Queer in Appalachia
Spring 2020: 15th Annual Queer in Appalachia
Spring 2019: 14th Annual featuring Mamone of @QueerAppalachia
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Squires Student Center290 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