Country Queers

Country Queers

is creating Rural Queer Stories & Community

51

patrons

$204

per month
Since 2013 Rachel Garringer has been interviewing rural, small town and country LGBTQ+ folks across the U.S. - gathering stories of rural queer joy, struggle, resilience, creativity, isolation, fear, love, and community. 

This project was born at a time when rural queer stories were few and far between in mainstream and social media, and at a time when finding one another as rural queer people often felt nearly impossible. 

After six years of gathering stories  - from New Mexico to Massachusetts, West Virginia to Mississippi, Tennessee to Colorado -  we want to make these first-person accounts of rural queer life available to country queers (and friends) all over!
These stories don't simplify rural spaces or queer spaces. They don't overly romanticize or overly demonize rural places. These stories paint a portrait of rural spaces and queer spaces outside of major cities as complex and nuanced. 

In these interviews, Country Queers tell - in their own words - the complicated & contradictory, the beautiful & painful, the glorious & boring details of their rural queer lives. And, they talk about how other layers of their identities, such a race and class and religion and gender identity, affect their experiences in rural and queer spaces.

Country Queers has always been a part-time, volunteer-run, and entirely-crowdfunded labor of love. It wouldn't exist without the generous financial support of so many, the amazing volunteer transcriptionists from New Orleans to Vancouver, and the advice & input of trusted friends and mentors.

And, we still need your help to get these stories and images out to the world!

In 2019 we'll launch the Country Queers podcast and put together our very first traveling gallery exhibit. And, we'll continue to bring you Instagram takeovers, where rural queers from all over tell their stories in images and words of their choosing.

Please support this project as it grows!

countryqueers.com
Tiers
Deer One
$1 or more per month

Thank you for believing in this project and funding it's continuation!  

The Best Neighbor
$5 or more per month

Growing up on a farm in the middle of nowhere, my stepdad always said "A good neighbor is worth more than money in the bank." In this virtual world you can be a good neighbor even from across the country or world. Consider donating $5 a month to keep this Central Appalachian born & raised project going. Supporting at this level will also get you Patreon-only podcast episodes. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

Mountain Rainbow Unicorn
$10 or more per month

Donate $10 a month to support development, production, and marketing of the podcast AND printing, framing, and transportation costs of a traveling gallery exhibit (both new in  2019)! Supporting at this level will also get you Patreon-only podcast episodes.

Goals
$204 of $500 per month
Pay rural people for the art and media we produce!!!!! Don't pay city people to parachute in and extract stories about our homes without nuance or complexity.

Also: Anything helps! Thank you so much!
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Since 2013 Rachel Garringer has been interviewing rural, small town and country LGBTQ+ folks across the U.S. - gathering stories of rural queer joy, struggle, resilience, creativity, isolation, fear, love, and community. 

This project was born at a time when rural queer stories were few and far between in mainstream and social media, and at a time when finding one another as rural queer people often felt nearly impossible. 

After six years of gathering stories  - from New Mexico to Massachusetts, West Virginia to Mississippi, Tennessee to Colorado -  we want to make these first-person accounts of rural queer life available to country queers (and friends) all over!
These stories don't simplify rural spaces or queer spaces. They don't overly romanticize or overly demonize rural places. These stories paint a portrait of rural spaces and queer spaces outside of major cities as complex and nuanced. 

In these interviews, Country Queers tell - in their own words - the complicated & contradictory, the beautiful & painful, the glorious & boring details of their rural queer lives. And, they talk about how other layers of their identities, such a race and class and religion and gender identity, affect their experiences in rural and queer spaces.

Country Queers has always been a part-time, volunteer-run, and entirely-crowdfunded labor of love. It wouldn't exist without the generous financial support of so many, the amazing volunteer transcriptionists from New Orleans to Vancouver, and the advice & input of trusted friends and mentors.

And, we still need your help to get these stories and images out to the world!

In 2019 we'll launch the Country Queers podcast and put together our very first traveling gallery exhibit. And, we'll continue to bring you Instagram takeovers, where rural queers from all over tell their stories in images and words of their choosing.

Please support this project as it grows!

countryqueers.com

Recent posts by Country Queers

Tiers
Deer One
$1 or more per month

Thank you for believing in this project and funding it's continuation!  

The Best Neighbor
$5 or more per month

Growing up on a farm in the middle of nowhere, my stepdad always said "A good neighbor is worth more than money in the bank." In this virtual world you can be a good neighbor even from across the country or world. Consider donating $5 a month to keep this Central Appalachian born & raised project going. Supporting at this level will also get you Patreon-only podcast episodes. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

Mountain Rainbow Unicorn
$10 or more per month

Donate $10 a month to support development, production, and marketing of the podcast AND printing, framing, and transportation costs of a traveling gallery exhibit (both new in  2019)! Supporting at this level will also get you Patreon-only podcast episodes.