The 21st Show

Challenges and triumphs for LGBTQ+ communities in rural areas


Courtesy of Reginald Hardwick

It is Pride Month, the time of year when many of us reflect on the past, present and future of LGBTQ+ communities and people.

A 2019 report from the non-profit Movement Advancement Project and some other organizations estimated there are around 3 million LGBTQ+ people who live in rural areas across the country. LGBTQ+ people in those communities are finding ways to support and uplift one another.

Today, we're going to talk about some of the ways that's happening in Illinois.

Joining us today is Frankie DiCiaccio, the founder of the Queer-Oriented Rural Resources Network. We are also joined by Carrie Vine, the executive director of the Rainbow Cafe in Carbondale, and Tristen Karrick-Woods, the vice president of Logan County Pride.


Frankie DiCiaccio

Founder/Director, Queer-Oriented Rural Resources Network

Carrie Vine

Executive Director, Rainbow Cafe

Tristen Karrick-Woods

Vice President for Logan County Pride