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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?

Saturday, October 24th

House parties, contact Chris Hartman

Fairness X-plosion at Monkey Wrench
1025 Barret Avenue

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


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.

Tonight, October 3
5-7 PM

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


The University of Lousiville’s PRIDE Week and more!

September 23, 2009

I definitely take the blame for not blogging about this earlier, but the University of Louisville’s Pride Week is this week, with LOTS of great events.

It’s not too late to get involved. A complete schedule is listed, but the keynote event will be an address by transgenders activist Calpernia Adams and Andrea James on Thursday, 7-9 PM in the Humanities building, room 100, with an after party immediately following at Starbase Q.

Check out the Facebook events and the full schedule below!

Monday, September 21
11:30 AM-2 PM
Pride Kickoff Cookout with music, LGBT vendors, free Pride shirts, and more!
West Lawn, Red Barn

Tuesday, September 22
12 PM
Brown Bag Lunch: Why Gender Neutral Restrooms Matter
Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice
Ekstrom Library

7-9 PM
Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales
Starring E. Patrick Johnson
Strickler 101

Wednesday, September 23
11:30 AM
International Tea/Lunch
LGBT Issues Abroad
Cultural Center

3 PM
Women’s and Gender Studies Fall Lecture Series
Dr. Yaba A. Blay
“Rude gon Batty: The Paradox in Dancehall Masculinity”
Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library

7-9 PM
CommonGround Parents Night with PFLAG
Cultural Center, Multipurpose Room

Thursday, September 24
5-7 PM
LGBT Alumni Reception
University Club
Hosted by Kentucky Fairness Alliance and Mark England

7 -9 PM
Pride Keynote Address by Calpernia Addams and Andrea James
Humanities 100

9 PM
After Party for Calpernia and Andrea
Hosted by Sienna
Starbase Q (21 and over)

Friday, September 25
12-1 PM
Pride Interfaith Service
Interfaith Center

2 PM
Women’s and Gender Studies Maddox Prize Lecture
“Contemplatively (Re)Visioning the Transsexual Self: Gender as Transformative Exercise in Calpernia Addams”
Brice Nordquist
Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library

9-11:30 PM
Pride Wrap Up Dance Party
Red Barn

Sunday, September 27
11 PM
Pride Service
Community Empowerment Center
1036 Euclid Avenue

Tuesday, September 29
12 PM
Keys to the Door: ENDA, Transgender Identity, and Community
Room 275, Brandeis School of Law
Hosted by the Law School Diversity Committee and the Lambda Law Caucus

TONIGHT: Concert for Fairness at the Metropolitan Community Church

September 19, 2009

If you’ve got no plans tonight, the Metropolitan Community Church is throwing a concert. In celebration of the Fairness Ordinance’s 10th anniversary, MCC is hosting an awesome night of music for the Fairness Campaign.

Whether you’re into contemporary to smooth jazz, the concert will be a lot of fun and is open to all. The event is free, so come out for a night of celebration and show support for our faith-based allies!

Tonight, 8-11 PM

Metropolitan Community Church
1432 Highland Ave

GOING OUT: Tonight – A Walk to Remember at HOTEL

September 10, 2009

HOTEL Nightclub will be hosting a special Hard Candy event tonight for the Louisville AIDS Walk, which takes place on Sunday. While the events are normally free, all attendees are expected to donate a minimum of $5, to help benefit the AIDS Walk. If you have been reading the blog, the Walk has suffered from a huge drop in sponsorships, so they need all the help they can get.

AIDS Walk representatives will be there if you want to sign up (it’s not too late  to donate or register either, please visit the Web site to do so). DJ Syimone will also be spinning and $4 Absolut Vodka specials are on the cocktail list, so come on out and support a good cause!

Tonight, September 10
11 PM – 4 AM

HOTEL Nightclub
410 South 4th St

$5 (suggested donation)

COMING UP: Be Creative. Be Safe. Postcards – An event for World AIDS Day

August 24, 2009

In celebration of World AIDS Day, STARViN-ARTiST Gallery is doing something really special, if not remarkable.

The gallery, which recently moved to the heart of the Original Highlands on Baxter Avenue, will be having an HIV/AIDS fundraiser called, “Be Creative. Be Safe. Postcards,” a series in which artists will be selling original pieces, all to benefit clients who provide services for those living with HIV/AIDS.

Here’s the fun part. The series will feature all kinds of artists, from those entering their very first show to icons within the local art scene. All works will be sold for $35, but you won’t find out who did the piece until after you purchase it.

The event is actually in two parts. First comes the preview show, on November 27; a sneak peak of the works, which is open to the public. The benefit sale takes place the following Tuesday on December 1. All pieces are first-come, first-serve and you can also enter a raffle to win an original work! Even if you don’t buy anything, you are encouraged to attend. Admission to the preview show is $35, but the benefit sale will only set you back $5. And all of this is meant to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, so why not get involved in helping stop this epidemic?

ARTISTS: If you want to be a part of the series and contribute a piece, please contact the studio at the address below to obtain a submission form or send an email:

Be Creative. Be Safe. Postcards
c/o Starvin-Artist Gallery
608 Baxter Avenue
Louisville, Kentucky 40204

Deadline for submissions is November 1. Also, if you submit a piece, you get in free!

Preview Show
Friday, November 27
8-10 PM

Benefit Sale
Tuesday, December 1
6-10 PM

608 Baxter Avenue

Preview Show: $35
Benefit Sale: $5

The Louisville AIDS Walk NEEDS your help! Sign up and donate today!

August 20, 2009

In less than a month, the Louisville AIDS Walk will celebrate its 17th year — will you be part of it?

Since 1993, the Walk has united Louisvillians of all backgrounds to join against the struggle of AIDS, stand with those living with HIV and remember loved ones who have passed on. The event, which is the largest fundraiser in the state for this issue, helps clients who provide services and treatment for those living with HIV or AIDS.

Unfortunately, times have been tough for everyone, including the AIDS Walk. Due to the recession many sponsors have had to withdraw their contributions or give less. Just as worse, participation has dropped significantly. Last year, 130 AIDS Walk teams took part and $41,000 was raised through online donations. As of right now, there are only 58 teams and only $4,900 has been raised, which is just over 1/10 of last year’s amount.

But it’s not too late to get involved! Louisville AIDS Walk has traditionally seen a huge rise in donations and signups the month before the event. Even though the dip in activity is steep, a lot can be done within 24 days.

How do you get involved? It’s easy. Sign up as an individual or as part of a team. Just go to the Web site ( and create your own profile. Once this is set up, visitors can sponsor you or your team through donations (which are tax deductible). You can also download a pledge form and collect donations in person. If you want to take it to the next level, you can also become a sponsor of the event at various levels.

And just as important, PASS THIS ON. There are thousands of people who live with HIV or AIDS around the state who depend on treatment and services the AIDS Walk help funds. Despite the advances in medicine, AIDS cases continue to increase and the rates of HIV infections have grown in Kentucky, as funding for care has dropped. Your donations and commitment to the cause will not only help those in need, but stop the spread of this epidemic and the devastation it brings to them and their families’ lives.

For more information, please contact Brad Hampton at (502) 574-5947 or by email or visit the Web site.

Saturday, September 13
1 PM: Opening Ceremonies
2 PM: 5k Run
3 – 5 PM: Walk/Pet Walk

The Belvedere
500 W. Main Street

GOING OUT x 2: Fleur de Lez Happy Hour / The Jarics at HOTEL’s Hard Candy

August 13, 2009

Two awesome things are going on tonight … think you can handle it?

First, our blogging sisters Fluer de Lez, a site for queer women in Louisville, is hosting their first ever Happy Hour at Zanzabar, the site of last week’s G3 Illustrated soiree. Zanzabar was known as the happening spot in the past decade and after recent renovations and a successful opening, they may take back that title. There will be drink specials tonight (of course), but you’ll also get a chance to meet some fellow members in your community!

After that, you can head on downtown to Hotel‘s Hard Candy, a monthly night of GLBTQ entertainment, and meet The Jarics! Aden and Jordan Jaric, two of Falcon Studio‘s hottest stars, will be the honorary hosts, giving away prizes and mingling with the crowd. Hotel is also making this summer steamier with $4 Absolut cocktails the entire night! And it’s FREE!

Fleur de Lez Happy Hour

6:30 – 9 PM

2100 S Preston Street

Free, drink specials all night

The Jarics at Hotel’s Hard Candy

10 PM – 4 AM

410 S. Fourth Street


SATURDAY, July 18: Fairness Over Louisville at the Hyatt Regency Hotel

July 15, 2009

Got nothing to do this weekend? Get out your high-heel shoes and swanky jacket. We’re going downtown!

Friends and allies of Fairness Campaign are hosting “Fairness Over Louisville,” a night of fun, cocktails and entertainment way up in the sky at Louisville’s renown Hyatt hotel. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drink specials as you rotate (literally) over Louisville. $20 dollars gets you in, but you are highly encouraged to donate as all proceeds go to Fairness. (And why not? Fairness has been fighting for your rights for a while, isn’t it time you honor them more with a toast?)

Saturday, July 18
8 PM-12 AM

Hyatt Regency Hotel
320 West Jefferson Street


PRIDE 2009: Your complete round-up of this weekend’s events

June 17, 2009

Hi everyone! Unfortunately I will be out of town for this year’s Kentuckiana Pride Festival, so I’ve compiled a roundup of this year’s major events. Please note that you can visit the KPF’s Web site for more details. Happy pride month!


Friends of Pride Reception
When: 8 PM
Where: Belvedere (Between 4th and 6th St)
Why you should go: Come celebrate pride low-key style on Louisville’s beautiful Waterfront Park Plaza.


Kentuckiana Pride Festival Parade
When: 8 PM-10 PM
Where: Beginning at Tryangles (209 S Preston St); ending at the Belvedere
Why you should go: This parade will be like no other, as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and Fairness Campaign‘s 10th birthday!


Kentuckiana Pride Festival
When: All-day
Where: Belvedere
How much: $5
Why you should go: This is one of the BIGGEST events for GLBTQ people in the Louisville area. Need I say more?

Fairness Over Pride Party
When: 8 PM-12 AM
Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel
320 West Jefferson St
How much: $20 (all proceeds benefit the Fairness Campaign)
Why you should go: Let’s see … h’ordeuvres, cocktails and who’s who of Louisville, all in the iconic Hyatt hotel spiral? Not a bad deal.