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During this e-book gays and lesbians from the Deep South to East Texas and Appalachia converse from vibrant own adventure and switch an analytical eye at the South and its tradition. a few participants learn the facility of conventional Southern attitudes towards race and faith, and look at the "don't ask, don't tell" perspective approximately homosexuality in a few groups (the "public secret"). different individuals express how homosexual tradition is flourishing within the type of women's gala's, homosexual bars, and weird networks like that of Asian and Pacific Islanders in Atlanta.

Out within the South is prepared into sections that concentrate on a crucial metaphor of area and placement. This grounds the e-book within the feel of the South as a distinct sector and within the inside/outside hassle confronted by means of many homosexual and lesbian Southerners as they negotiate their position in an often-inhospitable native land.

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To live in Clay City, I wouldn't want to do that ... " One interviewee sees himself as both mountain insider and outsider, a perspective from which he can examine the tension between the two. When Donald was eight, he and his mother moved back to her family's Eastern Kentucky community after years of living in Ohio. He described both his parents as coming from old mountain families. Theorizing about the relationship between being gay or lesbian and what constitutes social status in the mountains, he said, "If someone comes in from the outside-straight or gay-it doesn't make any difference.

There's not as much money. And you don't feel like you're underdressed everywhere you go. Janet. Do you do that because it's a class thing, or because it's a color thing? Ami. Well I think it's both. It's a combination of feeling like I want to go somewhere where I can see people who seem real to me, and when I say real, I mean people who Copyrighted Material CLAIMING SPACE IN THE SOUTH 35 aren't so concerned about the money stuff, who aren't going out just to be seen, that kind of thing. Janet.

It was from the black people who lived there. It was very difficult trying to deal with that, and also being queer but not really knowing it, but having it expressed in things I do. People always assumed that I was queer or different or something, and I was always made fun of because of that also. And that added on to make me even more stigmatized. It kind of brought up some kind of resentment for being in the South, and growing up here, but really I learned to look at it in a different way, you know.

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