Today, the Alexandria Museum of Art posted their latest podcast of Letters Read (an ongoing series of live events in which local performers interpret historically interesting letters written by culturally vital individuals from various times and Louisiana communities). Today's edition is a podcast dramatization of the letters of Skip Ward. Blanchard “Skip” Ward was a gay activist in rural Louisiana during the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and into the beginning of the 21st century.
You can listen now at https://events.themuseum.org/letters-read-skip-ward/
After Skip “came up front” about his sexuality. He co-founded the Unitarian/Universalist Church’s Gay Caucus. He also created Louisiana’s first publication tailored to its gay population, called Le Beau Monde. Ward held some form of membership with nearly every Louisiana LGBTQIA organization from the 1970s onward and was particularly active in the Louisiana Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus (LAGPAC), a political activist organization, and the Radical (or Raedical) Faeries, a national organization for rural-based gender and sexual non-conforming spiritualists.
One of the performers in this audio dramatization is Frank Perez, president of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana, as the voice of a Northern Louisiana conservative clergyman.