Radical Faeries Find Gay Homeland In Tennessee

Feb 24, 2015 at 11:27 AM ET

Creekview Farms Retreat, a bed-and-breakfast property formerly owned by a mature gay couple in historic rural Tennessee, will reopen this summer as a queer spiritual center and commune. Its target customers: Radical Faeries.

Despite their perhaps irreverent name, the Radical Faeries are part of a (mostly) serious movement founded by gay activists in the late ’70s that mingles sexual liberation and ancient approaches to spiritual consciousness.

The new retreat—or Faerie Farm, if you will—will add an LGBT Healing Center to the existing rustic cabins, barns and 100-year-old farmhouse spread across the 80-acre property. According to its website, the new commune will still offer B&B services and will be a “home away from homo.”

Perhaps most importantly, Creekview Farms is just a 20-minute drive from Short Mountain, the site of one of the first large-scale Radical Faerie gatherings. As Short Mountain remains a place of pilgrimage for members of the movement, the community has come to call Tennessee the Faerie Homeland.