May 14, 2013 - The City of Frankfort is drafting an ordinance that would seek to protect lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. But if you were among the more than 40 residents who left after the first two-and-a-half hours of Monday night’s City Commission meeting, you probably missed that. That’s because Commissioner Lynn Bowers changed her mind on the issue after the board took a brief break. Federal and state law does not recognize sexual orientation and gender identity among protected classes, such as race. A local anti-discrimination ordinance, like ones enacted in a handful of other Kentucky cities, could add such protections.
May 12, 2013 - The Fairness Campaign is partnering with Louisville Metro Police to present a four-week workshop series focusing on local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues and crime prevention. The series, which begins Wednesday, is free to the public, and participants who complete it will get a certificate from Mayor Greg Fischer and Police Chief Steve Conrad. “The fairness community and LMPD have not always had the best relationship,” said Chris Hartman, the Fairness Campaign director. “But things have been getting much better in recent years. We see this workshop series as a great opportunity to build stronger bridges and understanding between our ... allied community and those charged with protecting us.”
May 1, 2013 - I’ve said it in these pages before — new bars are like new babies to me, and I welcome them with open arms, whatever they turn out to be. Some grow into brawny sports bars, like the new Diamond on Barret. I watched most of the NFL season there on Sunday afternoons. However, my label of a “sports bar” might not be the same for the 21-year-old frat boy who visits Diamond for late-night concerts. His view of Diamond is completely different. The same can be applied to most labels we assign to people, places and things — we give labels to fit things into neat little compartments. But labels are limiting, segregating and subjective.
April 26, 2013 - About 85 people rallied Friday to encourage the Georgetown College Board of Trustees to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender faculty and staff in the school's non-discrimination policy. For the past five years, the college has had a written policy to protect gay students against discrimination. The college recently hired its first openly gay faculty members, mathematics professor Homer White said. But the college's current no-discrimination policy for faculty and staff does not mention sexual orientation or gender identity. Those who rallied Friday said that stance conflicts with the college's public commitment to diversity and excludes LGBT faculty from workplace benefits, such as health insurance for their partners and families.
April 8, 2013 - The ACLU of Kentucky is leading a group of non-profit organizations to develop a plan to improve civic engagement and equity in Louisville.Open Society Foundations is giving $100,000 to eight cities or regions, which will all compete for a chance to win longer-term investment to implement their plans. The teams must develop a unique proposal for their area that demonstrates how they would improve disparities in their communities. ACLU of Kentucky executive director Michael Alridge says all five of the local groups included in Louisville's team--including Network Center for Community Change, Fairness Campaign, the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth--contribute something unique.