Coming Out Project comes to Paducah LGBT Welcome Center

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PADUCAH – Cleaning Closets and PFLAG Central Kentucky are excited to announce they are teaming up to host The 20/20 Tour, a portrait exhibit that will tour across Kentucky.

The exhibit moves next to the new Paducah LGBT Welcome Center located at 413 Broadway Street and will remain there from Feb. 1 to 28.

The 20/20 Tour, part of the Cleaning Closets project, is a collection of stories and portraits from a variety of Kentuckians. Led by founding artist Jonathan Mayo and his sister Frances Mayo, The 20/20 Tour will playfully use the symbolism of coming out of a closet as subjects pose with an actual door in a variety of settings across the state. The lives of Kentuckians are showcased through portraits and tales of kinship, sorrow and love. A drag queen nun opens up about mental health while a transgender son finds acceptance from both of his pastor parents.

Inspired by a conversation the lead artist had with his mother, The 20/20 Tour is a way to help people see both sides clearly. Having grown up in Shelbyville in a time between the AIDS epidemic and the Internet, this sibling artist duo knew they wanted to bring this project back to their hometown and other small towns in Kentucky in hopes of building understanding and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community and their families.

Cleaning Closets is an oral history project that has been collecting and sharing true coming out stories from both sides of the closet door since 2012. This includes the perspectives of the LGBTQ+ individuals as well as that of the family and friends to whom they come out.

The exhibit will tour to different cities across the Bluegrass State throughout 2020, starting at the at Bellarmine University in Louisville from January and concluding in December 2020 at the Kentucky Theatre in Lexington with the 10th anniversary celebration of PFLAG Central Kentucky, the project’s Fiscal Sponsor. This project has been partially funded through a grant from JustFundKY. For a complete listing of exhibit sites, please visit www.CleaningClosets.org.

PFLAG was founded in 1972 to unite people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) with families, friends, and allies. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ+ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy. For more information, please visit www.pflagcentralky.org.

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