If someone picked up a newspaper today, this political shuffling is all they’d hear about Mississippi. But listen to our oral histories, watch our films, read our texts, listen to our podcasts. You’ll find something deeper and more complex than this bill.” ~Sara Wood, SFA Oral Historian
Last week’s SFA Take, in response to recent anti-LGBTQ legislation in North Carolina and Mississippi, urged readers to dig into our well-documented South for a clearer perspective on the diversity that defines our region yet rarely makes headlines. Today, we’re making it easy for you to do just that.
Our Nathalie Dupree Graduate Fellow Kate Wiggins compiled resources from SFA’s recent work that deal specifically with sexuality through the lens of food. And we made a short Storify of responses from Mississippi residents who oppose HB 1523. We hope you’ll take some time to look, read, and listen to these stories that many times are muffled by politicized rhetoric and monolithic stereotypes about the South.
Author, pastry chef, and editor Ben Mims talks about sexuality in Southern kitchens at the 17th Southern Foodways Symposium.
Leading up to our 2014 fall symposium Who Is Welcome at the Welcome Table?, Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff took their Big Gay Ice Cream truck on a tour of Southern cities. Southerners in Raleigh, Charleston, Atlanta, Birmingham, and Oxford stood in line for hours to show their support for the LGBTQ community.
The life and legacy of Bill Neal, who changed the face of Southern restaurant cuisine when he opened Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1982.
What does *not* eating meat say about you? In one young biracial man’s family, his dietary change was construed as white, elite, even feminine. In this episode of Gravy: the cultural politics of going vegetarian.
In the news
Eppes, Mary Grace. “Local baker’s Facebook post on religious freedom bill goes viral.” MS News. April 11, 2016.
“Iles, Grisham, Eubanks, Reed, Smith, Stockett, Laymon, Tartt Among 95 Mississippi Writers Opposing Anti-LGBT Law.” Jackson Free Press. April 11, 2016.
Russell, Susan. “An Antidote to Christians Making Jesus Look Bad in Mississippi.” Huffington Post. April 6, 2016.
“Wedding Cake Baker Finds Fault With Mississippi’s Religious Objections Law.” NPR Morning Edition. April 6, 2016.