• Jackson C Garton

Appalachia comin' atcha!

Updated: Mar 1, 2019

This past weekend I contacted Kentucky Geek Girl, a local blogger and social activist located in Central Kentucky, to discuss the importance of media representation.

It all started when one of us tagged the other in a Facebook post about The Oscars, and this subsequently led to us sharing posts about our mutual joy and pleasure over Lady Gaga's win.

Afterwards, I contacted her about LGBTQ+ media coverage, because this issue is near and dear to my heart for a number of reasons.

A few years ago I began work on a manuscript about a biracial Haitian American girl from Appalachia who faces several challenges throughout the story. Falling in love with someone who forces her to question her sexuality and identity is merely one of those challenges. Bisexuals often face discrimination and erasure in the media, politics, in the LGBT+ community, etc. This discrimination largely inspired me to write this complicated romance between two of my favorite outcasts.

Natasha and I haven't set a time or date yet for our meeting, but when we do, I'll post a link to the discussion.

In the meantime, feel free to check out this Business Insider article, written by Ciara Appelbaum.

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