(Sheridan, Wyo.) Kenny Allen is a Wyomingite from Powell and is new to the Sheridan area, but he's hoping to educate the public and help minimize stereotypes that surround the LGBTQ community, especially in Sheridan. "Sheridan Supports LGBTQ" is a satellite group of Wyoming Equality, a volunteer organization out of Cheyenne that serves as a support and advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the Equality State. The Sheridan group started a couple of years ago, but not a lot of people initially showed interest in joining. With recent suicides in Gillette and controversy happening around the state, Allen felt he needed to do something to get people together to overcome their fears. "We wanted to let people know that they're not alone," he said. "I was able to get in touch with the person in Sheridan who started the group, and we began advertising on social media just to get people together." Now "Sheridan Supports LGBTQ" has seen a revival. Currently they have about 50 people in their Facebook group and see about 10 people at every meeting. "We have a large population we reach out to, but not everyone can make the meetings every time," Allen explained. "But now they have someone to come to if they're having issues." The group launched a brand new website
this month to try and reinvigorate interest. They also plan on working on a
bigger Pride representation for next June.
"We're going to be doing a lot more gatherings, we've got breakfasts
planned and barbecues this summer. The website's to try and help us
advertise and communicate with the public."
Since the group re-started in May, they've had a meeting twice a month.
It's open to everyone, but to find out information about location and
times, you will have to contact the group through their website.
"I just want everyone to know this group is here, and if anyone is feeling
down, they can reach out to us and we'll do our best to help them with
whatever they need."