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The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began
Penny Logue, who grew up on a farm, started the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Colorado in 2018. It had been two years since Logue had begun her transition and the U.S. Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy group, had just declared 2017 the deadliest documented year so far for members of the trans and gender non-conforming community, with 31 people killed.

Logue says she saw that many in the LGBTQ community had nowhere to feel safe and struggled to find employment, housing, and peace of mind.

"You have people that are brilliant, that just can't interact with society in a normal way," Logue says. "They just get shoved down every time they pop their head up and you watch it over and over and over again."

Logue initially rented a ranch in northern Colorado to raise alpacas, whose wool is sold as a prized weaving material. In March 2020 the operation moved just outside the small town of Westcliffe in southern Colorado with 86 alpaca, 20 chickens, 40 ducks, several dogs and cats, and nine people.

On the ranch, gender is never assumed. Inhabitants are free to love who they love and be who they are. Rainbow and anti-fascist flags adorn the walls, including one featuring the three arrows of the World War II-era German anti-Nazi, anti-fascist Iron Front.

"I got here and I experienced a love and acceptance that I never did before," says ranch co-owner Bonnie Nelson. "I had true family for the first time."
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June 25, 2021
Ranch members Bonnie Nelson, 34, and Penny Logue, 40, get help bringing in items from volunteers after...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Ranch members Bonnie Nelson, 34, and Penny Logue, 40, get help bringing in items from volunteers after a long day of shearing ahead of an incoming storm at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. June 24, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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June 25, 2021
Daisy Hand, 38, does a nightly patrol around the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S.,...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Daisy Hand, 38, does a nightly patrol around the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S., June 25, 2021. The ranchers recently restarted nightly patrols after they say they saw an uptick in threats of physical violence after a news media article about them was published. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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June 24, 2021
Bonnie Nelson, 34, helps sort sheared and un-sheared alpaca before starting another day of "Shear-a-Palooza"...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Bonnie Nelson, 34, helps sort sheared and un-sheared alpaca before starting another day of "Shear-a-Palooza" at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. June 24, 2021. The event was a multiple day party at the ranch held to attract volunteers and to encourage community members to come to the ranch to help shear the alpaca or to simply mingle. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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June 24, 2021
Newly shorn alpaca eat hay and socialize at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S.,...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Newly shorn alpaca eat hay and socialize at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S., June 24, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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June 24, 2021
May Quinty Dynamic, 35, left, and Jamie, 25, snuggle on the couch after a morning of volunteering during...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
May Quinty Dynamic, 35, left, and Jamie, 25, snuggle on the couch after a morning of volunteering during "Shear-A-Palooza", a multiple day festival at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch held to shear the ranch’s alpaca in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. June 24, 2021. Volunteers came from around and out of the state to help with the multi-day event. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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June 23, 2021
Kallen Ondrejkovics, 32, Daisy Hand, 38, Penny Logue, 40, and Sky Nelson, 34, tie down an alpaca so it...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Kallen Ondrejkovics, 32, Daisy Hand, 38, Penny Logue, 40, and Sky Nelson, 34, tie down an alpaca so it can be sheared during "Shear-A-Palooza" at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. June 23, 2021. The event was a multiple day party at the ranch held to attract volunteers and to encourage community members to come to the ranch to help shear the alpaca or to simply mingle. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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June 23, 2021
Jamie, 25, tries to keep an alpaca calm as it waits to have its hair cut during "Shear-A-Palooza" at...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Jamie, 25, tries to keep an alpaca calm as it waits to have its hair cut during "Shear-A-Palooza" at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. June 23, 2021. The event was a multiple day party at the ranch held to attract volunteers and to encourage community members to come to the ranch to help shear the alpaca or to simply mingle. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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June 23, 2021
J Stanley, 29, leads an alpaca to get sheared during "Shear-A-Palooza" at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
J Stanley, 29, leads an alpaca to get sheared during "Shear-A-Palooza" at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. June 23, 2021. The event was a multiple day party at the ranch held to attract volunteers and to encourage community members to come to the ranch to help shear the ranch’s alpaca or to simply mingle. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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June 23, 2021
Jamie, 25, and Daisy Hand, 38, bottle feed lamb on the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado,...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Jamie, 25, and Daisy Hand, 38, bottle feed lamb on the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. June 23, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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June 23, 2021
Alpacas are seen lounging near a 50 ft rental tent, which is decorated with trans and anarchist flags...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Alpacas are seen lounging near a 50 ft rental tent, which is decorated with trans and anarchist flags for "Shear-A-Palooza" in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. June 23, 2021. The event was a multiple day party at the ranch held to attract volunteers and to encourage community members to come to the ranch to help shear the alpaca or to simply mingle. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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June 23, 2021
Sky Nelson, 34, tries to calm an alpaca as it waits to have its hair cut during "Shear-A-Palooza" at...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Sky Nelson, 34, tries to calm an alpaca as it waits to have its hair cut during "Shear-A-Palooza" at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. June 23, 2021. The event was a multiple day party at the ranch held to attract volunteers and to encourage community members to come to the ranch to help shear the alpaca or to simply mingle. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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June 23, 2021
Penny Logue, 40, greets a newly shorn alpaca nicknamed Mocha at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe,...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Penny Logue, 40, greets a newly shorn alpaca nicknamed Mocha at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. June 23, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 28, 2021
Several patches on Penny Logue's gear pouch she carries with her tactical equipment that surround a "Defend...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Several patches on Penny Logue's gear pouch she carries with her tactical equipment that surround a "Defend Equality" transgender flag with a rifle outline on it, inform strangers or medical personnel of her blood type and no known drug allergies as well as her pronouns, on the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S., May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 28, 2021
Penny Logue, 40, removes her bulletproof vest and gear after finishing practice at the range with fellow...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Penny Logue, 40, removes her bulletproof vest and gear after finishing practice at the range with fellow ranchers on the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 27, 2021
Penny Logue, 40, and Ash Kreis, 33, hug Bonnie Nelson, 34, after Nelson gave a particularly difficult...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Penny Logue, 40, and Ash Kreis, 33, hug Bonnie Nelson, 34, after Nelson gave a particularly difficult on camera interview about Nelson's family to Kreis, who is doing a documentary about the ranch at their home at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. May 27, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 27, 2021
Penny Logue, 40, lays down cover fire as J Stanley, 29, and Bonnie Nelson, 34, run ahead during a live...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Penny Logue, 40, lays down cover fire as J Stanley, 29, and Bonnie Nelson, 34, run ahead during a live fire drill at their range on the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S., May 27, 2021. The group say they have stepped up their training since they started receiving death threats and caught armed people on their property. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 27, 2021
Penny Logue, 40, Bonnie Nelson, 34, and J Stanley, 29, discuss a live fire drill before executing it...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Penny Logue, 40, Bonnie Nelson, 34, and J Stanley, 29, discuss a live fire drill before executing it together at their range on the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. May 27, 2021. The group say they have stepped up their training since they started receiving death threats and caught armed people on their property. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 27, 2021
Bonnie Nelson, 34, chats with people as Nelson stands above the asexual flag as it hangs with several...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Bonnie Nelson, 34, chats with people as Nelson stands above the asexual flag as it hangs with several other flags representing gender and sexual identity at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S., May 27, 2021. Above four mounted rifles, a red-and-black flag can be seen that says, "Sometimes antisocial, always antifascist," with the three arrows of the Iron Front, a World War II-era German paramilitary anti-Nazi, antifascist organization. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 26, 2021
Bonnie Nelson, 34, puts up a warning sign on the front gate of the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe,...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Bonnie Nelson, 34, puts up a warning sign on the front gate of the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. May 26, 2021. Armed people were previously caught trying to trespass on the property, according to the ranchers. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 26, 2021
Rancher Jennifer Radford, 37, mingles with community members and friends, Cassie Schwartz, Jackie Jones,...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Rancher Jennifer Radford, 37, mingles with community members and friends, Cassie Schwartz, Jackie Jones, Ellen Glover, Melissa Salierno along with fellow ranchers Sky Nelson, 34, and J Stanley, 29, during during a BBQ at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 26, 2021
Penny Logue, 40, glances outside as she works in the kitchen in the house on the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Penny Logue, 40, glances outside as she works in the kitchen in the house on the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. May 25, 2021. Logue and the other ranchers are always on alert ever since they caught armed trespassers on their property in March 2021, according to Logue. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 26, 2021
Bonnie Nelson, 34, works out in town with Penny Logue, 40, in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. May 26, 2021....
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Bonnie Nelson, 34, works out in town with Penny Logue, 40, in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 26, 2021
Bonnie Nelson, 34, sits with Nelson's rifle, nicknamed 'Yoko', in the living room of the ranch house...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Bonnie Nelson, 34, sits with Nelson's rifle, nicknamed 'Yoko', in the living room of the ranch house at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. May 25, 2021. Nelson, who used to be uncomfortable with guns, bought the rifle after witnessing Westcliffe's July 4th protest in 2020, which featured some banners and flags that reminded Nelson and Logue of fascism. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 26, 2021
A group of alpaca watch as Bonnie Nelson, 34, drives past them on the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe,...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
A group of alpaca watch as Bonnie Nelson, 34, drives past them on the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 25, 2021
Penny Logue, 40, fires her pistol during target practice at a range on the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Penny Logue, 40, fires her pistol during target practice at a range on the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. May 24, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 25, 2021
Bonnie Nelson, 34, holds their pistol, custom painted with the trans flag colors, during a practice session...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Bonnie Nelson, 34, holds their pistol, custom painted with the trans flag colors, during a practice session at the range at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. May 24, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 25, 2021
J Stanley, 29, talks to Penny Logue, 40, about troubles with Stanley's family as Logue prepares dinner...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
J Stanley, 29, talks to Penny Logue, 40, about troubles with Stanley's family as Logue prepares dinner in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. May 25, 2021. Stanley says she is grateful to have a community for support during her transition, "As soon as I start HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) and start going through changes, I have people here I can refer to who have been through it and they're not going to sit there and be like, well, is this what you really want?" REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 24, 2021
Members of the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch, J Stanley, 29, Kathryn Gibes, Penny Logue, 40, Sky Nelson, 34,...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Members of the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch, J Stanley, 29, Kathryn Gibes, Penny Logue, 40, Sky Nelson, 34, and Bonnie Nelson, 34, greet a woman, who preferred not to give her name, who just moved to the area with a transgender child as they wait for lunch at one of their favorite spots to eat in town, Chappy's Bar and Grill, in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. May 24, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 24, 2021
Penny Logue, 40, hugs one of her partners, Kathryn Gibes, in their home at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Penny Logue, 40, hugs one of her partners, Kathryn Gibes, in their home at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S., May 24, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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May 24, 2021
Stickers sent to the ranchers can be seen in their living room at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe,...
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The Wider Image: The Tenacious Unicorn Ranch made a transgender haven. Then the violent threats began...
Stickers sent to the ranchers can be seen in their living room at the Tenacious Unicorn Ranch in Westcliffe, Colorado, U.S. May 24, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis SEARCH "UNICORNS MILLIS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
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