StoryCorps recording rural gays and lesbians

Gay civil rights activist Jordan Palmer with the Kentucky Equality Federation brings StoryCorps to Kentucky to be archived in the Library of Congress.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – The oral-history recording project StoryCorps is planning to spend two months in Whitesburg and Lexington recording pieces including one about struggling to find acceptance in rural, culturally conservative places.

The non-profit’s reports will include a report about Hindman resident Shannon Ratliff, who told The Lexington Herald-Leader that the focus will be on her struggles with being gay in central and eastern Kentucky.

StoryCorps is partnering in part with the Kentucky Equality Federation.

Gay civil rights activist Jordan Palmer, who is the president of the state’s equality federation [Kentucky Equality Federation] said the goal of the project is getting people to talk and open up.

StoryCorps interviews are broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition, and the discussions are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Palmer stated that he had attempted suicide more than once when he was in grammar and high school and hoped it would help youth and adults accept LGBTI people. Palmer also stated his father was a preacher who never accepted him, a person he has not seen in over a decade.

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