The Glass Men of Vacherie: A Radio Doc Mini-series
Vacherie, Louisiana is a small town in the Southeast of the state, an hour from the cultural mecca of New Orleans and also an hour from the state capital, Baton Rouge. It's in this town that I myself came into my own queerness: from "sissy" to gay to queer to genderqueer and nonmonogamous.
Media paints these small Southern towns as incredibly tight and nosey with all-knowing women on porches sitting in swings. However, Vacherie and the surrounding towns of Lutcher, Gramercy, and St. James are far from this reality. As the towns were hurled into the 21st Century—the internet, falling oil prices, and better education—inspired an exodus of queer people across these towns to larger cities in the state and beyond our borders.
This diaspora of queers is still oddly in contact with each other in loose forms (by lovers, grandmothers, cousins, Facebook, or Grindr). As I have returned to my hometown of Vacherie a changed queer, I am investigating this sprawling network of queers and interviewing those I find about.
Touching on how they navigated being different in this so specific area, where and why they chose to leave, why (if) they chose to return, and what parts of Vacherie stay with them on their travels through the world and their own queerness.