NBC News, “Joy, safety and alpacas: Queer community thrives on trans-owned ranch”

Over the course of three days in late June, about 50 volunteers visited the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in rural Colorado to help shear its alpaca herd and be in queer community.

By Jo Yurcaba, July 18, 2021

“Bedtime, girls! Bedtime! Bedtime!” Penellope Logue yelled as she clapped her hands behind a herd of about 100 female alpacas.

It was about 9 a.m., so it wasn’t bedtimefor the alpacas, but some of them understood the command to mean “Go into the barn,” where Logue and about a dozen volunteers were trying to corral them for their annual shearing.

This year, the shearing was a come-one, come-all event. Over the course of three days in late June, about 50 volunteers visited the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in southern Colorado to help shear the alpacas. Logue, 40, founded the ranch in 2018 as a safe place for transgender people like herself, and she now co-owns it with Bonnie Nelson, 34.

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