Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
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Over this summer, Abie Reed will graduate culinary school, do a stint as a bread and pastry chef at a diner, plan a wedding, get married, and as if all that isn’t enough, build a house with her fiance -- a tiny house.They’re planning to move into the tiny home at the end of the summer, and settle in while she takes a gap year to find mentors in the food industry.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Casey Johnson lives in Pittsburgh’s North Shore, a couple of blocks from one of the most colorful buildings in the nation, Randyland, a utopian-esque public art installation with walls, chairs, and trinkets in every possible shade and hue.When apartment shopping in the Steel City, Johnson, who is pansexual, gender non-binary and uses non-gendered pronouns, searched to find a neighborhood that was the “most accepting.” North Shore, they said, fits the bill.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
A year from now, Ryan McFarland will don a cap and gown and walk across the stage at the University of Charleston, located along the Kanawha River across from the statehouse's shiny golden dome.The Pleasants County native will then be confronted by two decisions: law school or graduate school? Stay in West Virginia or leave?Continue Reading Take Me to More News
West Virginia Public Broadcasting spoke with NaBryia Palmer, a nursing student in Cabell County and Charleston native, how about she is deciding whether or not to leave the state.This article is the first in our series “Plugging the Brain Drain” with stories of how young West Virginians are making the decision to stay or leave.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
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