Kevin Kelpe, aged 30 was raised in Los Angeles to young parents. His childhood was filled with uncertainties about food and shelter, so he joined a religious youth group to compensate for his lack of family ties. After high school, Kelpe went to Florida to attend film school and work for Disney as a dancer. Kelpe moved to Boise in 2003 and became immersed in the restaurant industry. Kelp identifies more as an epicurean than solely as a gay man, but at the same time, does not disidentify as gay. At the time of this interview, Kelpe was owner of the Red Feather Lounge in Boise. Kelpe is not an active participant in the LGBT community, but would advocate for equal marriage rights.
Restaurateur, Disney teen parents, Sex Ed, “Pray the Gay Away, ” Love vs. Virginia, Conversion Therapies, Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, “It Does Get Better” campaign, HIV/AIDS/STDs, condoms
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