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Notes from Rural North Carolina: Queers Ain't Welcome


Queers ain't welcome in Cleveland County, North Carolina, according to a roadside sign.

Flickr user obryanplumbing posted this photo with the following caption: "I noticed this sign along the side of the road while driving toward my parent’s house in the Golden Valley area of Cleveland County, NC. Recent activity at a nearby campground has caused controversy amongst the locals regarding an apparant colony of gays, lesbians and transsexuals under the name of camp lickalotta."

The Gaston Gazette recently reported: "The founders of a camp geared toward gay, lesbian and transgender nature lovers have received threats, but won’t back down from their dream. Joanie Beasley, who along with Nancy Leedy developed the idea for the camp, said the couple had received threats since a news article was published Tuesday. She was not specific on the threats, but said, 'We will proceed and take the proper precautions. We are not going anywhere now.' Some residents found the name of the camp disagreeable, but Beasley said the name — Camp Lickalotta — would not change. Leedy said the name was chosen for three reasons. She said the goal of the camp was to: Lickalotta prejudice. Lickalotta pollutants. Lickalotta pessimism."

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  1. That's really the name they went with?

    Posted by: Ben | Mar 4, 2008 3:57:25 PM

  2. A straight person definitely made the sign. It lacks imagination and color. But the black does make it look slimmer!

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 4, 2008 3:59:01 PM

  3. And also signs of intelligent life not welcome too.

    Posted by: davefromtampa | Mar 4, 2008 4:02:11 PM

  4. ain't ...............ain't a word

    You know it is bad when I am correcting somebody's grammer. Probably one of the signs of the apocolypse.

    Anyway; Is it just me or is the sign not hanging straight?

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Mar 4, 2008 4:06:04 PM

  5. I appreciate the exclamation point. You can almost feel the excitement in their bigotry!

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 4, 2008 4:08:09 PM

  6. Well I don't subscribe to the lickalotta part, go girls!

    Posted by: Sean | Mar 4, 2008 4:13:56 PM

  7. Oh Marc, I have to disagree...

    1. The thoughtful public service message is spelled in high-quality masking tape (or is it packing tape?) in 'BT Bold Redneck' font, ranging from 40 to 236pt type, at angles between 4 and 42 degrees – a very bold choice of style!

    2. The impressive attention to grammatical detail is astonishing. Notice the carefully taped apostrophe in the word "ain't" (most poor fools leave it out these days).

    3. And everyone knows that yellow text (or near yellow, in this case) on black is the most readable display.

    I say, 'Kudos to the bigots!' Well done!

    Posted by: Jon | Mar 4, 2008 4:19:08 PM

  8. Apparently, the camp has more troubles. The campground was on private property rented from another campground. That campground is kicking them out now because of the "bad publicity" and boycotts.

    Posted by: Ed | Mar 4, 2008 4:27:19 PM

  9. Jimmyboya: You spelled grammar wrong.

    Posted by: Matt | Mar 4, 2008 4:41:21 PM

  10. i'm sorry. what's going on? i was completely distracted by the arts and crafts sign that was horribly made.

    ...and that's why queers ain't welcome.

    Posted by: ian | Mar 4, 2008 4:42:03 PM

  11. i'm sorry. what's going on? i was completely distracted by the arts and crafts sign that was horribly made.

    ...and that's why queers ain't welcome.

    Posted by: ian | Mar 4, 2008 4:42:50 PM

  12. Lickalotta? Seriously? What the heck is that? Here we are, trying to gain civil rights, and this person's response to our plight is to create a camp with a sexually suggestive name? And don't bother telling me that it won't be thought of as that, because it will - particularly by bigots. It's hard to make the case that we are more than just the sex we may or may not have when our own people go out of their way to do crap like this.

    Posted by: taodon | Mar 4, 2008 4:48:38 PM

  13. Well said Taodon. One might as well of named it Camp Buttf*ck. I'm thinking the rubes who were meticulous enough to use an apostrophe in "Ain't" are more aware.

    Posted by: Joe | Mar 4, 2008 4:54:13 PM

  14. I lived in rural Vermont when Civil Unions was a hot button issue and every other redneck had signs that said "Real Vermonters Spread Shit They Don't Pack It" or "Take Back Vermont." I feel for the queers of NC. Seeing that kind of public homophobia is enough to make someone move to a large Norther City... hmmm.

    Posted by: lick a lotta ass | Mar 4, 2008 4:58:25 PM

  15. What do you call a lesbian dinosaur?

    A Lickalottapuss...

    This is an old joke and it's a bad name for a gay campground.

    Posted by: Derek | Mar 4, 2008 4:59:50 PM

  16. The whole point of inclusion and acceptance is that if those lesbians want to call their campground "The Hot Pink Vagina" they have the right to do so without being harassed and attacked by the outside community. I'm sure there are some straight strip clubs in that area that have some suggestive names.

    I hate when gay people attack other gay people for doing something fun and sexily tongue-in-cheek. Straight people do it all the time so get over it and let the lesbians lickalotta if they want to!

    Oh, and trust me, no queers WANT to go there, where ever the hell that is...

    Posted by: junior | Mar 4, 2008 5:09:26 PM

  17. i co-sign with junior.

    Posted by: michael | Mar 4, 2008 5:21:25 PM

  18. Great joke, Derek! What a stupid name for a camp. Now that they're being kicked out have they learned their lesson??

    That sign took a lot of effort, sort of like when they screw in lightbulbs there. I'm thinking, though, that it might be fake.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 4, 2008 5:29:15 PM

  19. Well, it's a terrible name unless you're a giggly college student. But it's pure insanity to lash out at the camping queers for making it harder for the rest of us. They're not the ones making it harder here, nor is whether or not being gay is about sex relevant to us having civil rights.

    Posted by: oakling | Mar 4, 2008 5:32:32 PM

  20. lickalotta is a great name for a candy bar or maybe ice cream...

    Posted by: queen | Mar 4, 2008 5:52:36 PM

  21. What is with G/L "activists" that every organization must have "gay", "pink", "triangle", "lambda" or some not-very-clever sexual double-entendre in it's name? I used to belong to a nation-wide club for G/L car enthiusists but I dropped-out; everything had to had a hypersexualized-label. And most events and club chapters had "drag-names" that you couldn't even mention in "polite society" without embaressment, giggles or needing to apoligise....and that just plays into hands of the "haters". They couldn't even print a fund-raising wall-calendar of members cars without resorting to cheap beefcake and pussy drapped over the cars and cheesy sexual double-entendres and drag-references. Is there any "real" reason why the annual membership directory of a "car club" needs to mix images of bare-chested, suggestively-posed cute guys amongst pictures of old cars as-if advertising stripper-night at the local gay bar?

    At what point does awareness, activism and social-conscienceness descend into parody and self-loathing and hyper-sexualization? ...Or the "dirty" punch-line for 11-year-old boys' naughty jokes?

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Mar 4, 2008 6:02:29 PM

  22. Sometimes I'm just embarrassed by people in our community. I applaud these people for having the guts to start a camp in a rural part of North Carolina; however, I think it was just plain dumb to even think that naming the camp Lickalotta wouldn't raise the ire of local homo haters. Sometimes you just have to think: Hmm, I want this camp to succeed, I don't want to be harassed or to put campers in danger...Maybe we should change the name....Sometimes bigger battles are won by not playing into stereotypes. Think, people. Think.

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 4, 2008 6:48:55 PM

  23. re some of the comments here, i never thought i'd see the day when queers are ashamed of a little camp humor, and yes i mean that in both senses of the word... queers monitoring themselves for acceptance by a straight society that will never accept them, what a joke! ... take some advice from a an old queen and just be yourself and to hell with the rest of the world... if you can't be yourself then why did you come out of the closet?

    Posted by: the queen | Mar 4, 2008 6:56:07 PM

  24. So it starts with these bigots FORCING them to change the name of their camp, and it ends where? Lickalotta has every right to name their camp whatever the damn well they want to and the opinion of BIGOTS should not matter. They've explained that it stands for:

    "Lickalotta prejudice. Lickalotta pollutants. Lickalotta pessimism."

    Posted by: Leonard | Mar 4, 2008 7:16:32 PM

  25. Wow, I'm amazed at the amount of self-hating self-censorship displayed here for all to see.

    If them faggots didn't kiss other men, it'll be easier to tolerate them..

    If them faggots didn't want to marry each other, we won't have to beat them..

    Apparently being campy is asking for it - just like being gay is asking to be bashed. Congrats folks, you've successfully capitulated to the bigots by selling out the most vulnerable and outspoken of our population.

    Posted by: beergoggles | Mar 4, 2008 8:01:35 PM

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