42 minutes | Jul 28, 2020

David Rodriguez

David Rodriguez grew up on Karankawa land in Wharton, Texas in a family whose roots reach back to before TX was a state.  David was 26 and living on Tonkawa and Sana land in Bastrop, TX at the time of our interview in June 2014. He shares stories of raising livestock for the FFA as a kid, his mom kicking him out of the house after coming out at age 17 and their journey towards reconnection, his frustration with the marriage equality movement's celebration of assimilation, and his love of farming.  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Learn more about this project at www.countryqueers.com Check out David & Josh's goat farm in Lane City, TX at www.countryqs.com and donate to support them during the cover-19 pandemic which has drastically reduced their farmer's market income on Venmo at @countryqs13.  And, if you have additional funds, we're asking folks to please donate to: RES*ST - a campaign led by formerly incarcerated Black womxn - including caregivers, sex workers, and mothers - with the goal of ethically buying land to build a sustainable center in which they can heal, grow, and organize together: https://gf.me/u/x9vj8k And to support Miguel Mendiás -  a queer, trans, artist and activist of Czech, Basque, and Raramúri / Tarahumara (indigenous Mexican) descent who is in the process of reclaiming his family’s 4th generation Mexican-American adobe home in the high desert of Marfa, TX on unceded Jumano-Apache territory. The house which belonged to his great-grandmother was threatened with public auction by the county and is in a remote part of Texas that has experienced rapid gentrification: https://gf.me/u/yitk6f   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Host, Producer, and Lead Editor: Rae Garringer Assistant Editor & Musical Magic: Tommie Anderson Editorial Advisory Dream Team: Hermelinda Cortés, Lewis Raven Wallace, and Sharon P. Holland Theme Song: Composed and performed on banjo by Sam Gleaves, pedal steel versions by Rebecca Branson Jones Additional music: Composed and performed on acoustic and electric guitar by Tommie Anderson    
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