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TOMORROW: Kentuckians Value Fairness Day – we need you!

February 23, 2010

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

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!

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

WHERE:
State Capitol
Frankfort, Kentucky

Kentuckians Value Fairness – Recap and photos from last week

March 2, 2009

So, I was a little behind on posting the photos from KVF Day last Wednesday, but they have now been uploaded!

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The rally drew hundreds of people from all over the state and various speakers, including a gay couple with a daughter, added to the magnetic and incredible atmosphere. To see the rest of the photos, visit the Queer Louisville Flickr page.

What kind of press did we get? Quite a bit (tips c/o Jacob Wellington) …

WHAS-TV (video)

Courier-Journal (photo album here)

Lexington Herald-Leader

Progressive Democrats of America

National Gay News Web site

LEO

Planet Transgender

Towleroad

Yahoo News

And we still need your help! SB 68, the nasty bill that will prevent unmarried (read: gay) couples from adopting is still up in the air in the legislature, so it is critical that you write your senator! Find yours by clicking here and feel free to call the weekly hotline at (800) 372-7181. Let them know how you really feel about this discriminatory, hateful measure and how devastating it would be for KY families and the commonwealth as a whole.

Reminder: Kentuckians Value Fairness TOMORROW in Frankfort

February 24, 2009

We’re skipping the Music Tuesdays post to talk about one the most important days of the year for the GLBTQ community in the Bluegrass State and how you can be a part of it.

Kentuckians Value Fairness Day takes place tomorrow in Frankfort, culminating a statewide event for equal rights. Gay advocate and progressive groups around the region will be speaking with legislators and rallying in the rotunda for a state law that will prevent discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on sexual orientation and gender. They’ll also be speaking out against the nasty SB 68 that has received a lot of coverage.

The following information is provided by the Fairness Campaign, who will be carpooling from Louisville at 7 a.m. Please call (502) 893-0788 for further details. If you are completely new to lobbying, feel free to meet up with the folks from Fairness! Here’s their schedule:

8:30 a.m.: Meeting and Lobby Training in Capitol Annex 111
9 a.m.-Noon: Meet with Legislators
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Rally in Rotunda

There will be countless other groups there, including the Kentucky Fairness Alliance, ACLU of Kentucky, University of Louisville’s Common Ground, University of Kentucky Gay-Straight Alliance,  all gathering for the major rally at 12:30 p.m. If you are able to come, use vacation time or can carpool, please do it! Your presence will not only show legislators how much you care about this issue, but present a collective and public affirmation that discrimination should not be part of Kentucky’s legacy.

WHEN:
Tomorrow, February 25
All Day, starting at 8 a.m.

WHERE:
Capitol Building
700 Capitol Ave
Frankfort, KY 40601-3410

DIRECTIONS TO FRANKFORT:

Louisville: Take 1-64 to exit number 53-B to Highway 127 (Northbound) Drive North on 127 to intersection of 127 and 676 (the East-West Connector). Turn Right on Rt 676. Go down the hill. At the stoplight at the bottom of the hill, turn left onto Rt 420. (If you cross over the KY River you’ve gone to far.) Follow Rt 420 as it runs parallel to the Kentucky River. Parking Garage will be on your left.

Lexington: Take either 1-64 or U.S. 60 to Frankfort. From 1-64, take exit 58 and turn right onto US 60. Follow U.S. 60 past the East-West Connector, also called Rt 676. Stay on US 60 as it bends sharply to the left and becomes East Main Street. Follow this road towards downtown Frankfort.

Cincinnati: Merge onto 1-71 S (crossing into Kentucky). Continue until 1-71 S becomes 1-75 S. Merge onto the 1-64 W via Exit 118. Make a right on US-127 N Exit, exit number 53-B toward Frankfort. Turn right onto US-60/Louisville Road and make a right onto Lafayette Dr. Make a left onto Shelby St. and then turn right onto W State St.

Politics: Two gay-related state bills and Kentuckians Value Fairness Day

February 16, 2009

We have two bills affecting the GLBTQ community in Kentucky; one’s good and one’s straight-up ugly, but you can get involved in both.

equalityLet’s start with the bad. Senate Bill 68, proposed by state senator Gary Tapp from Shelbyville seeks to remove adoption rights for gay and lesbian couples and unmarried heterosexual couples. The bill is horribly similar to a measure passed in Arkansas last November that prohibited gays from adopting. Fairness Campaign dubbed the bill “Kids Lose Homes, Kentuckians Lose Millions Act” and points out its highly-deceptive wording, which eliminates foster care or adoption by individuals “cohabiting with a sexual partner outside of a marriage that is legally valid in Kentucky.” You can find your state senator by clicking here and call-in and express your disapproval of the bill. When talking with them, don’t be afraid to tell them why the bill is bad for Kentucky; mention that the measure will not only write  discrimination into state law but add an unnecessary burden to Kentucky’s budget woes, as the state will have to supplement millions for foster care. You can also watch the bill’s progress online (registration required).

House Bill 48 on the other hand would grant protections for gay and lesbian citizens in Kentucky. The bill, if approved, will amend KRS 403.720 to “include dating partners among the class of persons allowed to obtain domestic violence protective orders” and also amend KRS 431.005 to “reference the definition of ‘unmarried couple’ in KRS 403.720.” The HB 48 Action Group is asking people to call-in to Frankfort and encourage support of the bill. Starting tomorrow, you can dial 1-800-372-7181 Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Ask to speak with Kelly Flood, a member of the House Judiciary Committee and ally for fairness.

These bills lead up to one of the most important days of the year for political awareness and action: Kentuckians Value Fairness Day. On February 25th, Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Fairness Alliance, ACLU of Kentucky and a host of other GLBTQ and progressive organizations around the state will head to Frankfort for the entire day, rallying in the capitol building rotunda and speaking with local and state leaders for a bill prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender. There will be more info about this later in the week, but you can details about the event here.

If you’ve never done anything political in your life, this is the perfect opportunity. You may go to Frankfort intimidated and skeptical about whether or not your local legislators actually care about gay issues, but you’ll leave the capitol energized and empowered with a feeling that you have, in your own way, made a difference. I cannot stress enough that many of them are very supportive of equal rights and are always interested in what their constituents have to say. If you have a personal story about discrimination or know someone who has been a victim, we need your voice! You won’t be alone, so join us!