We've reached our goal! Thank you!!! New Stretch Goal : $7,550 The additional $1,000 would cover travel costs for a story-gathering trip to the North East in the fall! PA, NY, VT, ME, NH, MA, CT, NJ, DE, & MD!!!!
The Short Story: Country Queers Can Survive and Thrive! is an oral history project documenting the diverse experiences of rural and small town LGBTQI folks in the U.S.A. The interviews are posted to an interactive story telling website, with full transcriptions, audio excerpts and photos. When country queer stories have been gathered in every state these interviews and photos will be compiled into a book. Your support will enable me to take this project on the road during the summer of 2014 to collect interviews in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas! (route subject to change).
The Long Story: To read an in depth statement of the goals and intentions of this project please visit the website. Since launching this project in July of 2013 I have collected 9 interviews in 7 states on my own time and budget. In order to collect stories farther from home I need your support. Your donation will allow me to interview a diverse array of individuals in 10 states who share the identities of being LGBTQI and country, but differ in their experiences of race, class, gender identity, nationality, language, ability, age, and other parts of their identities. I am in conversation with Southerners on New Ground, the Two Spirit National Cultural Exchange, and the Kansas Queer Youth Network, and have reached out to the International Gay Rodeo Association and the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project to find folks to interview throughout the South and Southwest.
Donations will cover gas, lodging, food, and supplies needed to complete this project (including a camera to take high quality portraits for a future book). As with all of the interviews collected so far, I am donating my time to interview and transcribe these stories because I think that our understanding of queer experience in the U.S. is greatly weakened by the absence of rural voices. I will not have time to post the interviews to the blog while travelling, but will post weekly updates with photos and quotes from the interviews to the Country Queers Facebook Page as I travel.
To read interviews or listen to audio excerpts from a few country queers click on their images below or visit the website.
Sam. 20. Southwest VA:
Elandria. 34. Knoxville/Powell, TN:
Jonah. 28. Windham, CT:
Betty, 63 & Dora, 47. Central TX:
Risks and challenges
The car could break down, all of my interview subjects could disappear at the last minute, there could be tornadoes, or floods, or all sorts of catastrophes!!! (Oh, don't get me started worrying!)
-I have a large network of friends and supporters all over the country
-I have confirmed interviewees in all states on my agenda.
-I am collaborating with Southerners on New Ground, the Two Spirit National Cultural Exchange, and the Kansas Queer Youth Network, and have reached out to the International Gay Rodeo Association and the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project to find folks to interview throughout the South and Southwest.
-Also, (hopefully) I have your support to help me fund this project and find folks off the beaten path to interview! If you now of someone I should interview please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
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