, it was absolutely the most glorious vacation of my adult life. It wasn’t even really a vacation, it felt like I was coming home. I now know why my wife yearns for home. Yearns to be free of the burdens of being here in this place we currently call home. No one stared at my wife or tried to figure out if she was a male or female. Or what race she was. Or assumed what she was. HawaiianChinese, if anyone is interested. No one looked at us like we had two heads. No one moved about as if we didn’t belong there. Not once did we feel like we weren’t there. It was nothing but love. It was about accepting life as it is. It was about accepting my body as it is and celebrating the fact that it works unencumbered by disease or illness. It was refocusing on what is really most important in my life, and let me tell you, it’s not what it once was. On this island, there are no worries. I saw our beautiful cousin who is the most glorious trans wahine I have ever been blessed to be around. She is perfection. She is my ohana and I love her fully and unconditionally. I went back to the origins of my wife’s family and sat on the same bench that five generations have sat on. It is an honor to go to Grandma’s house. I sat in silence and listened as the ocean spoke to me.

Have you ever listened to the ocean? I mean really listened? She speaks to you at the exact time you need to listen. She welcomed me home. At a point it all became too much for me. The ongoing death and destruction of every single community I am a part of. Black and Brown people continue to be murdered at rates too painful to even mention. Gay marriage has brought no more protection for trans and queer people of color. Nothing has changed for us. We survive and thrive in spite of the ways the world is designed to obliterate enough of communities to keep them pitted against each other and struggling for air, water, peace, and solidarity. Black women continue to be disrespected to literal death by hoteps and others who only want to replace White privilege with their own. And there is still no safe place in my own Black community for me to be all that I am at the same time. But I’m still expected to help hold White, hetero, and/or cis tears as they navigate their own fragility. Well I just couldn’t anymore. Just because I’m magical doesn’t mean

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I’m not real. But we eventually had to come back to Kentucky. Back to the source of so much trauma, stress, and strain. Back to the stares, back to the looks that communicate “what are you doing here?” You see, that’s our reality here. And for those of you who are thinking, “If you don’t like it here just move,” here’s the catch, this is supposed to be my home. I was born and raised here. I should not HAVE to go completely across the country to feel like I belong. I should not have to contend with the messiness of other’s racism and bigotry. None of us should. Back to the ongoing, seemingly neverending, conversations about race in the LGBTQ community, which by the way, I’m exhausted with. No more talking. What are organizations that have traditionally been centered on the experiences of White LGBTQ folx actually going TO DO other than talk? So yeah, I’m back. Back to my old Kentucky home. And nothing has changed. Follow me @ctshim71

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SWEET EVENING

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LEXINGTON’S RAINBOW WEDDINGS by J.P. Johnson

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undraising. For the LGBT community, we throw drag shows, auctions, dinners, and plays. We come together in a myriad of ways to promote our organizations, our events, and to celebrate ourselves. In the mid-20th century, one way that (non-LGBT) organizations across the country raised money was the “womanless wedding.” Civic and economic leaders would come together and perform weddings in which every member of the bridal party — the bride, the matron of honor, the bridesmaids — were men. While there were certainly gay men and women in Lexington in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, there wasn’t a gay community as we know it today, so these womanless weddings — or rainbow weddings due to the “colorful” nature of the occasion — were held by nominally heterosexual church groups, social clubs, and even UK Athletics. The earliest account found, so far, for a womanless wedding comes from The Lexington Leader of July 15, 1930, announcing that UK Football Line Coach Bernie Shively “will be the ‘the blushing bride’ Friday night at Woodland Park during the presentation of the ‘womanless wedding’ part of the Park Follies.” Ed Evans was the matron of honor and A.L. Henry, the flower girl. The most well-known rainbow weddings in Lexington were

presented by James Herndon, better known as Sweet Evening Breeze or, simply, Sweets. Herndon, born 1892, had moved to Lexington from Scott

James Herndon, Sweet Evening Breeze, at a Womenless Wedding

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County by 1920. Herndon was a staple of downtown Lexington life until his death in 1983 and could be seen, daily, walking around town, dressed in women’s clothing. According to Don Edwards’ 1995 Lexington Herald-Leader article, “Herndon was the almost legendary subject of stories, jokes, anecdotes, poems and at least one song.”

Herndon gave his first “unique womanless fashion revue and rainbow wedding” on May 22, 1936 at the Pleasant Green Church, followed by a second at Dunbar Auditorium in September. On September 13, 1937, he performed a womanless wedding at St. James Church, with “a Creole style revue” at St. James on the 27th. In April 1944, a photo of Sweets in full bridal regalia appears in The Lexington Leader advertising the “Unique Rainbow Wedding and Style Show” sponsored by the Women’s Society of Christian Service at Asbury Church on High and Mill Streets. Then on June 14, 1945, “the James Herndon pageant will be presented tonight at Quinn A.M.E. Church.” During this time, Herndon also hosted garden parties at his home. These parties attracted many of Lexington’s social (White) elite to the poor (Black) community of Pralltown, closing down the street and making it the most-attend event of the season. It was these parties where UK Athletics got involved with Sweet’s weddings. Herndon loved the football players, even posing for pictures with the athletes on his couch. At one wedding, at least the story goes, UK Football Head Coach Bear Bryant was the father of the bride, giving Sweets away during the ceremony.

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SisterSound Welcomes Fall with a Speakeasy FUNdraiser by Barb Stead

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ehearsals have started for the Winter Concert but SisterSound wants to have some BIG FUN before they take the stage in January. So, they have planned a Speakeasy FUNdraiser to celebrate Fall, bring our friends and families together, and raise some funds to help defray the costs of purchasing music, paying our director and accompanist, and renting concert venues. The Speakeasy FUNdraiser will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3564 Clays Mill Road. Helena Handbasket has graciously agreed to be our emcee and there will be great entertainment that is

sure to please as well as wonderful refreshments, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. There will also be a Silent Auction with many unique items available for your bids! The cost of this fun evening is only $20 per person. Seating is limited, so come early and stay late and bring your friends with you. If you need more information, please call Maria at 859-276-3319. If you would like to donate an item, a service, a craft, or something else to the Silent Auction, please call Kelly at 312-725-3559. SisterSound is a 501(c)3 organization and all items donated to the Silent Auction are tax deductible.

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EXCERPTS FROM BITTEN BY THE FOO-FOO 2000 French Bread Awards – First Prize Published in Pacific Coast Journal, Winter 2002, v.7, no.2, pp.30-38 2nd Excerpt by Reinette F. Jones

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er cousin Liz hugged her and explained that the word amscray did not mean I love you, but rather it was pig latin for “get lost!” Liz knew that Wenny had gotten the wrong impression. “Now Wenny, don’t go and make a fool of yourself tonight. That hussy had trouble written all over her the minute she set foot in the door. She don’t want you, so forget about her.” Wenny ignored Liz and assured everyone that the love zap had been nothing more than a smidgen of foreplay. She could tell that the stranger wanted her body and she was going to reciprocate the courtship. Before Liz could stop her, Wenny did a handstand, and then walked about the room on her hands. “Hey, Liz! Is she looking? Is she looking at me?” Everybody was looking at her. Pinks, the bar owner, told Wenny to cut the acrobatics because her insurance didn’t cover drunken circus acts. Pinks never joked; she meant what she said at all times. Wenny lost her concentration and crumpled to the floor. Several women rushed forward to help her to her feet and Wenny was led to a booth where she could lie down. The newcomer looked around the room; she had lost a few admirers when she shocked Wenny with those cookies. A fickled custom must have

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been in effect; a local could assault a stranger, but the stranger was not supposed to retaliate. It was a strange bit of reasoning, but nonetheless, Fo o- Fo o lo oke d at Wenny ’s outstretched body and apologized in her own language, which Crazy Betty translated into two words, “Sorry, Silly!” Liz spoke on Wenny’s behalf. “Who is she calling Silly? Betty, you had better tell that lizard-eyed woman to watch her mouth. She’s the silly one, walking around with hot-wired cookies in her drawers!” Foo-Foo motioned for Betty to be quiet because she had more to say without translation. No one knew what she was saying, but FooFoo seemed sincere. Her voice was rhythmic and soothing. She would pause, then start a sentence with a soft whoosh and end it with a faint click of the tongue lifting away from the roof of her mouth. When she finished talking, there was a low hum vibrating down inside of her. Most of the crowd was transfixed, except Wenny who was asleep, and Pinks who ignored her customers most of the time anyway, and Liz and her friends were having their own conversation at the front of the bar. Everyone else had been watching and listening to Foo-Foo. She had a charismatic way with words and she used very delicate hand movements to emphasize what

she said. Her hands weren’t exactly small; they were about ½ a size larger than a normal woman’s hands and they complimented the rest of her body. That low hum wasn’t too bad either. There was a shared sensation of contentment within the attentive crowd. It had to have been one of the better times during the waning hours at the bar. It could have gone on forever, but Crazy Betty broke the enchantment. She just had to translate some of what Foo-Foo supposedly had said. No one wanted to hear Crazy Betty’s story about the newcomer being from the same planet as her cousin. According to the rumor, Betty’s cousin had run off with a weirdo woman and no one had seen hide nor hair of them for more than 50 years. That was more than enough time for her cousin to have died from natural causes, old age, or lack of oxygen. Betty’s grandmother still swears that both women drop down from the stars to visit Cricket Hop at least five times a year. She says that no one recognizes them because of the transmorgrification. As if using big words will make her story more believable. That Hetate family, they all can tell some pretty wild tales.

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(To be continued in the next issue of LinQ — See September issue of LinQ for 1st excerpt.)


AROUND THE LIBRARY reviewed by Kamryn Wies

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The Good Fight written by Andrew Grey

f you are looking for a realistic love story dealing with real life issues, read The Good Fight by Andrew Grey. Jerry Lincoln is the owner of an IT consulting business in Sioux Falls and he has the happy problem of having more business than he alone can handle. He hires John Black Raven to help him and a romance soon ensues. The romance isn’t even the best part of the story. The titular ‘good fight’ is John’s struggle to gain custody of his recently deceased sister’s children. The author also makes clear the politics and issues surrounding Native American children in foster care. This book weaves a fascinating and uplifting story about a man who no longer has to struggle alone to take care of his family along with a healthy dose of the reality of social injustices heaped upon Native Americans. This book can be found in our Adult Fiction section under FIC G.

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have been gathering “coming out” stories for thirty years. At first, it was unintentional. Throughout college and into my early twenties, a surprisingly large number of people opted to reveal to me, before anyone else, the fact that they were gay. This garnered me the nickname of “The Closet Door.” It was an unexpected role into which I felt humbled and privileged to have been cast. Each account led me to greater understanding, respect, and love for those faced with the daunting task of “coming out” to family, friends, co-workers, and a society, in general, who might not accept them. Two years ago, I decided these narratives should be shared as a way to educate and inspire. I partnered with Lexington Fairness to produce a play based on the accounts of individuals who were willing to contribute their sometimes funny, often poignant, and always courageous stories of coming out and into their own. In honor of National Coming Out Day, we presented a live theatre production at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. After only expecting a respectable audience of forty or so, the cast found themselves playing to a packed house. Twelve individuals took to the stage and revealed in honest, heartbreaking, and hilarious detail their struggles and triumphs in embracing their true selves and finding their place within the LGBTQIA spectrum. The connection they formed with the crowd and impact of their words was overwhelming. It was obvious these transformational tales deserved more than one, fleeting evening, so I

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immediately began searching for a more permanent and widely-accessible medium to present these and other accounts. Again, with the support of Lexington Fairness, I was able to make this dream a reality. The result is Out: An Anthology of LGBTQIA Kentucky, in which twenty-eight individuals give autobiographical accounts through poetry, prose, and personal essays. Within the pages of the manuscript, each letter of the abbreviation is represented. The book will be released and signed on October 13, 2016 during Further Out: A Multimedia Celebration of LGBQTIA Kentucky. The event, again to be held at the Carnegie Center, will also include live theatre with excerpts from the anthology, music from Tab Caudill, visual art, and the premier of The Queer Women Project, an original music video highlighting the diverse beauty within the lesbian, transgender, and queer female community. Contributing visual artists will include Rob Morgan, Ron Meece, and K. Nicole Wilson, among others. As part of the exhibit, painter K. Nicole Wilson will show her series 49 fireflies, inspired by the Orlando shootings at Pulse Nightclub. One of these moving pieces will also grace the cover of the anthology. Her poem on the same topic, titled Flat Lines, is featured within the book. In addition to being sold during the event, Out: An Anthology of LGBTQIA Kentucky will be available through Amazon. Further Out, the event, is free and open to the public. Q

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by Tuesday G Meadows

“Life is about evolving and growing. Elevating. Constant growth. Like green leaves... Take the good with the bad, the tears with the laughs and always be positive. And keep growing.” Green Leaves, Raheem DeVaughn

met Jess Garner through the PrideFest in 2015. She immediately made me feel at ease with her impish half-smiles and her Southern charm that is easy to fall in love with whenever she is around. I’ve been fortunate to get to know her better as she is participating in The Queer Women Project, featuring LGBTQ+ women who are living out and proud all around Central Kentucky. Jess was born in North Carolina, her family then moved to North Myrtle Beach, and then to Kentucky. Two of her most favorite things that she enjoyed as a child were playing Army and taking care of animals. As an adult, Jess pursued those dreams and is currently serving in the National Guard while attending the University of Kentucky where she is studying Animal Science as part of a Pre-Veterinarian program. Jess joined the military in 2010 at the same time that the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy was discontinued. The armed forces have had a challenging history with LGBT service members, and DADT made it impossible to serve openly (since one could be discharged for simply being oneself). In fact, in 1993, the commander of the Marine Corps equated telling someone that you were gay to telling someone that you were a member of the KKK. Untold thousands either left the service on their own or were discharged against their will. However, Jess has experienced a number of positive policy and cultural changes since she joined. Jess has always been treated with respect, and her experience has been that the modern military respects service members regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or other differences. She serves her country openly and proudly, and she has obtained the rank of Sergeant. She loves that people come from all backgrounds and operate to accomplish a task as one cohesive group. As a Sergeant, she is one of the first lines of communication for the larger unit that she serves. When Jess talks about her experiences in the military, working, and going to school, she is so easygoing and unassuming that I was engaged from the first second we sat down together. She describes overcoming obstacles with deceptive simplicity. Enthusiasm radiates from her. I am thrilled she is one of the women participating in The Queer Women Project. Come see the video, The Queer Women Project, at 7:30 p.m. on October 13 at the Carnegie Center in Lexington as part of Donna Ison’s Further Out. Q 15 LinQ // OCTOBER 2016 . FEATURE


THE NEW 2017

LEX PRIDE FESTIVAL COMMITTEE by PCSO Board

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fter celebrating the best Lexington Pride Festival yet, one might think the volunteers who put it together would take a well-deserved rest. One might think incorrectly. The elections for the Lexington Pride Festival Committee for 2017 were held in August, and the vast majority of volunteer leaders were reelected. A few changes occurred, but most people were excited to resume working. “It really is a labor of love,” said returning Treasurer Jacob Boyd. Organizing the ever-growing festival has become a gargantuan task, but the committee of organizers is grabbing this challenge by the reins and charging forward happily. The organizers believe strongly in PCSO’s mission of educating, empowering, and enhancing the community — a mission that the Lexington Pride Festival fulfills supremely. New Pride Vice Chair Katherine WilkieKennedy summed it up, “Being a part of something that impacts people positively brings me joy and pride. Pun intended.” The Committee looks forward to many grand and innovative ideas, for this year is unique. Not only is it the 10th anniversary of the Lexington Pride Festival but it is the 40th anniversary of its host organization,

PCSO. No pressure, right? Not at all. As proof of good fortune, the year has already started off well. For the first time, all positions were filled on election night. No races were contested, and the team has a varied but cohesive mix of ages, races, and sexes. “I’m extremely grateful to be working alongside this amazing pool of superpower veterans and talented newcomers,” exclaimed Committee Chair Paul Brown. Please join us in welcoming the new Committee: Chair – Paul Brown Vice Chair – Katherine Wilkie-Kennedy Treasurer – Jacob Boyd Secretary – Vanessa Booker Activities – Wanda McCants Entertainment – Scott Robinson Fundraising – Katherine Wilkie-Kennedy It/Website – Amy Hatter Logistics – Tuesday Meadows Marketing/Advertising – Sarah Brown and Tiffany Dupont Merchandising – Rikki Maher Social Media – Dena Lee Sponsorships – Morgan Fry Vendor Liaison – Haley Marie Volunteers – Mark Johnson and Haley Marie

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This team is phenomenal, but there is still space and opportunities to get involved. The Pride Festival will need many volunteers throughout the year, and the Committee welcomes all people who want to lend a hand. Meetings will take place on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Pride Center: 389 Waller Avenue, Suite 100. All meetings are open to the public, so feel free to join. Look for more information in upcoming editions of LinQ or at www.lexpridefest.org. Q


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8 1) JR Zerkowski from St. Paul Catholic Church presents the United in Spirit banner to Pamela Schwartz, Curator of Exhibitions, Collections at the Orange County History Center Living Memorial project at Pulse Nightclub 2) Cadillac Seville performs as “Kim Davis” at the Morehead Pride Festival 3) Organizers and attendees at the first ever Morehead Pride Festival 4) Miss Lexington Pride 2016, Serena Van Daren, performs at the Morehead Pride After Party submitted by ‘svandaren92’ via Instagram #LinQbyPCSO 5) PCSO’s UK College of Pharmacy Community Service Learning Team for Fall 2016-Spring 2019 6) Executive committee for The Rainbow Bowling League 2016-2017 season 7) Chad Hundley tables the PCSO booth at the second annual Louisville Pride Festival submitted by ‘kentuckygleek’ via Instagram #LinQbyPCSO 8) The Derby Sisters speak at the second annual Louisville Pride Festival


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13 9) Attendees at the first ever Rowan County Pride Festival 10) JR Zerkowski from St. Paul Catholic Church presents Toyota’s Lexington Pride We Are Orlando banner to Terry DeCarlo, Executive Director of the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida 11) Being Queer in the Bible Belt panel discussion at the Rowan County Pride Festival 12) Jeri Hutton paints a backdrop for the PCSO Adult Pride Community Prom 13) RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars Season 2 contestant,Tatianna, performs at The Bar Complex, presented by Hard Candy entertainment


OCT CALENDAR

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Saturday, October 1 10:00 a.m. - Grief Support Group (Ahava Center) 7:30 p.m.-TransKentucky Meeting Sunday, October 2 2:00 p.m. - 2nd Annual Pride in The Park (Woodland Park) 6:30 p.m. - Team Lex Volleyball (Bluegrass Volleyball Center) Wednesday, October 5 1:00 p.m. - “Living with Aging” 60+ Senior Discussion Group (Bell House Senior Citizen Center) 7:00 p.m. - “Heart To Heart” LGBT Discussion Group (PCSO Center) Thursday, October 6 6:30 p.m. - PCSO Board Meeting (PCSO Center) Saturday, October 8 UK Football Concessions with PCSO (Commonwealth Stadium) 11:00 a.m. - Georgetown Pride Community Cookout (Royal Springs, Georgetown) 9:00 p.m. - Kentucky Bourbon Bears Board Meeting (Crossings) Sunday, October 9 6:00 p.m. - Imperial Court Meeting (PCSO Center) 6:30 p.m. - Team Lex Volleyball (Bluegrass Volleyball Center) Tuesday, October 11 NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY! 6:30 p.m. - PFLAG Meeting (St. Michaels Episcopal Church) 9:00 p.m. - LGBT Sci-Fi/ Horror Group (PCSO Center) Wednesday, October 12 1:00 p.m. - “Living with Aging” 60+ Senior Discussion Group (Bell House Senior Citizen Center) 5:00 p.m. - Richmond’s Alphabet Soup Support Group (UU Fellowship Hall) 7:00 p.m. - “Heart To Heart” LGBT Discussion Group (PCSO Center) Thursday, October 13 7:30 - Further Out (Carnegie Center)

Saturday, October 15 Editorial & Ad Deadline for LinQ Magazine Sunday, October 16 6:30 p.m. - Team Lex Volleyball (Bluegrass Volleyball Center) Wednesday, October 19 1:00 p.m. - “Living with Aging” 60+ Senior Discussion Group (Bell House Senior Citizen Center) 7:00 p.m. - “Heart To Heart” LGBT Discussion Group (PCSO Center) Thursday, October 20 6:30 p.m. - PCSO Board Work Session (PCSO Center) 9:30 p.m. - Diva of Darkness (Soundbar) Friday, October 21 7:00 p.m. - JustFundKY presents: Roast of Debra Hensley (Lyric Theatre) 7:00 p.m. - Senior’s Bistro/Potluck (PCSO Center) Saturday, October 22 UK Football Concessions with PCSO (Commonwealth Stadium) 1:00 p.m. - Librarian’s Work Day (PCSO Center) Sunday, October 23 3:00 p.m. - LGBT Sci-Fi/ Horror Group (PCSO Center) 6:00 p.m. - ICK’s Board of Directors/Membership Meeting (PCSO Center) 6:30 p.m. - Team Lex Volleyball (Bluegrass Volleyball Center) Wednesday, October 26 1:00 p.m. - “Living with Aging” 60+ Senior Discussion Group (Bell House Senior Citizen Center) 7:00 p.m. - “Heart To Heart” LGBT Discussion Group (PCSO Center) Thursday, October 27 6:30 p.m. - LexPrideFest Planning Meeting (PCSO Center) Sunday, October 30 6:30 p.m. - Team Lex Volleyball (Bluegrass Volleyball Center)

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

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