Mark Johnson talks about growing up in Owingsville, Kentucky and his experiences in school just after integration. He talks about being called various names because of his racial identity as well as his sexuality. He talks about his struggles in college due to discrimination, including a burning cross being put on his door. He discusses the discrimination he faced in his professional life as a social worker. Johnson talks about the unique struggles of being in an interracial relationship. He discusses places in Lexington where he feels comfortable as a Black gay man, as well as places where he feels unwelcome. Johnson talks about Bluegrass Black Pride, Inc. and his leadership role within the organization. He talks briefly about performing as a female impersonator.
African Americans--Social conditions.
Coming out (Sexual orientation)
Bluegrass Black Pride, Inc.
African American community
Morehead State University
“Mark Johnson,” OutSouth: LGBTQ+ Oral History Project, accessed July 28, 2021, https://www.nunncenter.net/outsouth/items/show/3.