The Forward Roll

Our Bluegrass Community

Our Bluegrass Community

Growing up in rural Kentucky, I learned early on how important community is. It's a support system, an identity, a refuge, and the glue of which that holds it together may be geographical centered, a common interest, a shared belief, or a mutual cause. Within these communities you can learn, grow, expand, and while helping others do the same.

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My Gay Banjo: Making Noise and Looking Pretty

My Gay Banjo: Making Noise and Looking Pretty

West Philadephia-based queer country duo My Gay Banjo has been making waves in the country music scene for three albums now.

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Trixie Mattel: Getting Lucky in the Bluegrass of Kentucky

Trixie Mattel: Getting Lucky in the Bluegrass of Kentucky

I've got parts of me in Milwaukee
And I've got pieces in Minne, in St. Paul
And I knew that I got lucky in the bluegrass of Kentucky
But bluegrass, you don't love me after all
No, no, bluegrass, you don't love me after all -- Trixie Mattel, "Bluegrass"

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The Gay Ole Opry: Country Music for All Cowpeople

The Gay Ole Opry: Country Music for All Cowpeople

By creating their own space to celebrate themselves and the music they loved, they knew they could influence that culture and create new communities from people that had previously felt excluded.

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TBT: Lavender Country

TBT: Lavender Country

Wakin' up to say hip hip hooray I'm glad I'm gay
Can't repress my happiness ever since I tried your way
Gonna lay right here and greet the sun
'Cause gay time lovin's just begun
So come on, let's tumble in the hay -- Lavender Country, "Come Out Singing"

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