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I know how much you love it when clearly, some very wrong choices. one day to those groups because
I write my article about the subject I I am, however, going to encourage someone had a change of heart. This ‘
’ am most informed about... ME. Well, each of you that might be reading change was accomplished by decades l
this time I am going to try to step this to look at the facts and good and of struggles for fairness and equality.
away from that familiar topic and accurate information. Then, based So, my point is this... if people 3
talk about you. And when I say “you,” on those facts, try to envision the recognized that voting was important “
‘ I don’t mean you as an individual. I future of our country and our world enough to fight for the right to do
am talking about the collective you: and what you think it should look so, why then is it so difficult to get
‘ you, a part of the community; you, like so that the future embraces each people to show up at the polls to
a portion of this country; you, a and every one of us as a part of the vote? Please exercise your right to
piece of this world/planet. What is conversation. Who do you think it vote this election season. Get out
important to YOU? What can YOU willbe that would most likely include there and make a difference. Many
do to make this a better place? What your needs and desires for that have said that the state of Kentucky
responsibility do you have to help future? has its current governor because of
make this life experience the best it such alow number of people showing
M can be for everyone you encounter, up to vote. Good or bad, this is true.
0 including you the individual? I have heard many people complain
g It is no secret What is currently about it. I can only hope that those
I at stake in our world. All you have people who are so unhappy with the
to do is turn on the TV or pick up results are people that actually made
a newspaper and you will see very the effort and showed up to vote. If I
impassioned people screaming about not, I would hope they would shut up ,
what they think is the right direction ' and keep their disgust to themselves. I '
that our country should go. And In my opinion, your not showing lfi.‘
I begin to wonder... what are they ' up to vote makes me completely i 3’
basing their views/opinions on? Are uninterested in hearing anyinput you t
they making educated guesses based might have about the current state .
on their own life experiences up to Whatever your decision, I of the government. And remember, ' '
this point? Are they researching and need you to remember that our ability they don’t have “do overs” for low i
basing their opinions on the facts that and right to support the democracy numbers at the polls or if you don’t i
they find about certain candidates? that this country was created from is like the outcome. Whatever happens ‘-
Are they jumping on their political a gift. There are many people in the on election day is what we will deal
bandwagons based on popularity or world who do not have the right to with for at least the next two, four, or
familiarity of what they have seen on vote. There was a time when citizens six years. So... for goodness sake... be
TV in the past? Are people taking of this country were not permitted to relevant, be included, be responsible, .
stances because of peer pressure vote because of gender or race. Now and get your ass out there and VOTE. ‘
or family tradition? I struggle with we can’t even comprehend someone Please? Mamaw will be so proud of
understanding all of this. being turned away from a voting you if you do. Talk to ya’ll next month
As much as I want to, I am booth for any reason, but it wasn’t
not going to endorse any candidate that long ago when that was the Send comments or suggestions [0
for President in this article. That is normal and accepted practice. And HelenahandbasketKY@gmail.com
not to say that I don’t think there are, those rights were not just freely given 0
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“Cruisin’ down the center of a two way street, wond’rin’ who is really in 3‘ l
the driver’s seat. Mindin’ my bus’ness, along comes big brother, says, ‘e ":3
‘Son, you better get on one side or the other,’ I’m out on the border.”
On The Border, The Eagles
, Whave all heard the question, Jenner and her choices, transgender when you do vote. Even a credit card
“Why don’t people vote?” What these activist and writer Brynn Tannehill with your name on it (no picture
people really mean is, “Why don’t says in an essay, “How on earth required) is acceptable identification.
people who think like me vote?” No could a transgender person support You can still vote as long as you are in
E matter if someone leans left or right, a candidate who literally wants the right precinct and have registered.
each side holds a certain amount of transgender people to have no I have served as an elections official
dislike for the other, but they hold a legal rights?” Tannehill goes on to for over 15 elections, and the biggest
special dislike for people who don’t say, however, “While most of the problem that I have witnessed is that
choose one side or the other. Pollsters people who are extremely hostile to people go to the wrong place to vote.
call these people “undecided” or transgender people are Republicans, Know your polling place. I
“swing votes.” Others would call them not all Republicans are hostile.” This We all have a right to choose W
moderates. I am one of these people. year has been a strange election year; or not, but I will never vote for !
Facebook and other social I consider Sanders to be a moderate, someone who is anti-LGBTQ. By the __
media can get pretty vile toward Clinton to be a conservative, and same token, I will not always vote for
moderates. I am guessing that I the major GOP candidates to be so someone just because they are pro-
am being unfriended and blocked far right that they are not even on LGBTQ. I want my candidate to be W
as people read this right now. my scale. Jenner seems to think we concernedforallminorities.Ialso will fl 1
Please finish reading before you can negotiate with haters like Cruz. never compromise my community or
electronically execute me. I am I simply will not negotiate with myself by supporting someone who ,
always open about who I support terrorists, toddlers, or haters. is hellbent on destroying that very
now and who I have voted for in I know you have heard it community. Use your vote and your
the past. I usually get attitude from before, but I will say it again: Please voice wisely this election year.
both sides about one or the other. No get out and vote. To me it just seems If you are looking for me I will
wonder people don’t want to vote. so much easier to vote than to fight be here somewhere in the middle or
Once you’ve made your decision who these people once they get into office. not so middle. You may write me at i
to vote for, you have to defend your Again, if you choose not to vote, tmeadow5828@gmail.com or follow
decision for the rest of your life. that is your right, and I’ll never say me on Twitter at Tuesday Meadows ,
I will never shy away from don’t complain because you didn’t @trishgigi. Now Tuesday’s gone with
taking a stand, and I will sometimes vote. Although, when it comes to the wind.
be critical of others for their voting, know your rights also. You 0
choices. Caitlyn Jenner seems to be must register in the precinct where The views expressed in this article
supporting Ted Cruz for president. you reside. If you have moved, get are solely those of the author, and
Personally, I find it repugnant that a change of address form by calling do not necessarily represent those of
she is even considering one of the your local election board. Just about LinQ Magazine or the PC80. LinQ
most anti-LGBTQ candidates ever any form of government ID with your Magazine and the PCSO do not
to be a valid choice. Regarding picture will work as identification endorse any candiate or political party.

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ver the years, I’ve found it turns to a session of let-me- faces as they ushered themselves
myself longing to connect with other try-and-get-her-to-understand out of the room. I couldn’t tell if it
. queer women of color. Or women of because I know her. Then it delves was out of fear and frustration or
color in general. I found exactly what into an unbothered shoulder shrug respect and understanding. Except
: Ineeded when I joined acommunity from me. It’s yet another burden for one woman holding fast to her
group centered on the experiences of marginalization. This safety net chair as if it was the last dingy from
of women of color. To be able to is more critical now than some of the Titanic. She said “I’m just here
come together in solidarity and us have ever experienced. NTOO to learn. I won’t say anything.” "all of
safety with no judgement is healing has fortified me, and I will forever the side-eyes* “No ma’am, this isn’t
beyond words. To shed the weight be grateful to my sisters who hold a Carnival Cruise Lines observation
of marginalization, if only for a few space for me when I need it. To my deck. We ain’t playin’,” was clearly
precious hours, is everything. When sisters who lift me up in those dark communicated. She soon moved
we get together it is nothing but love, moments, we aren’t the only ones along. And we LIVED in that room.
joy, and a sense of belonging that I anymore. Wehealedinthat room.Weheld space
_ \y for each other. And we celebrated
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can only get from these women. It is I recently had the most life- and what we need. If that causes you
where I go to recharge my batteries altering experience in a conference some discomfort and you feel you are
as a woman of color, who battles on workshop about Black Girl Magic. It entitled to a piece of that, you’re part
_ a daily basis just to survive, literally. fed my soul. We were all connected of the reason that the space exists.
‘ What I am so fascinated by are the by melanin, pain, power, and pride You are navigating a world that gives
myriad of white identifying women and we desperately needed each you messages at every turn that one
‘ thirsting to be a part of it. The white other at that exact moment. We were or more of your majoritized identities
women who, when told the purpose destined to unite, in that space at that are the standard by which the rest of
of the group, immediately dig in their time. I realized that, the moment us are judged. We move through a
Vera Bradley purses and pull out a people who did not identify as Black world that gives us messages every
coin purse full of privilege. “Why is it or African-American were asked to second that we are Viewed as less than.
just for women of color?” or “Why do leave so we could come together in You’d be looking for your people too
you need that in the first place?” are community as Black every identity if it were you.
usually the nuggets of internalized on the LGBTQQIA spectrum. I was Follow me @ctshim71
racial superiority that come tumbling home and this was family I watched
out and land at our feet. But instead, the privilege wash over some white 0
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and allies, get together and share their love of music. Thus began
W Song in the Blue rass. Johnson said that he was originally
l , hinking about sflan all men’s chorus until someone
suggested a mixed—lgender‘chorus instead. To his knowledge, there i
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number of members fligituates, he said, but right now they have
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Music and singing have always been a big part of Johnson said that New Song had an extremely
his life, Johnson stated. In high school he was in the show busy performing schedule in 2015. He says that the
choir and was the student director of the choir. He went 2016 season hasn’t been firmed up but believes that they
to college as a vocal major, but later switched his major will again be in demand. The next concert will be their
to reflect his growing interest in mental health. He has traditional spring concert in May. We hope that they may
.been in Lexington since 1993, and now lives here with his join the lineup for 2016 PrideFest on June 25, although
husband, Dan, who he met in 1994. Previously, he lead plans have not been firmed up yet.
the all-men’s choir Another Note. He describes that for New Song has recently become part of the Pride

him and other members of New Song, performing is a lot Community Service Organization, and if you would like to

like a team sport. All of the different players must perform donate to them please contact the PCSO at 859—253—3233.

at their peak level to get the best results. When they do it The PCSO is a 501 C(3) non—profit organization. The group

right, they leave feeling more energized than when they says they would like to be able to purchase more sheet

began. music and outfits. Johnson said that his dream would be

Back in the Fall at The Growing Older Growing to someday have the money to rent the Singletary Center
Bolder conference, I for a concert.

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orientation, sexual identity, perceived or actual gender, inclusion of all intersecting identities. For example, those ‘3;
gender expression, marital status, age, veteran status, or with physical disabilities have the absolute right to enjoy as?
physical or mental disability. By signing my name as a the festival as much as anyone else, and we make every ,_ ,
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