• Leigh Ann Carey

    Politics and Culture Writer

    "Inside the Growing World of Queer Truckers"

    Rolling Stone

    "When the Media Fails
    LGBTQ Candidates"

    Columbia Journalism Review

    "Flat Out Screaming Revolution"


    "Why Boycotting Red States Hampers Equality"


    "How to Win With
    Identity Politics"

    The Establishment

    "Queer Life in Trump Country: Q/A with Dr. Samantha Allen, author of Real Queer America"

    Queerest Election Ever

    "Meet the Armed, Anti-Racist Rednecks Taking on White Supremacy"

    The Establishment

    "Raise Hell and Eat
    Cornbread, Comrades!"


    "A Moment Made for Misfits"

    Campaigns & Elections Magazine

  • Leigh Ann is gay enough but definitely not electable.

    I write features and analysis pieces at the intersection of identities, politics, and culture. It is incredibly easy to view regions, people, and policies through a simplistic lens. I excel at surfacing stories in between the margins, on the edges of things -- stories that add texture and depth and even challenge what we think we know.

    Prior to running headlong into the burning building that is The Media, I led online strategy efforts for campaigns around the country through Brave Creations, an agency I founded. While no candidate demanded I clean their comb post-salad, I did work for a candidate who threw a shoe at a client once. So, there's that.

    How people make meaning in their lives is a longtime fascination of mine. I completed a masters in religious studies from Georgetown University in Washington, DC writing a 114 page thesis on interfaith politics in the South. I later earned a certificate in strategic communications and public relations from the University of Washington in Seattle, and I hold a BA in Political Science from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina.


    I live with my wife in Cary, North Carolina. Yes, we are the Careys in Cary, which we find absurdly amusing, with our dog Theodora, who is absurdly amusing in a different way.

  • I should tweet more probably.

  • To talk story ideas or business opportunities:

    Topics I write on: LGBTQ culture (musicians, artists, writers, candidates); identity politics and electoral campaigns; activism/movements in the South; class issues and labor


    Text/call: 206.900.4418
    Email: the.leigh.carey@gmail.com