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Department of Agriculture Launches Nationwide Campaign to Address Needs of Rural LGBT People

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, is launching Rural Pride – a campaign to elevate and address the needs of LGBT people living in rural communities across the country.

UsdaVia press release:

The goal of the campaign is to challenge the stereotype that LGBT people live only in metropolitan areas by elevating the voices and stories of LGBT people living in rural America. The campaign will also raise awareness of the particular issues faced by LGBT rural communities including increased rates of economic insecurity, lack of family protections, lack of nondiscrimination protections, and the heightened challenges facing rural LGBT youth and rural LGBT people of color.

The centerpiece of the campaign is a series of day-long summits hosted by USDA, NCLR, and local partners based in rural communities across the country. These summits will focus on the unique needs of the rural LGBT community, highlight the efforts the Obama administration has undertaken to protect this community, and identify next steps to ensure all rural communities have access to the resources they need to thrive.

Maya rupertSpeaking to Buzzfeed, NCLR Policy Director Maya Rupert added:

“What we want to do is dismantle some of these myths that the LGBT community doesn’t live in rural areas, that they are wealthy, and then also talk about the policies that would impact these peoples’ lives,” Rupert said. “As we experience an unprecedented number of LGBT equality victories across the country, many people living in rural communities have not seen the full impact of these victories simply because of where they live. We wanted to give people the opportunity to talk to the USDA officials and advocates and say, ‘These are the things we need.’”

The kick-off summit will take place on June 6th in Greensboro, North Carolina and will be co-hosted by USDA, NCLR, and the LGBTQ Law Center at North Carolina A&T State University. The keynote address and luncheon will be sponsored by the True Colors Fund.

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  1. This sounds great - and very important! Especially for young LGBT people growing up in rural communities (and also the elderly)

    Posted by: reality | May 8, 2014 2:27:32 PM


  2. The USDA is promoting gay issues in rural communities??? Do they realize that gay people are neither crops nor livestock?

    I think the USDA should stick to it's core responsibility which is subsidizing the production of High Fructose Corn Syrup.

    Posted by: MikeBoston | May 8, 2014 4:53:55 PM


  3. @ "The USDA is promoting gay issues in rural communities??? Do they realize that gay people are neither crops nor livestock?

    I think the USDA should stick to it's core responsibility which is subsidizing the production of High Fructose Corn Syrup."

    You know,MikeBoston, I've been criticized for saying things on the blogs that don't make any sense. I think you may have just beat me in that category with your above statement.

    Now, do you want to re-phrase or edit your above comment so that someone in the United States may understand what the fvck you are trying to say?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 8, 2014 5:16:30 PM


  4. I'm gay...in a rural community...and consider myself livestock in a broad sense of the word.
    Don't go bonkers on me Derrick...it's a joke!

    Posted by: Paul B. | May 8, 2014 6:36:25 PM


  5. MikeBoston clearly has no idea what the USDA does. He also must have never used a search engine before. It took me less than 45 seconds to discover that the first part of their mission statement says:

    "To expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive".

    Posted by: alex | May 8, 2014 11:34:13 PM


  6. With the mess our economy is in and the problems small farmers are facing I'd rather see the USDA concentrate on helping them, gay straight or other. the purpose of the USDA is to help rural America. If gay Americans in rural America are not being treated equally then that is a job for DOJ

    Posted by: Tyler (from NY) | May 9, 2014 1:19:10 PM


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