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Sister, Take The Back Door

Morgantown, West Virginia

Morgantown is a place that defies expectations. Nestled in the lush, green foothills of the Appalachians, is the town that is home to West Virginia University, a large coal-mining population, and West Virginia's oldest gay bar. Against all odds, this gay bar, Vice Versa, has become the center of Morgantown's thriving and connected community. This week we talk to three "sisters" who refuse to be silenced.

Written by: Josh Hallmark

Researched by: Josh Hallmark

Produced by: Josh Hallmark

Edited by: Josh Hallmark


People Featured:

ASRA NOMANI: A former reporter for the Wall Street Journal, and the author of “Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam.” Asra was recently the subject of the PBS documentary, "The Mosque in Morgantown" and lead the Pearl Project, a faculty-student investigation into the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

CHRISTINA B. MORGAN: A Morgantown native and the drag host at Vice Versa, West Virginia's oldest gay bar.

ARI MAY LILLI: A twenty year old trans girl who has documented her entire transition through a video blog on YouTube.


Music by:

• Dave Depper

• Will Bangs

• Podington Bear

• Alex Fitch

• Dr. Turtle

• David Szesztay

Music courtesy of Free Music Archive


Topics: Morgantown, West Virginia, Drag Queens, Drag, Feminism, Islam, Muslim, LGBTQ, Trans Youth, Daniel Pearl, Asra Nomani, Christina B. Morgan, Ari May Lilli, Gay Bar, Drag Shows


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