This whole month of Alabama Prides has been nothing short of amazing. To be able to see the love and energy poured into these events each weekend by folks who are working so hard all year is enough to make me even more proud to be Queer and from the deep South. Having spent hours talking about our shared past has renewed my faith in our project and has given me the clarity to know that we are on the right track. Yes it’s always hard to be outside in the brutal Alabama heat and humidity, but in these Pride festivals I was able to reconnect with the pure joy of being Queer that I so miss in our national conversation. I was also floored to see myself and Maigen in the New York Times for their coverage of Pride on the Plains in Opelika/Auburn. While I can always do with a little less Southern Gothic and lot more Southern Queer liberation, it is such a thrill to know that the lives of Queer Southern folks are being recognized for the first time on a national scale. The Queer South is showing out folks and it’s time we got our due. This while Pride season was nothing short of a family reunion and I for one am so glad that we have access to these amazing people.
As we say here in iHP, we remain as always Unapologetically Southern, and Unapologetically Queer!