Hi #countryqueers & friends. Rachel here with a few updates/thoughts. ..
1st: I can still hardly believe it happened, but, I got to interview @dorothyallisonwriter for Country Queers this month. As a writer, a southern born & raised queer, a history nerd, & a huge fan it was truly amazing. She was as feisty, funny, wise, fierce, generous, & welcoming as you could hope for. Can’t wait to share the interview!
2nd: I want to thank @twinoaksqueergathering for the takeover last week, & also to acknowledge that some of their content & language was really harmful in terms of gender & race. I also want to thank folks for raising some really important critiques of the takeover itself & issues of white supremacy in country queer life generally. The tensions, contradictions, & messiness of promoting rural pride – specifically among predominantly white queer folks – in a country founded on & fueled by genocide, slavery, land theft, & colonialism are not lost on me. And, I still believe in a need for first person rural queer accounts of the joys, challenges, terrors, triumphs of our lives.
The goal of this project has never been to amplify one kind of rural or queer experience, to romanticize rural life, to deny the problems in rural spaces. The goal has been to amplify many experiences of queerness & rural life, and complicate ideas of both. To demand a national conversation that doesn’t simplify queerness to metropolitan, wealthy, cis-gendered whiteness, or rural-ness to conservative Christian white heteronormativity. ..
Content of takeovers are left wide open so folks can craft their stories as suits them, but clearly a process is needed to determine when & how to step in when harmful content and dynamics come up. Development of some clearer guidelines is in progress. I’m grateful to everyone who has shared their stories, & their frustrations & critiques of this work. Please keep both coming...
3rd: I’m super excited to announce that the moderation of this account is going to shift hands to some badass young Central Appalachian babes from swVA from @stayproject More on that soon! ..
🧡💜❤️🖤💚💛💖 from eKY