gay http://wfpl.org en Growing Up Gay in Appalachia: Whit Forrester, Defining Fairness http://wfpl.org/post/growing-gay-appalachia-whit-forrester-defining-fairness <p>The thought of growing up gay in rural Eastern Kentucky would make many Louisvillians cringe. But how much of that reaction is rooted in stereotypes we hold about rural Kentucky? Whit Forrester spent some of his childhood in Leburn, Kentucky&mdash;a town in Knott County, with a population of around eight hundred people. Whit says when people hear he&#39;s from Appalachia, they think, &quot;barefoot, pregnant, in a trailer, and you know how to change a propane tank.&quot;<br /> Wed, 30 May 2012 10:30:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 465 at http://wfpl.org Growing Up Gay in Appalachia: Whit Forrester, Defining Fairness Bringing Faith to the LGBTQ Community: Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard, Defining Fairness http://wfpl.org/post/bringing-faith-lgbtq-community-maurice-bojangles-blanchard-defining-fairness <p>Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard was born in Promised Land, South Carolina, the son of a Southern Baptist Minister, and says, "I grew up in church as much as I was in home." He was given his nickname at the age of three, when his grandfather noticed his ability to replicate any dance move he saw.</p><p>When he came out as a gay man, he experienced rejection from the church. "I was angry at God," he says. After struggling to reconcile his faith with his sexual orientation, he says he came to the conclusion that, "I was created like this, so I can't believe in a God who would create me bound to hell, as they're telling me I am."&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 14 May 2012 10:30:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 187 at http://wfpl.org Bringing Faith to the LGBTQ Community: Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard, Defining Fairness