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Gilda Wabbit (Sam Themer)

Drag queen Gilda Wabbit (Sam Themer) talks about her childhood in Kentucky, growing up in Louisville and Frankfort as the "artsy" "weird" kid. She talks about…
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James W. Dinkle

Dinkle talks about his experience of discovering his sexuality and coming out. He talks about how he was affected by living in a conservative environment, and…
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Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson talks about growing up in Owingsville, Kentucky and his experiences in school just after integration. He talks about being called various names…
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Tuesday Meadows

Tuesday Meadows is a transgender woman from Kentucky. In this interview she discusses her childhood growing up in Kentucky, why she waited until late in her…
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Michael J. DeLeon

Michael DeLeon and his husband Greg Bourke were the plaintiffs in the Kentucky same-sex marriage case Bourke v. Beshear which later went to the Supreme Court as…
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Greg Bourke

Greg Bourke and his husband Michael DeLeon were the plaintiffs in the Kentucky same-sex marriage case Bourke v. Beshear which later went to the Supreme Court as…
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Ernesto Scorsone

Ernesto Scorsone is a lawyer, politician, and judge from Kentucky. At the time of this interview he is serving as Fayette Circuit Court Judge. In this interview…
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Reinette Jones

Reinette Jones is a special collections librarian and African American Studies academic liaison at the University of Kentucky. Jones shares her experiences…
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Nelson Fields

Nelson Fields shares his journey toward self-love and acceptance, discussing growing up in Georgetown, Kentucky and realizing his sexuality, yet feeling…
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Jennifer Martin

Jen Martin shares her journey as a transgender woman from her first coming out as seemingly a gay man to coming out as transgender and transitioning in the…
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Kevin Lane Dearinger

Kevin Lane Dearinger shares about his Catholic upbringing in Kentucky, his passion for writing, and his eventual passion for theater. Dearinger describes his…
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Carol Taylor-Shim

Carol Taylor-Shim shares her experiences navigating her sexual and racial identities, discussing issues such as tokenization, racism, and trauma. Taylor-Shim…
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Theo Meacham

Theo Meacham shares his journey into coming out as a queer transgender man. Meacham also talks about his passion for theater, and working with LGBTQ youth.…
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Melissa N. Stein

Melissa Stein talks about her journey as a white lesbian mother, detailing her life from her growing up in the Northeast (United States), to eventually living…
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Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson details his journey from Tennessee to Kentucky, describing his personal journey identifying as a gay man, as well as his path into a career in…
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Julia Bennington

Julia Bennington shares her personal journey, which spanned decades, toward meeting, being separated from, then eventually reuniting with her partner.…
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Dawn Josephine Wilson

Dawn Wilson shares about her life from her illustrious history of political activism, to her passion for fencing, and her experiences as a trans woman of color…
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Michael Aldridge

Michael Aldridge shares his extensive experience in working with LGBTQ rights as the Director of the Kentucky ACLU. Aldridge also shares his life journey as a…
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Charlie Yi Zhang

Charlie Yi Zhang shares his childhood and education in China, and his journey to eventually moving to the United States for his PhD. Zhang discusses gender,…
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Mel Lesch

Mel Lesch shares her life journey from moving state to state and eventually settling in Lexington, Kentucky. Lesch discusses her life as queer person, her…
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J.P. Davis

J.P. Davis describes his upbringing in Ashland, Kentucky and coming out as a gay man to his church-going family. Davis also shares his passion for fundraising…
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Rory Barron

Rory Barron, a University of Kentucky undergraduate student, shares his life as a transmasculine person. Barron discusses his passion for activism, the…