Denver Post, “How an anarchist commune for queer people grew a haven in conservative rural Colorado”

WESTCLIFFE, COLORADO - APRIL 13: Penny Logue, founder and owner, in back and J Stanley, right, cut string off a large bale of hay to feed dozens of alpaca at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch on April 13, 2021 in Westcliffe, Colorado. The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch is a haven for transgender people that raises Alpaca, sheep, goats, lambs, ducks, and chickens. Thirteen months ago, rancher Penny Logue found the 40 acres that the ranch is on in the remote Wet Mountain Valley on the eastern flank of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range outside of Westcliffe. Fed up with a hostile landlord in the city and fearful for their safety amidÊrecord-highÊdeaths in the transgender community nationwide, Logue and her business partner, Bonnie Nelson, sought refuge in the rural, open rangelands. For their safety the ranch is fully armed and each person on the ranch has some sort of protection including semi-automatic rifles, pistols and knives. The ranch offers a safe haven for transgender people needing a respite or to get away from bad situations. The ranch has 170 head of Alpaca, 30 sheep, 30 ducks, 40 chickens, 8 dogs and 8 cats. Almost all of the animals at the ranch are rescues. To make ends meet they sell the wool of the Alpaca and sheep and do crowd funding. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

Alpaca-raising founders of Tenacious Unicorn Ranch say site near Westcliffe is here to stay, despite harassment

Elise Schmelzer, April 18, 2021

Two sets of headlights headed straight for the geodesic dome house that serves as the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch’s headquarters.

Outside in the deep dark of Colorado’s Wet Mountain Valley, the people who live at the ranch prepared to defend their home.

For weeks, they had received threats online and warnings from others in the area that the rhetoric against the leftist, anarchist alpaca ranch commune for queer people had intensified. The day before, March 4, someone aggressively tailed the ranchers’ truck down the washboard county dirt road as they drove home. The ranchers thought the headlights could be those people coming to harm them. They grabbed their guns.

Then the headlights swerved away. It was the neighbors coming home down their dirt drive, which follows the alpaca ranch’s fence line for a bit.

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