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from the truth. Now I know that some have time tonight to cook and on top made the choice to wait until the last ‘
. people reading this might be going of all that,Ihave to go in to work early minute to write this article, I won’t
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time reading. I do realize that some my Kenmore washing machine is maintain a good outlook on life.
months are better than others. It washing my clothes for me. I’m so Hope I’m not being too preachy... but ‘
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the first paragraph... just moan and age. Then when they are finished with ya’ll.
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‘ ; seems like hardly any time has passed and see this community grow and worked so hard raising money
since I stepped up as Empress 34 of come together in times of need and this year. Saturday we can enjoy
‘ the Imperial Court of Kentucky but, it is simply astounding. I encourage performances from members of the l
‘ alas, my year reign is approaching its every one of you to continue Imperial Court from all over with
culmination as we prepare for “The supporting one another and to work our Out-of—Town Show at the Hilton ‘
Imperial Court of Kentucky Presents: tirelessly to make our community Downtown. Sunday is the big day:
: The Bourbon Ball, Coronation 35,” into the place we know we want it to “The Imperial Court of Kentucky
on June 12. We will be joined by be and know that it can be. A huge Presents: The Bourbon Ball,
many amazing individuals from all thank you to the five main charities of Coronation 35,” at the Hilton with
‘ over the United States, Canada, and the Imperial Court of Kentucky: The Monday to finish off with the victory
Mexico to bear witness to the end of PCSO, AVOL, IustFundKY, Moveable brunch.
‘ reign 34 and the beginning of reign Feast, and Lexington Fairness. It has
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fundraising endeavors with the out at events to support us. 11 S for “The I m e ri a1 Court
Imperial Court of Kentucky and will I sit here and write and with P
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excited to see what these two will do! realize words cannot truly do justice. The Bourbon Ball,
. I would like to take just a This experience has been nothing Coronation 35” you i
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! but they got no place to go... all I got is your ghost...Another day, another lonely night.”
Another Lonely Night by Adam Lambert
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‘ is, of course, Pride Month, where our feeling of being alone even though day where you can enjoy a diverse
3 local LGBTQ+ community celebrates there is a crowd. and eclectic group of accepting
at Lexington’s Pride Festival. Even Many of my friends in the people in a wonderful atmosphere.
‘ though this is a happy occasion where LGBTQ+ community tell me that Even if it is just for a brief time, like I
we celebrate our individualities, our they are lonely. I have friends who did 3 years ago, just come down and
common bonds, and our differences, seem frustrated at the prospects walk around.
Iwant to address a sad but common of ever finding a partner. Websites Finding ways to help and
topic: loneliness. dedicated to different segments of serve others can also help with those
1 Although a simple definition our community seem to be of no help feelings of being alone. Personally, I 1
l of loneliness is, “sadness because when it comes to loneliness. I believe put my life on display in LinQ every
; one has no friends or company,” it is many more suffer in silence. month in order to help others cope
much more complex. Loneliness is a But asIreflect on the meaning with being transgender. If you are
feeling of isolation. Certainly some of Pride Month, it strikes me in looking for volunteer opportunities, I
may see the world as not very inviting celebrating our community, we can support groups, or other ways to get '
or open. A lack of a companion adds work together to defeat our isolation. involved in the local community,
to this feeling; trust me, I know. In fact, loneliness is something that you can probably find it at the Pride
Life is tough enough without has to be worked on consciously. You Festival.
being lonely. When you suifer have to make yourself available to Even though we all may
, from depression, as I do, loneliness others. You cannot shut yourself off experience loneliness from time to
can cause you to have feelings of and expect others to find you. You time, the Pride Festival is a chance
__ ' worthlessness. Grief also can make have to go where people are and try to overcome isolation and to find a
loneliness more painful, acute. new things. You must be willing to community.
, Maybe there are people who can make yourself vulnerable and that is Remember, you may suffer
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shut themselves off from the world very difficult for a lot of people. from loneliness but you dont have to
\ and don’t need other people but that When I came to my first Pride do it alone. . i
it. has certainly never been me. It has Festival in 2013, I came out as my 0
' always been important for me to care true-self for one of the very first times
for someone and for someone to care in Lexington. In just a pair of jeans You may write me at
a. about me. However, loneliness can and a T-shirt I walked around the tmeadows828@gmail.com or follow
a exist even when other people are Pride Festival and observed people’s me on Twitter @trishgigi. Now
" around. Even though I know that my genuine happiness at just being able Tuesday’s gone with the wind.
family and friends care for me, and I to be themselves. I saw people just
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I the last Saturday in June, “Today is Pride has evolved. It gets bigger every 2016, but I’m fairly certain the same I.
II the gayest day of the year for you!” year and attracts more and more or similar formula will be followed. I-
I Pride is my own personal holiday! attention. Great for us, right? Great Fairness Awards on Friday night, I!
I On a beautiful summer Saturday for Lexington, right? But every year, which by the way has become cost I.
I in 2008, everything in Lexington I get this gnawing question about prohibitive forALOT of people, and l-
: changed! At least it did for me. That whose Pride is this in the first place? the Pride Festival all day on Saturday. I:
I was the year of Lexington’s very first Who is the most visible? Who is That’s the formula. But imagine |-
Pride Festival. And it was absolutely absent? Who was left behind? What what it would be like if there was a I:
glorious! Finally, here we were as a is Pride all about, really? Is it about week—long calendar of events that l-
community in all of our fabulous, the visibility of white, cisgender, gay spoke to the LGBTQQIA spectrum I-
, fierce, and glittery goodness! I men with access to money? I’m a of identities, including intersecting I.
: remember the overwhelming sense queer woman of color and I can tell identities? How powerful could it I:
I of happiness, joy, and PRIDE! I you that lesbians aren’t all thatvisible, be to have a time for people who [W
I remember watching the crowds let alone lesbians of color. Is it about identify as allies (y’all already know
3 filled with all kinds of people and the 13—year-old, struggling to make how I feel about that word) to come
. identities I’d never seen displayed so sense of their own identity, who together? The spectrum of identities
I proudly before. I swear I got a little longs for someone to identify with? within our community is one of the
I extra gay during that very first Pride. Is it about the Trans women of color most beautiful things about us. It is
I Pride is where we come to heal, to who need our love, our voices, our absolutely possible to celebrate us as
1 celebrate, to love, and LIVE! I can’t protection, and our advocacy? What a whole while we acknowledge and
I imagine Lexington going back to about bisexual identities, where are celebrate the individuality within our
2 the dark ages where the only thing they at Pride? Asexual? Pansexual? community. We aren’t one thing, WE
I resembling Pride was a party on a Is it for genderqueer, non—binary, ARE ALL THE THINGS.
I farm somewhere. and gender fluid people? Is this really So let’s kick it like we always
I I M everyone’s Pride? do the last Saturday in June! Once
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eat and breathe and dream food. only to have people neglect their registered Democrats found it to be a
I’m surrounded by it and even write civic duty and complain about the privilege and a duty and turned up to
about it. In this article, I’m going outcomes. the polls. Those 17% can complain.

I out on a limb and doing something An opinion is a judgment The other 83% cannot, and that’s my
different. based on facts. You must always let opinion.

‘ Opinions. Some folks a person know what your evidence Another kind of assertion
tend to confuse opinion with fact. is and how it led you to arrive at that has no place is prejudice, a half-
Opinions are the basis of judgment your opinion. For instance, health baked opinion based on insufficient
or discrimination. When forming care should be a basic human right. or unexamined evidence. Unlike a
personal convictions, folks often Should. It isn’t. It’s my opinion that belief, a prejudice is testable: it can be
interpret factual evidence through if more people got out and voted, contested and disproved on the basis
the filter of their values, feelings, health care could become available of facts. We often form prejudices or
tastes, and past experiences. We are for everyone. Social reform starts accept them from others such as our
in the middle of an election year for with voting for what appeals to family or our peers... or especially
aPOTUS that is filled with social and your opinions. There are record media... without questioning their
political hot topics. It seems to me, numbers of people with healthcare meaning or testing their truth.
there’s a lot of confusion between accessibility. It’s my opinion that this At best, prejudices are careless

what is fact, opinion, belief, or is a good thing. It’s a fact that oversimplifications. At worst, they

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data includes dates, timelines, Statements such as, “Gender neutral world. Most of all, they are not likely .
scientific evidence, and such. Facts bathrooms are harmless and should to win the confidence or agreement

by themselves are worthless unless be made available,” are often called of someone whose opinion you

we put them in context, draw “opinions” because they express might want to sway. We can vote in .

. conclusions, and give them meaning. viewpoints, but they are in fact prejudice. We can vote in hatred. We I

It is a fact that many people died a belief. You can’t easily argue a can vote in contempt and misogyny

for the right to vote. Women and person’s beliefs. A belief touches on and violence and corruption. We can

minorities were beaten and killed an individual’s values or faith. These also vote those things out, if we vote...

V just to make voting available to are the most heated debates because Make it happen in November, or you , '
us all. It is a fact that only 17% of they are ingrained inaperson’s moral really have no right to complain. l
registered voters turned out for the compass. It can at once inspireasense To tie this into food, since -
Democratic primary elections. That’s of freedom and fairness for some I’m a chef... Well, perhaps I need a
a horribly low number considering and fear and distrust in others. Once local coffee with tons of local cream
what our ancestors went through to again, voting in alliance with your and a fresh local donut or three or
allow us this basic right. To put this opinions and beliefs are the only way something... the election year makes
into context and give it meaning... to make headway. We all have that me become a stress eater.
imagine dying for the right to vote, basic right to vote, yet only 17% of $

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3 It’s the last summer before going captivated by missing nine—year old wants to buy weed from Alex, just
‘ off to college for Dade Hamilton, Jenny Moore, and Pablo’s girlfriend, to see him again. Alex takes Dade i"
y a gay teen living in rural Iowa. The Judy, threatens to have Dade beat up to his friend’s house on a farm in
; summer that the things that defined if he even looks at Pablo. But then the outskirts of Cedarville where l
l his life: a physical relationship with as if by fate, Dade runs into Alex they get high, watch bad werewolf
; his classmate Pablo, his parent’s Kincaid, a young man in a sleeveless movies, and walk through a cornfield
1 marriage, even his idea of home—all h f? oodie who changes the yelling into the night. The chemistry
3 changed. This is the setup for Nick » entire course between Alex and Dade is deep and
: Burd’s debut novel, The Vast Fields of , ' 7 . ‘ ‘ meaningful and is the foundation for
l} Ordinary, published in 2009. ,_ , i“ their relationship throughout
1 Burd’s novel opens with «$5: ' 7:3,; .» the rest of the novel.
Dade writing his and Pablo’s initials 9-? , 3 (Cf ,; ' Burd skillfully
3 in a giant heart in a bathroom stall 1’ . ‘1 ii? M .1 . captures their buddlng
‘ while at Prom. It’s a sentiment we '5' g, ,1»: _ ‘ . Mi'fi- ’ ,1, 7/ romance in rich
quickly discover he can’t express . ~ ~ . i “w" «/ metaphor and language,
publicly as Pablo is at Prom with g " , ' ‘ 1“.“ " and he continues
his girlfriend, and Dade is one "A", . ' 5,, ’ introducing interesting
of the “dateless losers” on the ., ‘i. \ fl ‘3, characters like seventeen
bleachers staring longingly ,' [IL/E ‘ if“? ,. year—old Lucy, who is staying
at his crush, who won’t even . . V45] l: with her aunt and uncle in
acknowledge him. Things 7% ._ . ‘. [[[05 0 ,~ , Cedarville for the summer,
1 are further complicated by {JH’ ; F ’/;/?/;,/,vf;}w and who quickly becomes
‘ the fact that Dade isn’t like t g i i f . , PM?” /’ [7,1,7 (l Dade’s confidant and the first
his classmates. He Shops “gas A person he comes out to.
at thrift stores, listens ’0’.“ ‘ M “WI-m,“ The novel builds to a fantastic
to indie rock music, wamfi and heart-wrenching ending
and longs to leave the 0‘ w that, while sad in some respects,
l “suburban wasteland” -‘ “,3“ ‘"$* is incredibly hopeful and thought-
of Cedarville. He can KW“ 7‘ .. Q provoking. When I set this book
only hang with the 5%” .. ‘ @¢ 7 down for the first time it lingered in l
popular kids when WT, 1: _ .i -‘ ,, my mind for days. I couldn’t help but i
Pablo is around. “iggk 3 “3,43: " walk around thinking of Alex and
He’s otherwise an ”€31 ”ETRD Dade’s story. This is the kind of book
outcast, and a closeted o