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Mtn. News: EKY’s first-ever Pride Festival

Mtn. News: EKY’s first-ever Pride Festival

Wendy Mccowan-Williams performing at Pikeville’s first-ever Pride Festival.

 It’s been a week of especially violent news from across the United States: from the bombs mailed to news centers and democratic politicians, to the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. This week on Mountain News we’re bringing you a hopeful story about the first ever pride festival in eastern KY, which took place in Pikeville on October 20th.

Drag Performer Tomika Taylor sings to a young attendee of Pikeville’s first ever Pride Festival.

Musicians and drag preformers from across Kentucky performed to a crowd of 200-300 people for Pikeville Pride. The family friendly event was organized by Progress Pike and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, with support from the Pride Community Service Organization of Lexington. Many of the performers grew up in eastern Kentucky but left to seek more acceptance in larger cities. In this episode of Mountain News we bring you audio of two of the performers speaking to the crowd about LGBTQ+ rights and history, and, interviews with several members of the crowd who traveled from near and far to take part in the historic event.

   And, from the Ohio Valley Resource, a short piece that explores how is healthcare shaping this mid-term election.





appalachian history,
arts & culture,
LGBTQ history,
Pride Festival,

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