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Pride in the Mountain State

Ted Brightwell performing at Gay Pride Celebration, Charleston, WV June 2019
Chris Gosses
Ted Brightwell performing at Gay Pride Celebration, Charleston, WV June 2019

It’s Gay Pride month across the country and a celebration of increasing tolerance and rights for the LGBTQ community. Attitudes have changed in many places, including the Mountain State - where more than 50 percent of residents believe the Bible is the word of God.

Trey produced an episode of Us & Them we called “Revisiting the Grand Palace,” talking with well known Charleston drag queen Ted Brightwell about the legendary Charleston gay bar from the 1970s. But when Mark Yozie heard that story, he was so incensed he wrote Trey an email saying, “shame on you.”  

In this episode, Mark and Trey meet to talk things out. And, we’ll hear a tribute to a West Virginia gay man who served time in a mental institution for violating sodomy laws.

You can listen to Us & Them on WVPB Radio. Tune in on the fourth Thursday of every month at 8 PM, with an encore presentation on the fourth Saturday at 3 PM.


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