STAY Project is celebrating pride y’all! For many of us, showing up as our full selves in our communities is not always possible -but that don’t mean we ain’t here. When- as STAY alum Rachel Garringer said, “the places we love don’t always love us back” -leaving can be a necessary act of self-preservation just as staying can be an act of resistance. Being young and LGBTQIA+ in these mountains can be isolating and that we don’t always have access to Pride festivals or queer spaces. STAY has always been a space for young queer folx to connect and align in the struggle for queer liberation for all people. Additionally, the STAY Project believes that queerness in Appalachia is not a singular experience or aesthetic, rather that #Fabulachia is a multitude of experiences. So if you are willing and able to share we want to hear from y’all this pride month about what makes you #ProudtoSTAY?