A Queer Reconciliation: LGBT And Appalachian Identities As A Multiplicity Of Mutual Influence

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jade Louise Alexander (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/
Katherine Ledford

Abstract: LGBT Appalachians have struggled to reconcile their identities, often feeling tension and unwelcome in one space for their belonging in the other. Within the last decade, a reconciliation has begun to resolve this tension, with the recognition of both identities as part of a multiplicity of self, part of the network of experiences that make up the individual identity in whole. This reconciliation is taking place due to various techniques of placemaking being used to create in turn a community around the intersections. In LGBT Appalachian literature, a dialogue is taking place, both inter and intra community, that seeks to explore the intersections of these identities and their influence upon each other. Within music traditions, the banjo is emerging as a unique symbol and tool for solidarity and liberation between various groups that exist within the margins at the intersections of these two identities, due to the instrument’s unique position within the margins itself. Finally, the creation of intentional communities with the Appalachian region have provided a space to explore what a world outside dominant institutions could look like. These practices of placemaking represent a brighter future for LGBT Appalachian people and communities.

Additional Information

Alexander, J. (2021). A Queer Reconciliation: LGBT And Appalachian Identities As A Multiplicity Of Mutual Influence. Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2021
LGBT, queer, Appalachia, identity, placemaking

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