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Country Queers: Documenting Rural LGBTQIA+ Pasts & Presents

April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies, in partnership with Prism and the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, presents: Country Queers: Documenting Rural LGBTQIA+ Pasts & Presents

Country Queers is an ongoing multimedia oral history project that has been documenting rural queer and trans experiences in the U.S. across intersecting layers of identity since 2013. Rae Garringer, founder and director, will talk about their motivation for starting the project, how the project has evolved since its beginning, and future plans for this work. They will also share audio clips and photos from the archive of interviews gathered since 2013.

Bio: Rae Garringer (they/them) WHO WILL JOIN US VIA ZOOM is a writer, oral historian, and audio producer who was raised on a sheep farm in southeastern West Virginia and still calls central Appalachia home. Rae is the founder and director of Country Queers – an ongoing, multimedia, community-based oral history project documenting rural and small town LGBTQIA+ experiences across the United States since 2013.  Rae completed a BA from Hampshire College in 2007 and an MA in Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. They gained audio production chops as the Public Affairs Director at Appalshop’s WMMT 88.7fm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky from 2017-2020. Rae is white, queer, and non-binary.

This event will be held on Zoom. Zoom link will be sent out via Daily Announcements.

This event includes a raffle for a Country Queers t-shirt (black with pink boots logo)! Sign up at event (all MHU student attendees are eligible).

This event is geared towards MHU students, but if you are a community member or alum who wishes to join, please register here.

This event will take place on Zoom


April 15
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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