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In conservative Colorado, Tenacious Unicorn Ranch a safe haven for trans community (and 180 alpaca)

Penny Logue co-owns the ranch with Bonnie Nelson in Custer County, where nearly 70% of the population voted for Donald Trump twice.

Katie Eastman

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Published: 10:28 PM MST March 1, 2021
Updated: 11:00 PM MST March 1, 2021

On a February morning in Custer County, the wind carries clouds over a ranch where alpaca wake up, their frames silhouetted against the bright pink sky. 

It’s a sight not unlike many farms in Westcliffe, the mountain town southwest of Colorado Springs, but the people on this land have a unique purpose. 

“Yeah we’re queer and leftists so we paint a new picture,” said ranch founder, Penny Logue.