LGBTQ Non-Discrimination LawsNovember 9, 2017
Did you know it is still legal in most of Kentucky and the United States to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people? Today, in nearly three-quarters of Kentucky, LGBTQ people can still be fired from a job, denied a place to live, or kicked out of a restaurant just because of who they are or whom they love.
Across the nation, many states have updated their civil rights laws to include gender identity and/or sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public accommodations discrimination protections.
In Kentucky, 10 cities have updated their local civil rights laws by passing LGBTQ Fairness Ordinances, including Louisville (1999), Lexington (1999), Covington (2003), the Appalachian town of Vicco (2013), our state capital Frankfort (2013), Morehead (2013), Danville (2014), and Midway (2015), Paducah (2018), and Maysville (2018). Combined, these cities protect just over 25% of our commonwealth’s population from LGBT discrimination.
The Fairness Campaign advocates for passage of a Statewide Fairness Law in the Kentucky General Assembly.