Ah, wishful thinking is such a privilege. Even in the year of our lord, , the US is still a sea of red trigger warning: the presidential electoral map is bleak. Back in those naive, hopeful days of , the Republican candidate for president won 30 states, making them, for the next four years, "red states. Of those 31 states, Trump won That's the discouraging news, if you're living in any of those states, or if you care about equal rights. The better news is, states are hardly monoliths.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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Amidst national controversy over laws that outlaw or encourage discrimination, one southern town is seen by all sides as a haven for tolerance of LGBT people. The outskirts offer no hint that this is one of the most gay-friendly small towns in America. Where will you spend eternity? The national headquarters of a Ku Klux Klan group is 50 miles away. But Eureka Springs, a pretty Victorian spa town of 2, nestled in the Ozark mountains, has for decades promoted an atmosphere of tolerance and inclusiveness that has made it a haven for the LGBT community. When Arkansas politicians introduced an act banning local anti-discrimination laws, tiny Eureka defied the state legislature and took a stand against bigotry by passing a civil rights ordinance that saw long-simmering tensions in the town froth up and spill over.
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Eureka Springs, Arkansas, was founded in the Victorian era as a spa town and named for its healing waters. Today, the town of is a destination for over 1. Many know Eureka Springs for Christ of the Ozarks, a seven-story-tall white statue of Jesus that peers down over the Ozark mountains. The Eureka Live Underground, the gay-friendly bar owned by the film subjects Walter Burrell and Lee Keating, hosts regular drag queen performances.
Wilks counted down again, and queer and trans people embraced their partners, now with the gusto he demanded. About 2. Public imagination renders LGBTQ people as city dwellers, and the dominant narrative says anyone queer or trans living in rural America yearns for escape. There is some truth in that, and for good reason — a recent survey found that Arkansas residents were the least supportive of measures to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, compared to residents of other states. Forty miles southwest of Eureka Springs, Fayetteville is on a similar mission, trying to appeal to LGBTQ people in Arkansas and neighboring states, for whom going on vacation to a major city is cost prohibitive — or not at all desirable.