Rural LGBTQ+ elders deserve our support


As we enter the holiday season and its risks for isolated elders, I find myself thinking about recently deceased comedic genius Leslie Jordan.

Jordan was distinctive not just because he was flamboyantly gay, but also because he was dramatically and unapologetically Southern, with his distinctive drawl and his frequent stories about his upbringing. Jordan’s humor often focused on his childhood in a Southern Baptist community. He never ceased to remind his audiences that he came from, and still very much was rooted in, a much more traditional world than the one in which he traveled as a celebrity.

Click here to read the full piece. This op-ed was originally published in McKnights Senior Living on December 12th, 2022.

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