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TOMORROW: Kentuckians Value Fairness Day – we need you!

February 23, 2010


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!

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

State Capitol
Frankfort, Kentucky


BREAKING: Woody’s owner to apologize for racist, sexist remarks

August 14, 2009

David Norton, the owner of Woody’s Bar in Louisville who was accused of making homophobic and racist epithets against a college professor and students last year, has agreed to a public apology. Fairness Campaign, who sent out a press release this morning, will be present and will also make a statement, along with Dr. Kaila Story and others involved in the incident.

6:30 PM

Woody’s Bar
208 E. Burnett

MISSING: Robert Botts – Can you help?

August 5, 2009

Robert Botts, a friend to many in the gay community, has been missing since last week. Robert is white, 44-years-old, 230 lbs., with brown hair and grey eyes. He was last seen on July 30th, Thursday, at 11:30 PM. His car, a silver Saturn Ion with license plate number 139JLT was found at South Shelby Street and East Kentucky around the same time. His family has not been able to reach him since that night.

If you have any details, please call the Louisville Metro Police Department at (502) 574-LMPD or e-mail There is also a Facebook group raising awareness about his disappearance. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!

FRIDAY – WFPL to cover GLBTQ Activism in Louisville

June 11, 2009

WFPL’s State of Affairs will be doing a live broadcast on Friday covering the history of GLBTQ activism in Louisville, in celebration of pride month. You can participate by calling 1-877-814-TALK, or by sending an email to I’m not sure about the details of the program or who’s speaking, but be sure to tune in!

(Thanks to @funambulator on Twitter for the tip! You can also follow State of Affairs on Twitter as well:

Friday, June 12
1-2 P.M.

Your Radio – 89.3 FM
Streaming Internet Broadcast (feeds):

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.

Tuesday, May 26th
6 p.m.

Hall of Justice
S 6th St & W Jefferson St

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.

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.

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.

Commentary: Marriage Equality highlights and signs of hope

April 11, 2009

While this isn’t necessarily related to Louisville, some major things happened this week:

The Iowa Supreme Court overturned a ban restricting marriage to heterosexuals. The ruling was unanimous and overturned the 10-year old ban. A little later in the week a bill proposed to reject same-sex marriage was shot down in the House.

The Vermont legislature passes a measure allowing marriage between same-sex couples. While vetoed by Governor Davis, the Senate overrode the veto 23-5; it was overrode by the House in a much closer vote of 100-49, with one vote separating the difference. This makes Vermont the fourth state to legalize gay marriage and the first  through legislative process.

Washington D.C. voted to recognize marriages between same-sex couples. Marriages that are valid in other states that currently allow gay marriage will be legal in D.C. The vote was 12-0, making it unanimous.

This is great news for not only the GLBTQ community, but America. While we still have 46 other states to go, including California (in which the Supreme Court has about 53 days to hand down a decision about Prop 8), it’s a definite sign that things are changing for the better. Not to mention that we have a fantastic president who actually supports gay rights.

Whether same-sex marriage foes like it or not, equality is on its way, faster than ever.  Other regions around the world, such as Norway and Sweden, have recently allowed it, but how long will it take for universal acceptance here? Nate Silver from FiveThirtyEight compiled a chart estimating when states would legalize same-sex marriages. While several states in the South have some ways to go, it is very possible that gay marriage will be universally legal in about 25 years. For Kentucky, it’s about 8-11 years.

That’s not that long at all. Until then, the fight for equality wins a huge battle in the neverending war for civil rights.