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UPCOMING: Statewide Fairness Summit this Saturday!

January 13, 2010

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

Saturday, January 16
9 AM – 5 PM

Paul Sawyier Public Library
319 Wapping Street
Frankfort, KY

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


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.

Tomorrow, October 6
4 PM

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

Dismantling Racism Sessions

Wednesday, October 7
6 PM

Fairness Campaign Office
2263 Frankfort Avenue

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

UPCOMING: Fairness Campaign endorses National Equality March, October 10-11, 2009

September 9, 2009

Fairness Campaign has endorsed the National Equality March, set to take place on October 11th, 2009 in Washington, D.C. The march, sparked by the long-time activist and Harvey Milk confidant Cleve Jones, is set to be one of the biggest events this year targeting gay and lesbian rights.

The march will be one of a kind, with various groups and progressive organizations from legislative districts around the country joining together to demand equal protection in every area of civil law. The event will deal with a wide range of issues, from the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, adoption rights, Hate Crimes legislation and more. The march is being put together by Equality Across America, a new community organizing group focused on GLBTQ rights. The goal: declaring equal rights for all.

You can be a part of this once in a lifetime event! Fairness is offering travel and hotel packages, all aimed at making it affordable for you to go. Details are listed below. Folks of all ages and all backgrounds are will be there, as the event will truly be a monumental and inspiring one.

Bus + Four People per Room = $121
Bus + Three People per Room = $128
Bus + Two People per Room = $140
Bus + One Person per Room = $225
Bus Fare ONLY (NO hotel accommodations) = $75

Washington Plaza Hotel
Ten Thomas Circle, NW
Washington, DC 20005

*Bus reservations established upon receipt of $75 by check, cash or credit card. Hotel fees and charges paid upon checkout at hotel. Charges can be split among attendees.

The deadline to reserve your seat is September 18 at 5 PM. Please email Kyle Riggs or call (502) 893-0788.

Also, if you do need help paying for the trip, Fairness is offering grants up to $50 to help you out. But you better hurry, grants are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Supporters can also donate $150, $250 and $500 to become official sponsors of the event.

For more info, please visit Fairness’s Facebook event or the Equality Across America Web site.

GOING OUT – SATURDAY: Fleur de Lez’s Sweet Heat Party

August 21, 2009

Sweet heat! It’s a party!

The ladies of Fleur de Lez are throwing a ball and you’re invited! If you’re into dancing, spoken word poetry and just having a good time in general, the Sweet Heat party (what an awesome name) should be on your to-do list this weekend. It’s free, but there is a cash bar for cocktails, with all proceeds going to Fairness Campaign and Fleur de Lez. Stop on by!

Speaking of Fairness, it’s not too late to volunteer for the KY State Fair. They’re still looking for people to fill in some shifts — plus you get in free! Call (502) 893-0788 or email to sign up.

Tomorrow, August 22
9 PM-1 AM

Fierce Fitness Studio
1806 Frankfort Ave (next to Sweet Surrender)


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

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


Tomorrow: Laugh-Out Proud at Comedy Caravan, 8-11 PM

June 29, 2009

With the news about Michael Jackson and Farrah’s (and Billy Mays!) deaths, and the Iranian and Honduran crises, you probably need a good laugh right about now.

Comedy Caravan is here to help! The annual Kentuckiana Pride Festival event will feature Fairness Campaign‘s standout Kyle Riggs, along with several different acts from across the country who will have you in tears. Can you think of a better way to end pride month?

Don’t believe me? Watch our resident funnyman for yourself:

Tuesday, June 30
8-11 PM

Comedy Caravan
1250 Bardstown Road

$8 online; $10 at the door
Purchase tickets here.

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.

WEDNESDAY: A Fair Future for Kentucky forum in Richmond, KY

June 15, 2009

equalityCalling all social activists and allies for change!

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is participating in a series of engaging forums about sexual orientation and gender identity, all pertaining to the Kentucky Civil Rights Act. The act in its current form does not include protection from discrimination for GLBTQ people, despite KCHR’s endorsements for revising it. There will be a panel of officials from KCHR (including Fairness Campaign‘s Carla Wallace), who will articulate their views about the act and why it needs to be amended. KET‘s Renee Shaw will be moderating the sessions.

And YOU can be a part of it! The panel will be taking questions from audience members, so if you want to make your voice heard, this is the time to do it. These sessions will also be broadcast on local TV, so your presence can help send a powerful signal to the viewing masses. Spread the word, bring a friend and speak out against discrimination in the Bluegrass!

Wednesday, June 17
6-8:30 PM


City Hall
239 W. Main St
Richmond, KY