Gay in Appalachia

gia“Gay in Appalachia,” has become a fall tradition at Virginia Tech that brings the LGBT community together to explore various issues through the arts.  Started by Jean Elliott in 2005, the first “Gay in Appalachia” event featured Virginia Tech’s own Jeff Mann and Carol Burch-Brown. Since then, the event has showcased film-makers, theater readings, and best-selling authors, with discussions centered around themes of religion, resiliency, and election-year politics, to name a few.  Visiting scholars and artists have addressed packed theaters, delivered numerous class lectures, and even presided over round-table breakfast discussion with local clergy.