Queer in Appalachia

Spring 2020: 15th Annual Queer in Appalachia

Do you have suggestions for the 15th Annual Queer in Appalachia? If so, please contact our Social Chair, Katie Mey.

Past Years

Spring 2019: 14th Annual featuring Mamone of @QueerAppalachia

The LGBT Caucus of Virginia Tech presents the

14th Annual Queer in Appalachia


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Squires Student Center

290 College Ave.Blacksburg, VA 24061

Keynote | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Colonial Hall

A conversation with Mamone, one of the creators behind the Instagram account that's building a queer community of over 150,000 online and expanding representation of queer people in Appalachia and the South.

Reception | 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. | LGBTQ+ Resource Center (Squires 227)

A reception for the community beginning immediately after the keynote.

Open Recovery Meeting / Processing Space | 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. | Squires 342

One of the topics that Queer Appalachia routinely broaches is that of substance abuse in the queer communities of Appalachia. This is a space for those in recovery to gather in support and community following the keynote.

We're more than excited to have Mamone join us to provide the Keynote for this year's Queer in Appalachia and hope that all members of our LGBTQ+ community will come out to see them. Please invite your friends, coworkers, family, or a perfect stranger to join you for our events this year!

"When mainstream media writes about Appalachia—stories about the declining coal economy, for instance, or the opioid crisis, it regularly uses language that conjures regional stereotypes of white, straight, rural, and patriarchal people and culture. This framing and stereotyping, while business as usual, ignores so much else in Appalachia: drag queens reading stories at the local library, a zine-maker who combines art and environmentalism, writers and poets traveling the region to share their art, students standing up against pipelines, a long history of labor organizing, queer farmers, and so much more. The collective known as Queer Appalachia is highlighting these stories; promoting art, activism, and culture in the region; building community; and changing how the rest of America thinks about Appalachia and the South."

-Introduction to an article by Kristina Gaddy on bitchmedia

This event is a part of Pride Week 2019 and is possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, including: The LGBTQ+ Resource Center, The Cultural and Community Centers, HokiePride, The University Libraries Diversity Council, The Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, Moss Arts Center, The Department of Religion and Culture, and The Women's Center. We also thank Bently Wood for their kind contribution of their time and talents to this event.Find out more about Pride Week 2019 at: https://ccc.vt.edu/calendar/Pride_Week.html