Well, gang, I can’t begin to tell you how lovely this place is. The vistas are amazing and even more so, the people are some of the most warm and caring I’ve encountered.
So, back to the storyline . . .
Yesterday, there was a PDA in the Park (PDA = Public Display of Affection). NC’s Flip Benham was on hand, complete with his anti-LGBT rhetoric and cohorts in toe. He was really surprised that Q-Notes was there and that we knew about the action. He asked how I knew, and I told him, “”I’m a reporter! What do you think?”
Since Friday, the Jericho Riders have been driving up and down the street with a vehicle that has a sign on it that shows two gay men kissing with a “don’t sign” overlay on it. The folks here are not impressed! You’ll be able to see more of this when you read the story I write when I get back.
One thing to understand is that with a town that is 2,300, and the population is far more dense for LGBTs than in most cities, there are no gay bars! Everyone is just fine with gays and straights being together, except in a few token redneck establishments.
I am at a new friends house (who happens to be one of the Diversity Weekend promoters) now and we had a great slumber party last night. The view out the back of the house overlooks the King’s River. It is breathtaking. We’re eating breakfast (I know, it’s 3:30 pm.) Going back to the regular lodging and will be heading back to the Queen City tomorrow.
So, from the Ozarks, I bid you a fond farewell. Keep tuned to more from me in Q-Notes and online here.
Happy trails, go gaily forward, and most of all, keep the faith that there will be true harmony between all peoples in the US.
PS: I am totally saddle soar from the Diversity Bikers ride with Joney Harper and her growing posse. Joney lives here and was strongly connected to NC when she lived there awhile back. We took a fun, two-hour tour (not to be confused with Gilligan) around the area. Wow! Am I a biker chick now?
This is Lainey Millen, special features writer for Q-Notes. I am hitting the dusty trail on Thursday to cover Diversity Weekend in Eureka Springs, AR. I’ll be there until Sunday. I’ll be speaking to the mayor and other dignitaries, as well as getting a good look at a town that has a domestic partnership registry. I’ll update you on my adventures while I am away. Upon returning, I’ll be compiling a travelogue/feature on someplace over the rainbow, west of the Mississippi, for Q-Notes. Keep checking back for my blogs while I am way and the full story in print and online at www.q-notes.com. Continue reading this post…