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.”

Posted March 4, 2008 at 3:30pm ETC by Andy Towle
in News, north carolina