Kentucky Equality Federation partners with StoryCorps to bring the voices of gay and lesbian people to Southern Kentucky

Somerset, KY – Kentucky Equality Federation’s Jordan Palmer has partnered with StoryCorps to highlight the lack of equality in Southern Kentucky.

Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.

Kentucky Equality Federation and StoryCorps will visit Whitesburg, KY from April 21st – May 14th.  Stories will also be heard that day on WMMT Radio, a local radio partner station.

Arrangements were made between StoryCorps and Kentucky Equality Federation President Jordan Palmer.

“Homosexuality in Southern Kentucky isn’t tolerated as well as in other parts of the Commonwealth,” stated Kentucky Equality Federation Chairman Richard T. Jones.

In 2009, a supporter of Kentucky Equality Federation and Marriage Equality Kentucky handmade signs and hung them around Harlan County. Shortly thereafter, the signs were tore down torn down on multiple occasions.

In addition, The Mountain Shopper, “The Leader for Buying, Selling and Trading; Community News, and Special Events” published an article: “The Fall of the University of Kentucky because of homosexuals.”

“We are very pleased StoryCorps is visiting Whitesburg and we are pleased to partner with them. The stories of discrimination and oppression of LGBTI people need to heard and it is wonderful to know they will be archived in the Library of Congress,” stated Kentucky Equality Federation Southern Kentucky Regional Director Anderson Ruth.

Kentucky Equality Federation will also be making a donation to StoryCorps to cover expenses. The exact amount of the donation has not been established. All Kentucky Equality Federation donations over $250.00 must be approved by the Board of Directors and signed by Treasurer Dean Byrd. Kentucky Equality Federation’s Board of Directors will deliberate the total of the donation next month.

For additional information, call (877) KEF-5775 – Ext. 1, or Ext. 5, or use our online contact form.

“I have seen firsthand the need to shine a light on the homophobia in Southeastern Kentucky. My hope is that this effort will help in some way to alleviate this problem for the entire Commonwealth,” stated Halyn Roth, Managing Director of Marriage Equality Kentucky, a group sponsored by Kentucky Equality Federation.

StoryCorps Restrictions: Members of the press are not allowed inside the booth once tape begins rolling. with the participant’s permission, you can observe, photograph, and/or film the participants getting ready in the booth and doing sound check beforehand. You will also be able to observe and shoot from outside the window during the interview (when available). Print reporters may listen to the interview on headphones from the waiting area (when available) and ask questions before or after the interview, as arranged.