Destroying America, One Appalachian Small Town Gay Mayor At A Time

Abby Zimet

Cobert brought us a welcome taste of good cheer with his brilliant profile of Johnny Cummings, the gay mayor of the Kentucky coal town of Vicco, population 334, which this winter became the smallest town in America to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, "real or perceived" because it was "the right thing to do." Want hope? Watch the town's police chief defend his best bud Mayor Johnny, who is also the town's hairdresser. Great stuff.

"Discrimination just don't go no more." - mullet-haired commissioner and retired coal miner Claude Branson Jr.

The Colbert Report
Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive


Never Miss a Beat.

Get our best delivered to your inbox.


This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news outlet. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Won't Exist.

Please select a donation method:

Share This Article

More in: