Archive for October, 2009

FAIRNESS X: Celebrate 10 years of Fairness this weekend!

October 23, 2009

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

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

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

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