This blog will be shutting down.

November 8, 2010 by

Hi everyone,

Due to my involvement with the Fairness Campaign and other activities, I’ve decided that it will be best to shut down this page and all related spheres with Queer Louisville. Unfortunately, I’m not left with much time to do provide updates anymore. I will dismantle the blog beginning today.

I highly encourage you to become a fan of the Fairness Campaign to stay up to date with current information about LGBT events, resources and issues.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know; I am at your
service. Thank you for your commitment and for being a part of Queer
Louisville.

Best,
Keith

TOMORROW: Kentuckians Value Fairness Day – we need you!

February 23, 2010 by

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Tomorrow marks one of the most important days of the year for achieving statewide fairness and you can be part of it.

The Fairness Campaign, the ACLU of KY, Kentucky Fairness Alliance and a host of other progressive groups throughout the state will be driving down to the state capital tomorrow to take part in Kentuckians Value Fairness Day, which will be a call to action for legislators to pass a statewide fairness bill.

Even if you’ve never lobbied, you are still encouraged to come. There will be training throughout the morning, with various groups speaking to legislators. If you are in need of a ride, the Fairness Campaign will be carpooling at their office (2263 Frankfort Ave.) at 8 AM.

The event culmulnates at 1 PM with the “Rally in the Rotunda,” which includes testimonies by legislators, students and everyday folks like you who support passing fairness protections for all citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

A schedule of events throughout the day:

8:00 a.m.- Carpool from Fairness office (2263 Frankfort Ave., Louisville)
9:00 a.m. – Lobby Training, Capitol Annex Room 131
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Legislative Meetings
1:00 p.m. – Rally, Capitol Rotunda

For more info, please visit the Facebook event or call the Fairness Campaign office at (502) 893-0788. Your legislators need to hear from YOU, so don’t be afraid to share your story and passion about why this matters to you!

WHEN:
Wednesday, February 24
9:00am – 2:00 PM

WHERE:
State Capitol
Frankfort, Kentucky

UPCOMING: Statewide Fairness Summit this Saturday!

January 13, 2010 by

I haven’t been able to post in a while, but what a perfect way to kick of the new year with some big news!

The Statewide Fairness Coalition, a group of progressive organizations around the state (which includes Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Fairness and ACLU-KY) is hosting its second annual Statewide Fairness Summit this weekend, where activists, community organizers and friends of fairness and social justice come to together to make some change in the Bluegrass.

The goal? To create a legislative strategy which includes:

-fighting anti-gay legislation
-passing a statewide fairness law
-protecting GLBTQ Kentuckians from discrimination
-learning to lobby

This event is FREE and open to all who come. Registration is required, but breakfast and lunch are provided. So bring a friend and come!

And, if you’re a student, you get FREE hotel lodging and travel subsides if you RSVP by January 14, Thursday, 12 PM.

To RSVP, please email kyle@fairness.org.

WHEN:
Saturday, January 16
9 AM – 5 PM

WHERE:
Paul Sawyier Public Library
319 Wapping Street
Frankfort, KY

HOW MUCH:
Free; if student traveling out of town, subsides  and hotels are available (costs covered)

GOING OUT: Dining Out for Life, Wednesday, December 2nd

December 1, 2009 by

Happy December!

In light of World AIDS Day and HIV awareness, Dining Out for Life in Louisville gets set for another year. The premise of DOFL? You dine out, and the restaurant donates proceeds that day to HIV/AIDS organizations. For our city, that will be the House of Ruth.

To get in on this, find a participating restaurant and go chow down!

WHEN:
Tomorrow, December 2
All Day

WHERE:
Participating restaurants in Louisville (find a restaurant)

GOING OUT: 5th Annual Out and About Gala by Kentucky Fairness Alliance

November 13, 2009 by

Hi everyone!

I haven’t had a lot of time to blog recently, but I wanted to mention one big — MAJOR — event coming this weekend.

The Kentucky Fairness Alliance is holding its Fifth Annual About & About Gala this Saturday, to be held at the State Historic Theater in Elizabethtown, KY. And you can get in on the action!

KFA has set up a limo to leave from Louisville to Elizabethtown, but this isn’t just an ordinary limo. There’s an open bar, dinner and other great ammenities. And of course, fabulous company!

The tickets are only $75, benefitting the Kentucky Fairness Alliance. If you want to buy one, contact Chris Hartman at chris@fairness.org or call (502) 640-1095. It’s not too late to get seats!

WHEN:
Tomorrow, Saturday, November 14
7PM – Midnight

WHERE:
209 West Dixie Highway
Elizabethtown, KY
LIMO from Louisville-Elizabethtown: Contact Chris Hartman by email or call (502) 640-1095

HOW MUCH:
$75

FAIRNESS X: Celebrate 10 years of Fairness this weekend!

October 23, 2009 by

10 years of fairness calls for a blowout!

Come celebrate this weekend with the Fairness Campaign as they commemorate the anniversary of the “Fairness Ordinance” in Louisville, which bans discrimination against gays and lesbians in the public arena. Louisville is one of the first cities in the south to have such an ordinance, so why not give props to the people who helped make it happen (and those who are still pushing for equality in the state)?

Fairness X is actually in two parts:

1) Friends of Fairness will be throwing house parties all over the city. Be it a barbecue or a formal dinner, guests are welcome to come to these closed, but festive parties. Donations are expected and vary from party to party. For more info about attending a party and contact info, please email Chris Hartman.

2) The night rounds out with an “X-plosion” at the Monkey Wrench, with live music by DJ Ninja and Lady J and drinks provided by Brown-Forman. Fairness leaders from 1991-1999 will be recognized and all guests get a commemorative pin! It’s only $20 ($10 after midnight), but isn’t 10 years of fighting for fairness priceless?

WHEN:
Saturday, October 24th
All-day

WHERE:
House parties, contact Chris Hartman

Fairness X-plosion at Monkey Wrench
1025 Barret Avenue

HOW MUCH:
Varies; $20 suggestion donation for Fairness X-plosion  at Monkey Wrench ($10 after midnight)

TONIGHT: Reading of the “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later,” at Actors Theatre

October 12, 2009 by

Actors Theatre of Louisville will be putting on a stage reading of “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later” in memory of the tragic and violent death of Matthew Shepard. The reading is actually part of a country-wide event, as hundreds of theaters will also be putting on readings and performances at the same time. After the reading there will be a discussion to follow, which the audience can participate in.

This event is free to attend, but tickets are required. Visit the box office to pick them up or call (502) 584-1205 to make reservations.

WHEN:
Tonight, 8 PM

WHERE:
Actors Theatre of Louisville
316 W. Main Street

HOW MUCH:
Free

BREAKING: Fairness Campaign announces boycott of Woody’s Tavern

October 5, 2009 by

Fairness Campaign has released a statement announcing the boycott of Woody’s Tavern. The owner, David Norton, has once again been accused of making racist and volatile comments to customers in his bar. If you have been following this story, Norton drove a group of students and a professor out of his bar a year ago due to racist and sexist comments, which he publicly apologized for almost two month ago.

Unfortunately, it looks like Norton has not learned his lesson and that his apology was meant only for the cameras. Some of the remarks  Norton is accused of saying include “trashy faggots,” and “Look at their skin color. You know what’s on the tip of my tongue” in reference to African-American patrons.

It’s truly sad to witness this horribly blatant form of prejudice coming from our own community. Fairness Campaign will be announcing the boycott outside of Woody’s at 4 PM tomorrow, followed by a discussion during their monthly Dismantling Racism meetings on Wednesday (details below). The University of Louisville will also have a public forum about the events on October 28 (time and location to be determined).

All are encouraged to attend. Please spread the word to family, friends and those who you know within the community.

WHEN:
Tomorrow, October 6
4 PM

WHERE:
Woody’s Tavern
208 E. Burnett Street (corner of Brook and E. Burnett St)

Dismantling Racism Sessions

WHEN:
Wednesday, October 7
6 PM

WHERE:
Fairness Campaign Office
2263 Frankfort Avenue

TONIGHT: Black Women’s Anti-Homophobia Campaign Presents: Black Lesbian Life Stories

October 3, 2009 by

The University of Louisville’s Saturday Academy brings you Black Lesbian Life Stories. Join in as a panel discusses their own experiences on being both black and gay. The discussion will be moderated by University of Louisville professor Dr. Kaila Story, who is also the Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The first 25 to come will also receive a complementary beverage from Blue Mountain Coffeehouse. The event also includes a performance by Heaven and Earth 360.

WHEN:
Tonight, October 3
5-7 PM

WHERE:
Blue Mountain Coffeehouse and Tapas Bar (Corner of Preston and Main)
400 E Main St

HOW MUCH:
Free

GOING OUT: Hard Candy One-Year Anniversary and G3 Soiree

September 30, 2009 by

What happens when two big, fabulous events collide? KABAAM! More fabulousness!

Hotel Nightclub and G3 Illustrated are joining forces to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Hard Candy, Hotel’s gay entertainment night aimed at the GLBTQ community and G3’s monthly soiree, which has had a steady following.

This event is going to be BIG. Why? Well, for one Onch Movement is going to be there, along with Stephen Hampton from MTV’s Paris Hilton’s My New BFF. And then DJ Syimone and the Ladykillers are also going to be DJing, so the music will be off the chain. Oh, and did I mention that the event has NO cover?

Bring your friends and dress to impress, red carpet style! If you want to reserve a table, call Daniel Cole at (502) 548.4082 or send him an email. This will surely be a gay night!

WHEN:
Tomorrow, October 1
8 PM – 4 AM

WHERE:
Hotel Nightclub
410 S. Fourth Street

HOW MUCH:
Free


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