Meet the trans folk who built the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch
The desperate need for safe housing has led a group of trans people to form the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch, a community of armed, anti-fascist alpaca farmers in rural Colorado.
Recalling her original idea, Logue told the Socialist Rifle Association Podcast: “We were just living our lives, and then the election happened [in 2016] and Trump got into office.
“We really saw the writing on the wall with the way that rhetoric was changing so quickly, how nasty the ramp-up to the election was, how damaging it was for queer people specifically.
“We didn’t really think it was going to get any better, so we tried to start coming up with ways to not only save ourselves, but bring that kind of safety net to other queer people as well.”
She and two partners moved to the ranch, and adopted a herd of alpaca. They began sustaining themselves through donations and selling alpaca wool, and soon wanted to have more like-minded trans people join their community.
She said she had the idea “with the intent of giving trans people a safe place to not only just survive, but actually thrive and do something in the world, and feel good about ourselves as trans people negotiating the world”.
“As opposed to just fearfully living in a cis world,” she added. “We’re living in our own world here.”
They needed a property they could own, and eventually came across a geodesic dome in Wet Mountain Valley, Southern Colorado, which they bought.
Logue told HighCountryNews: “Domes are funky and cool and a bit against the status quo — and they help the planet. They are weird but useful, which is the essence of queer.”
Tenacious Unicorn Ranch was officially founded in 2018.
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