Kim Davis's Hometown Celebrates Very First Pride

Morehead, Kentucky -- the infamous hometown of national disgrace Kim Davis -- has celebrated its very first LGBT Pride Festival.

Vice's Katie Zavadski reports:

The now infamous hometown of Kim Davis celebrated its first-ever LGBTQ pride festival this Saturday, decades after such festivities first launched in major cities on both coasts. The day was hot—"probably over 100 degrees," Moore told VICE—and Davis was one face missing from the festivities, though a drag queen dressed to impersonate the notorious Rowan County clerk was on hand to take her place.

"I think it was probably the first time people had seen a drag show in their life," said Moore, the executive director and lead organizer of Morehead Pride. Moore and his partner—also named David—were among the first couples to apply for a marriage license after Kentucky's governor ordered the state's clerks to comply with the Supreme Court ruling, and a video of the two men being denied went viral. "One of the first people who ran out and hugged her was one of the couples in the lawsuit against Kim Davis," he said.


Morehead's festival was far removed from the political campaigning, lavish floats, corporate sponsorship, and overt sexuality that's come to characterize pride in major metropolitan areas.

Some of Morehead Pride's 50 vendors paid $20 for a slot, while nonprofits got in free. There were no politicians on the festival agenda—not even the openly gay mayor of Lexington, an hour away, who is running to represent Kentucky in the US Senate. 


Instead, it was dominated by local drag performers, marriage plaintiffs, and activists. One speaker brought with him the "Sacred Cloth"—a pride flag that's traveled to historic LGBTQ events worldwide.

(Photo: Michael Wallace, Morehead Pride)