"When I first came to Kentucky, my employer did not have domestic partner benefits, and we couldn't pay all our medical bills. As a lesbian/member of the LGBTQ community, I am proud to belong to an organization that fights for equality for all Kentuckians."
As KFTC has grown, expanding our vision of equality for all Kentuckians has been a labor of love and a transformative internal process. While many members shared this vision of equality for decades, in 2004 our Steering Committee shared a series of deeply emotional conversations, meetings, and personal reflections and eventually adopted language to our platform to include our LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer or Questioning) communities. Since then (and well before), our local chapters and statewide members have contributed to a growing movement for fairness, safety and celebration of diversity in Kentucky and beyond.
From offering our staff domestic partner benefits to lobbying our elected officials for fairness ordinances and anti-bullying legislation, KFTC members continue to prioritize our vision for a better Kentucky all Kentuckians deserve. As you can read in our blog feed below, our local chapters have recently prioritized LGBTQ equality through Fairness Ordinance organizing in Berea, safe restroom campaign in central Kentucky, creating LGBTQ support networks in Perry County, and much more.
What is a Fairness Ordinance: A Fairness Ordinance would prohibit discrimination in the workplace, housing, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We believe that all Kentuckians have a right to live without fear of unjust discrimination, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. As written, Kentucky law does not guarantee this right, and must be changed. We support a statewide Fairness law and also Fairness ordinances at a local level until a statewide law is establish.
Join members of the Northern Kentucky chapter as we show support for the LGBTQ+ community in northern Kentucky!
We will be talking about our ongoing voter engagement, issue, and skills building work at the festival, and hope you join us there!
Set up a meeting with your representative and senator and join others to lobby for a statewide fairness law. The Fairness Campaign will coordinate visits with legislators in the morning and a rally in the afternoon.
KFTC members and fairness supporters will be present to urge the Shelbyville City Council to fill vacancies on the local human rights commission. The vacancies have been in existence since February, and extremely qualified people have applied to be commissioners.
Join KFTC members as we celebrate Northern Kentucky Pride and support our allies at Northern Kentucky Fairness!
We will be having a table from 2 pm to 10 pm to talk about the work we do to promote justice throughout the state, and help make sure people at the festival are prepared to vote in the 2015 election.
In most of Kentucky, LGBT people can still be fired from a job, denied a place to live, and be kicked out of a restaurant – that's true even in many states that now have marriage equality, like Indiana.
RALLY & LOBBY for a Kentucky Statewide Fairness Law!
6:45 a.m. – Carpool from Fairness Campaign office in Louisville and elsewhere around the state