Archive for May, 2009

BIG NEWS: Day of Decision – CA Supreme Court to rule on Prop 8 Tuesday, May 26th

May 23, 2009

equalityThe California Supreme Court will be ruling on the lawsuits against Proposition 8 this Tuesday, the day after Memorial Day. Many around the country are preparing for the ruling, also known as Day of Decision. The timing seems to be more than a coincidence, as it falls close to Harvey Milk’s birthday, the 1978 White Night Riots and the upcoming 40th anniversary of Stonewall.

Cities around the country will either hold a protest (if Prop 8 is upheld and the 18,000 marriages at stake are annulled or only if Prop 8 is upheld but the marriages are allowed to stand) or celebration (if Prop 8 is struck down and the 18,000 marriages in question are allowed to stand).

Louisville’s complete list of events can be found here and on Facebook. For more details, please contact Kyle Riggs.

WHEN:
Tuesday, May 26th
6 p.m.

WHERE:
Hall of Justice
S 6th St & W Jefferson St

KY Public Health Dept. hosts HIV/AIDS Conference in Louisville, May 20-22

May 20, 2009

If you haven’t heard, Kentucky’s Department for Public Health is organizing an HIV/AIDS conference this week, addressing the status of the epidemic in Kentucky. The event runs from today to Friday. Michael Saag, Director of the Center for AIDS Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is scheduled to speak.

More details can be found here. All health professionals and those living with HIV/AIDS are encouraged to attend.

WHEN:
May 20-22

WHERE:
Holiday Inn at Hurstborne
1325 S. Hurstborne Pkwy

HOW MUCH:
$125 (online registration)

Discrimination at Woody’s: One year later

May 20, 2009

While many are aware of the heinous McDonald’s incident that took place last summer that has now been resolved, a similar one happened the same year, which went somewhat unnoticed.

LEO Weekly documents the turmoil University of Louisville professor Dr. Kaila Story and several Black and GLBT friends faced at Woody’s, a gay bar located in Old Louisville. The background: Story and her friends were playing pool; two dogs were running around the bar and startled Story, who fell back on the pool table. David Norton, the owner of the bar, confronted Story by saying he didn’t want a “big girl” on the table. An argument later followed, which ended with Norton, according to Story and other patrons, saying anti-gay and racist epithets.

Coverage of the story hit the news stations shortly after, but there was never a formal protest against Woody’s, nor has the owner publicly apologized or acknowledged any wrongdoing. The one-year anniversary of  the  incident comes on the heels of the settlement in the McDonald’s anti-gay discrimination case. Some are wondering if race had played a part in reactions to both incidents.

Several actions have been made by Fairness Campaign, who are calling on the owner to apologize and make amends. For more details, check out LEO Weekly’s article.

IDAHO 2009 spreads its voice around the world

May 18, 2009

May 17th was recognized around the globe as the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, aka, IDAHO.  People from Malaysia, Mexico, Samoa, South Africa and many other places held events, rallies and protests, one of which happened in Moscow, which was violently broken up by the police (and also coincided with the Eurovision Song Contest, a popular annual event among gays).

One of the biggest highlights was a video collage, made by activists, entertainers  and everyday citizens, which left me speechless:

Participants needed for Kentuckiana Pride Festival Parade

May 18, 2009

Calling all attention-seekers!

Fairness Campaign and the Kentuckiana Pride Festival are looking for 24 volunteers to help with this year’s parade, one of several big events planned for pride month. The parade directly coincides with the 40th anniversary of Stonewall and Fairness’s 10th birthday. Volunteers will be asked to carry balloon packs and photos of GLBTQ trailblazers, along with looking fabulous in the parade!

The parade is scheduled for Friday, June 19th at 8 p.m., beginning at Tryangles on 209 S. Preston St. and ending at the Belvedere. If you want to help out, send an e-mail to Terry Fultineer.

Free movie night at Fairness tomorrow: Brother Outsider

May 13, 2009

Hey, are you doing anything on Thursday night?

In case you aren’t, Fairness Campaign will be having a screening of “Brother Outsider,” a documentary on Bayard Rustin, the late civil rights activist and advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King. Rustin, who was openly gay, helped organize the 1963 March on Washington and introduced Dr. King to Mahatma Ghandi’s teachings, which would heavily influence King’s efforts.

There will be drinks and snacks, so bring a friend!

WHEN:

Tomorrow, May 14
8-10 p.m.

WHERE:
Location:
Fairness Campaign Office
2263 Frankfort Ave

HOW MUCH:
Free

Going Out: Bent by Pandora Productions

May 11, 2009

Pandora Productions marvels us once again, this time with its production of Bent. The play, written by Martin Sherman in 1979, takes place in WWII-era Germany. We’re introduced to Max, a wealthy heir and closeted homosexual. As gays face persecution in Hitler’s rule, Max is forced to leave Berlin with his boyfriend Rudy, escaping to a forest before being captured by SS troops. They are ultimately discovered and sent to a concentration camp, as Max betrays Rudy and hides his sexuality, pretending to be Jewish for the sake of survival. The story then picks up from Max’s imprisonment. He finds solace through another prisoner, named Horst, who both form a friendship in the midst of hopeless circumstances.

According to recent reviews, Bent is one of the most moving, if not thought-provoking, plays put on by Pandora. We witness the brutal images of life during the Holocaust, but also hearty glimpses into human condition and notions of pride, identity and perseverance. There are still several shows left so don’t miss out on this spectacular production.

WHEN:
Friday, May 22
Sunday, May 24

WHERE:
Bunbury Theatre in the Henry Clay Building
604 South Third St.

HOW MUCH:
$15 pre-show
$17 day of show

Order tickets online here.

DoMA Protest wrap-up and more, via Hillbilly Report

May 10, 2009

The DoMA protest went exceedingly well yesterday, as it took place the same time the University of Louisville’s School of Law students were graduating. Senator ‘Ditch Mitch’ McConnell, who spoke, didn’t appear while we were out there, taking his usual ‘back door’ approach.

There was, however, a University of Louisville truck parked outside, blocking protestors. Just sayin’.

Please check out all the photos and the video below care of Jim Pence at the Hillbilly Report, to who we are very gracious for capturing what happened.

McConnell: Repeal DoMA protest, tomorrow 3:30-7 PM

May 8, 2009

It’s about time for DOMA to disappear. Who’s with me?

Don’t know what it is? Well, the age-old Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed by President Clinton 13 years ago, federally declared that marriages were only between a man and a woman, and, equally as important, that states didn’t have to recognize same-sex marriages. Since then, five states have allowed them, but many more have banned them via statute or amendment (KY bans any kind of same-sex union by amendment).

And guess who voted for it? Senator ‘Ditch Mitch’ McConnell.

There will be a protest tomorrow in conjunction with the University of Louisville’s School of Law graduation where McConnell will be present. The protest will take place outside out of respect for the graduates. For more details, please contact Curt Morrison or RSVP via the Facebook event.

WHEN:
Tomorrow, May 9th
3:30-7 PM

WHERE:
W.L. Lyons Brown Theater
315 West Broadway

VICTORY in McDonald’s anti-gay discrimination case

May 6, 2009
Photo courtesy of ACLU of Kentucky

Photo courtesy of ACLU of Kentucky

Today was a great day for equality as the McDonald’s anti-gay discrimination case finally came to an end.

Nine months ago, Ryan Marlatt, Teddy Eggers and three friends went to the McDonald’s on 420 E. Market and received not-so-happy, if not vile, service. Employees called Marlatt and Eggers several anti-gay slurs, which were practically dismissed by the manager. About three months later, Marlatt and Eggers returned to Louisville to join in a protest against that McDonald’s with Fairness Campaign, ACLU of Kentucky and the University of Louisville’s GLBTQ organization, Common Ground.

Today, the ACLU and Fairness held a press conference announcing a major victory. Marlatt and Eggers each will receive a cash settlement and management at 30 of Louisville-area McDonald’s must attend courses in diversity training.

Coverage of the event will be on tonight’s evening news. Check Fox41, WLKY and WAVE for a wrap-up of today’s event.