CLEANING CLOSETS:  KENTUCKY

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PFLAG Central Kentucky is seeking funding for a touring exhibit of coming out stories and portraits in collaboration with artist Jonathan Mayo. Jonathan was raised in Shelbyville, Kentucky, where he felt it necessary to stay in the closet throughout his entire upbringing and he now feels compelled to share his story along with other native Kentuckians’ stories in hopes of creating tolerance for the LGBTQ community. Jonathan Mayo’s project Cleaning Closets is an original oral history project that collects and shares true coming out stories from both sides of the closet door. This includes the perspectives of the LGBTQ individuals as well as that of the friends and family members to whom they come out.

Inspired by the ten cities that have passed Fairness Ordinances to protect their LGBTQ community members, the goal of this project is to tour a different city each month in 2020 in hopes of compelling them to pass similar legislation. Jonathan is dedicated to collecting stories from a diverse range of people thus teaching audiences about the intersectionality of the LGBTQ people across the Bluegrass State. Hopefully, by showing LGBTQ people in their environment, it will combat homophobia, transphobia, and other discrimination targeted at the LGBTQ population across Kentucky.

Find out more about the history of the project and how you can share your story at www.CleaningClosets.org.