LGBTQ equality

Bereans for Fairness rally

Meta Mendel-Reyes"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."

Meta Mendel-Reyes
Madison County

Resources

Fairness Campaign

Kentucky Fairness Alliance

Kentucky ACLU

Kentucky Commission on Human Rights

Lexington Fairness

Eastern Kentucky Fairness on Facebook

Bereans For Fairness on Facebook

Sample of a local Fairness Ordinance

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.

Earth Day in Georgetown

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Yesterday was Earth Day at Georgetown College, sponsored by the Georgetown Sustainability Initiative. 

KFTC tabled, talking to people about Appalachian Transition, coal mining, and recycling, plus our work in solidarity with the campaign for a non-discrimination policy at Georgetown College.  KFTC member Cristian Nunez also made a membership ask from the stage, and we managed to recruit 5 new KFTC members!

You can find a few other pictures of the event here.

This is one of an exciting series of events at Gerogetown College this week focused on non-discrimination work.  Other events include a big rally on Friday and many, many other activities. 

Additionally, we recently started an online petition here for a non-discrimination policy at Georgetown College.  Please sign it and pass it along to others.   

Justice at Georgetown

Students, faculty and staff at Georgetown College have been organizing for the past few months to put pressure on their Board of Trustees to enact a policy not to discriminate against people just because of their sexual orientation for either employment or enrollment.

Scott County KFTC members have been working in solidarity with activists on the campus, helping to think through strategy and pitching in as we can – and there have been a series of great events, meetings, and local communications work to help move the campaign forward.

But for the next 10 days, the campaign is kicking into high gear with an incredible series of events including speakers, a concert, a day of silence, a vigil, rally, silent disco, and even a camping expedition on campus' main lawn. 

If you're in the area, please join us for one or more events.  And look for pictures afterwards on this blog to see how things turn out.   

KFTC thanks Gov. Beshear, mayors for their bold action on House Bill 279

KFTC has sent a letter to Gov. Steve Beshear thanking him for his "wise decision" to veto House Bill 279.

ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner

Keynote Speaker: James Esseks, counsel in DOMA case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Tickets required.

Uphold the Veto of HB 279!

Responding to overwhelming public opposition, on Friday Gov. Steve Beshear vetoed House Bill 279.

The bill drew opposition from the state’s own Human Rights Commission, mayors of Covington, Louisville and Lexington, dozens of organizations including KFTC, and some religious leaders and faith communities.

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