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Incoming freshman participate in a glow zone party during WKU Master Plan on Western Kentucky University's campus on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Master Plan is an orientation program for incoming freshman to adjust to college life.

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My sibling, Johnica “Johni” Hubbard, 16, of Knoxville, Tenn. poses for a portrait in their bedroom in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Hubbard has created art since they began elementary school and plan to pursue art as a career after graduating high school. When asked about their creative process, Hubbard said they just “kind of boogy around” and express whatever they are feeling on paper or canvas. “I feel like my sexuality can definitely play a role in my art. I like drawing female bodies and showing all different types of women, rather than men,” Hubbard said.

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Tarriona Ball, lead vocalist of Tank and the Bangas, performs a secret show at Barley's Taproom during the Rhythm and Blooms Festival in downtown Knoxville, Tenn on May 17, 2019.

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Shonda Judy, 60, of Cynthiana, Ky., relaxes with a bubble bath after volunteering at the Cynthiana Animal Shelter. She uses passion for photography to help local animals get adopted. Shonda volunteers at the shelter by taking portraits of the animals and posting them on social media with a brief story about the animals' personality. "Dogs that I take pictures of and post don't get adopted because they look at it and think 'Oh I need a husky!'" she says. "They adopt the animal because they see a post and a picture of a dog named Jimmy who has a red pickup truck and they think 'Oh my grandpa's name was Jimmy and he drove a red pickup truck too! That dog needs me and I need that dog!' They can feel that connection with the animals and put a personality to the name."

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Druex Sidora of Baltimore, Maryland performs during the “From Mama With Love” Drag Show in Chautauqua, N.Y. on Monday Aug. 1, 2022. The annual event was hosted by Chautauqua’s LGBTQ+ and Friends organization and featured various performers from around the country. 

Evon Dior Michelle of Baltimore, Maryland takes a bow after her performance during the “From Mama With Love” Drag Show in Chautauqua, N.Y. on Monday Aug. 1, 2022. The annual event was hosted by Chautauqua’s LGBTQ+ and Friends organization and featured various performers from around the country. 

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Eric Vasquez in the studio. Feb. 2020

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Ann Hinkle (left) and Janet Hyland (right), of Fort Myers, Florida dance together during the Chautauqua Belle Pride Celebration on Lake Chautauqua in Chautauqua, N.Y. on July 6, 2022. The inaugural Chautauqua Belle Pride Celebration was organized by Chautauqua LGBTQ+ and Friends. “This is such a historic moment,” organizer Dede Hughes said. 

John Hannah of St. Petersburg, Florida shows his pride during the Chautauqua Belle Pride Celebration on Lake Chautauqua in Chautauqua, N.Y. on July 6, 2022. The inaugural Chautauqua Belle Pride Celebration was organized by Chautauqua LGBTQ+ and Friends.

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Chautauqua School of Dance students participate in a group hug backstage before the Chautauqua School of Dance Student Gala II in Chautauqua, N.Y.  Sunday Aug. 14, 2022. The gala included performances by both Festival and Pre-Professional Division students and was the last student gala of the 2022 season. 

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Miss Lady Dior, 26, of Huntington, W.V. applies fake eyelashes before performing in a drag show fundraiser hosted by the Southeastern Ohio Rainbow Alliance and Alzheimer’s Association at Eclipse Company Store in the Plains, Ohio on Sept. 26, 2021.  “I love being surrounded by these fierce girls and just getting to be myself. I could honestly do this every day,” Dior said.