Dress Up or Down

A middle aged man with round glasses stands in front of a brick home with two children, (left) a young girl in braids and pink pajamas and a boy (right) in a blue tee shirt with his arms crossed.

Deedee, Ryan, and Asher

“It is a deep mystery to live here in this imperfect place. On a summer night, with fireflies in the yard and bats overhead, the

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A lavishly dressed person in drag queen attire (a pink dress, cape, tiara, and detailed make up) stands on the concrete stoop of a brick home.


Uma: “Pride is more than just a weekend or even a month out of a year. I can’t help but celebrate Pride all year long.

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Petty and Shady

Shady: “As I stand at the entrance of my home, adorned in intricate crystal jewels and enveloped in a custom violet sequin gown, I feel

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Jenna: “As I reflect on Monday’s Supreme Court ruling, I can’t help but think of Aimee Stephens who was fired 7 years ago for transitioning

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A man with a guitar and woman with a violin stand in neatly pressed Mariachi garb on the concrete driveway of an apartment complex.

Genaro and Sandy

Genaro: “Being a mariachi musician in Kentucky has been a unique experience. Where I come from, Mexican culture is everywhere. Everyone speaks Spanish and mariachi

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“When I started my career as a mariachi musician 10 years ago I never thought I’d be doing what I love most in the state

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“Being a mariachi musician in Kentucky has been a unique experience. Where I come from, Mexican culture is everywhere. Everyone speaks Spanish and mariachi and

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Hiroke and Amane

Amane graduated from Lafayette High School and is in the National Honor Society. She leaves for Japan next week, where she’ll take an exam, hoping

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Susan and Chelsey

Chelsey: “Contrails have always captured my imagination, at times filling me with envy. ‘Where were they going?’—probably somewhere great, I imagined. Though in all likelihood

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A neatly dressed bald man in an orange tie and leather sandals is seated on the wooden porch of a light freen home next to a woman with short curly hair, barefoot wearing a white button up shirt.

Rodney and Andrea

Andrea James works as Community Response Strategist in the Mayor’s Office, City of Lexington. She chairs the Fayette County Subcommittee, HEALing Communities Grant. She is

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A woman in a long purple robe with colorful trim and white sandals stands next to a young man in a denim jacket, red socks and white pants with black vertical stripes seated on a wooden flower box holding a pole in front of a white brick home with worn paint.

Christine and Philip

Philip: “This pandemic has enabled me to spend more time with my family, to grow as an individual. Despite all the madness, I have an

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A woman in a neatly pressed black jacket and dress stands on the small porch of a brick home next to a man in a grey tee shirt with a brown leather belt and watch while a young girl in a light pink sweater swings in from their left on a swingset.

Annie, Sarah, and David

David: “I remodel kitchen and baths. I got laid off in the second week of the pandemic. I’ve greatly enjoyed the extra time with my

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A woman with parted curly hair in a business jacket and red pajama pants with a snowflake pattern is seated with a laptop on the rail of a front porch while a black labrador retriever looks on.

Kim with Rufus

Rufus: “I am so grateful to have my humans home with me all day for non-stop companionship and occasional play breaks. I know they are

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Stuart: “I am wearing the kimono I bought at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Boca Raton, during one of many trips to care

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Isaac, Josh, and Jennifer

Jennifer: “My whole life before Covid-19 revolved around people. Meetings, events, banquets, and neighborhood gatherings dominated my life. As an extreme extrovert, I had a

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g.g.: “I look for whatever inspiration I can find, in whatever way I can. I dressed up for you, hoping anyone who sees this picture

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A young woman with a purple handkerchief in her hair and a girl with purple bow are seated on a wrough iron bench with pillows in front of a brick home in a neatly manicured lawn.

Tristan and Meredith

Meredith: “We typically don’t have sit-down dinners because Tristan has dance class 4 nights a week and I have rehearsals. Since we became quarantined, having

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A man in a light blue and white patterned shirt with neatly parted hair holds hands with a woman in a yellow dress and short jacket in front of a white panelled home with a metal awning.

John and Laura

Laura: “The first few weeks of the pandemic, I was in overfunctioning mode, as a leader of Common Good and as an individual. This past

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Justin and Rachel

Rachel and Justin have climbed every mountain and crossed every river to simply be together. Yesterday was meant to be the culmination of their unwavering

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A man holds a ukelele upside-down in colorful, knee-length socks crossed legged seated next to a young girl in brightly patterned pajamas next to a woman in a tan collared sweater and short hair on a patterned coushined bench in a screened porch with orange columns and teal trim.

Mick, Libby Lee, and Lucy

Mick played two songs for us on his ukulele: “Sunshine On My Shoulders” and “Anti-COVID Anthem #19” (to the tune of “Short’nin’ Bread”). He sang,

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Ten years ago, Frankie didn’t know what he was going to wear to his first Beaux Arts Ball. He used some tarp to make a

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Rifka and Smail

Rifka and Smail fled their native country of Bosnia in the midst of a bloody war, arriving in Lexington in November 1995. They made their

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A woman with bangs, pink hair and retro glasses in a floral pink knee-length dress holds a cocktails with her hand on the shoulder of a man in glasses, Van Dyke style facial hair in a colorful polka-dot button up and jeans stand in front of a stone home with a red door donning a skeleton behind a glass storm door with the home number "666." A Black Lives Matter yard sign is left of the stoop.

Lauren and Dan

Lauren SherroWu teaches students with moderate to severe disabilities and co-sponsors the GSA at Lafayette High School. Dan and Lauren had planned an outing to

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Susan and David

Susan and David greeted us ready to perform “Idiomatically Speaking” “Idiomatically Speaking” by David Fitts Her: “A penny for your thoughts.”Him: “Well, yesterday, they were

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An elderly couple stand in front of a cream brick home with ornate columns. They both wear blue athletic sweater vests. The woman had glasses hanging from a chain on her neck. The main has unkempt white hair, a beard, a blotted patterned tie, and Birkenstocks.

Susan and Joe

Joe teaches Physics at UK and was getting ready for his online class next week, learning how to use Zoom. Susan was thinking about exercising.

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Eric and Kayti

Kayti and Eric: “Our entire livelihood and lives are threatening to crumble in a week. We just canceled our May tour with Tinderbox Circus Sideshow.

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