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March 22, 2012 - 15-Year Old Livingston Cty. Teen Takes Life to End Bullying

Just one week after Kentucky House Republicans struck down a stricter and more comprehensive anti-bullying law, a 15-year old Livingston County teenager has taken her own life to end the bullying she endured, according to a report from WPSD-TV. Concerned parents have planned a picket to call for stricter anti-bullying policies in front of Livingston County High School before the start of classes on Wednesday, March 28."This is exactly what we feared," shared Chris Hartman, a steering committee member of the Statewide Fairness Coalition, a group that advocated for the updated law. 

February 8, 2012 - Fairness Campaign Statement on Racist Photo Shared by Bar Owner

Late last week, Michael Flatt, owner of LGBT-themed Louisville bars Tryangles and Teddy Bears, posted a photo on his Facebook wall of President Ronald Reagan feeding a chimpanzee from the movie Bedtime for Bonzo with a racist caption identifying the ape as an infant President Barack Obama. Mr. Flatt claimed to not initially understand the inherently racist nature of the image, which understandably ignited a firestorm of opposition within the community. Early Monday morning, the Kentuckiana Gay Black Pride Association (KGBPA) announced a protest planned for Friday evening in front of Tryangles.  Read more...

September 29, 2011 - Fairness Campaign Celebrates 20+ Years With 21 Events in October

Brown-Forman Corporation partners with the Fairness Campaign to present "It's Thrilling How Far We've Come," a series of 21 events this October to celebrate 20-plus years of Fairness in Louisville. The myriad events, including a Heine Brothers "Fair Trade & Fairness" challenge, history panel discussion, poetry slam, Preservation Louisville partnership launch, interfaith celebration, "Walk, Run, & Roll Against Bullying," queer music, satire, juggling, drag show, and more culminates with a costume party and worldwide "Thriller" flashdance October 29, 7-11 p.m. at 21c, 700 West Main Street. The final event is free to the public with a $20 suggested donation.

September 16, 2011 - Highland Baptist Church Hosts Faith Leaders for Fairness Panel & Workshops Sept. 23, 9:30 a.m.

Faith Leaders for Fairness, a member of Kentucky's Statewide Fairness Coalition, will partner with Highland Baptist Church to host a panel discussion and series of workshops Friday, September 23, 9:30 a.m.-Noon. The panel discussion on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) inclusion in communities of faith will be moderated by Holly Knight, President of Louisville's Sienna Transgender Support Group, and feature Rabbi David Ariel-Joel of Louisville Temple, Highland Baptist Church's Pastor Joe Phelps, Father Michael Mernagh of Anamchara Fellowship, and Open Door Fellowship's Reverend Jeff Smith. Read more...

September 15, 2011 - Bereans for Fairness Launch New Ad Campaign

Bereans for Fairness today announced the launch of a new advertising campaign (appearing below) in The Berea Citizen highlighting pro-Fairness statements made by six of the town's eight City Council members. Taken from a October 2010 candidate survey published in The Berea Citizen, the statements mirror pro-Fairness sentiments expressed by the vast majority of interested Berea residents at a public forum held in June by a City Council Task Force. The event, which packed the Community School's New Gymnasium, allowed for pubic comment on Council passage of a local anti-discrimination Fairness ordinance and re-establishment of a Berea human rights commission. Thirty-five residents spoke in favor of a Fairness ordinance that night; eleven spoke against it.  Read more...

September 6, 2011 - Lexington Fair Housing Council to Announce Proposed Partnership with City of Berea on Fairness Ordinance

Lexington Fair Housing Council, which has actively investigated housing discrimination complaints in Kentucky for more than a decade, will appear alongside Bereans for Fairness at tonight's City Council meeting to announce a proposed partnership on Fairness ordinance housing complaint investigations at no cost to the City of Berea.  Read more...

August 30, 2011 - Berea, Richmond, and Madison County Governments Meet to Discuss Fairness

A countywide Human Rights Commission was one option put forward today at a joint meeting of Richmond, Berea, and Madison County government officials. Mayor Connelly of Berea noted that a joint commission would benefit the broader community by protecting as many as 86,000 Kentuckians. Read more...

August 17, 2011 - Fairness Campaign Unveils "Larger-Than-Life" Petition to KY Farm Bureau at State Fair Thurs., Aug. 18, 10:30AM

In an ongoing effort to raise public awareness of the Kentucky Farm Bureau's anti-Fairness policies, the Fairness Campaign will unveil "larger-than-life" petitions requesting the company's removal of the policies on opening day of the Kentucky State Fair. Fairness supporters will deliver the large petitions to the Kentucky Farm Bureau booth at the State Fair one week later on the official "Kentucky Farm Bureau Day," Thursday, August 25. The petition unveiling will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 18 at the Fairness booth in the Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center, South Wing C, Row X, booths 165-166.  Read more...

August 16, 2011 - Bereans for Fairness Release Fiscal Impact of Fairness Law to City Council

Through work with the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, a member of the Statewide Fairness Coalition, Bereans for Fairness Tuesday night presented to the Berea City Council and its Mayor Steve Connelly five viable Human Rights Commission models that would include anti-discrimination Fairness protections in employment, housing and public accommodations based on perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. Accompanying each model is its estimated annual fiscal impact to the City of Berea based on data from the commissions that currently enforce Fairness protections in Covington, Lexington, and Louisville.  Read more...

July 7, 2011 - ElderServe Commits to Fairness Campaign and LGBT Seniors

ElderServe, Inc., Metro Louisville's largest non-profit senior services organization, officially announces a partnership with the Fairness Campaign and commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors. The agency offers a variety of services to persons who are homebound and frail, as well as to persons who are well and active while providing a wide range of supportive human services that enable older persons to live secure and self-directed lives. The intent of the partnership is to establish greater communication between the LGBT community and ElderServe, both to increase LGBT seniors' knowledge of programs and services available to them and to better inform ElderServe of the unique needs and challenges of the aging LGBT community.  Read more...

June 7, 2011 - Fairness Director Named Grand Marshall of KY Pride Parade

The Kentuckiana Pride Foundation has named Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman grand marshal of the 2011 Kentuckiana Pride Parade in honor of the Campaign's 20th anniversary this June. To celebrate the Fairness Campaign's enduring legacy of civil rights work and legislative change in Louisville and Kentucky, a contingent of Fairness Campaign co-founders and elected officials who have voted for or sponsored Fairness laws will join Hartman along the parade route.  Read more... 

May 4, 2011 - Rep. Marzian and Panel of Others Address Bullying

State Representative Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville), sponsor of 2011 Kentucky House Bill 370 to expand school anti-bullying protections to include race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, and more, joins a panel of others hosted by Carmichael's Bookstore and the Fairness Campaign to address school bullying and Dan Savage and Terry Miller's popular book and internet video series, It Gets Better, Wednesday, May 11, 7 p.m. at Carmichael's Frankfort Avenue location. The panel, moderated by Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman, includes former Louisville Youth Group (LYG) board president Alicia Pedreira, LYG executive director Donald Taylor, and co-founder of University of Louisville's new transactivist student group, T2, Jyler James Donovan. The event is free and open to the public; seating is limited.  Read more...

February 9, 2011 - Fairness Campaign Opposes KY Anti-immigration Senate Bill 6

The Fairness Campaign joins in solidarity with our sisters and brothers across the Commonwealth of Kentucky who oppose the passage of Senator John Schickel's anti-immigration Senate Bill 6.  "The Fairness Campaign believes in the intersections of all forms of oppression," said Chris Hartman, Fairness Campaign Director. "We feel certain the passage of Senate Bill 6 would have disastrous effects on our our state, its economic health, and most importantly its citizens, as it would increase the ever expanding racial divide in our country. Senate Bill 6 would lead to increased racial profiling of people of color in Kentucky, would unduly scrutinize those whose first language is not English, and unfairly penalize individuals who unknowingly transport or otherwise 'assist' undocumented immigrants, thus creating a culture of fear and suspicion in our commonwealth."  Read more...

February 7, 2011 - Kentucky.  It's a State of Fairness.

Just over 50 years ago, Kentucky became the civil rights leader in the South when it passed the 1960 Human Rights Act.  Since then, cities like Lexington, Louisville, and Covington have all worked tirelessly to honor this legacy by enacting fairness ordinances – laws that ensure everyone in our commonwealth has equal protection.  Today, we are pleased to announce that a statewide survey commissioned by the Fairness Coalition shows that Kentuckians continue to believe that everyone should be afforded the opportunity to earn a living, put a roof over their heads, and have dinner at their favorite restaurant without being turned away just because someone doesn’t like who they are.  Read more...

February 2, 2011 - Fairness Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Gaga-themed "Afterparty"

The Fairness Campaign launches its 20th anniversary celebrations with a Gaga-themed "AfterPARTY" following the Lady Gaga concert March 12, 11 p.m. - 2 a.m. at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Tickets to the event are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, with a $100 VIP Lounge featuring an open bar and heavy hors d'œuvres. All guests can enter a Lady Gaga-themed costume contest to win a grand prize hotel and casino weekend get-away. Tickets may be purchased through www.fairness.org or by calling (502) 893-0788.  Read more...

December 21, 2010 - KY Fairness Coalition Awarded $50,000 for Statewide Work

Kentucky's Statewide Fairness Coalition was awarded $50,000 to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality across the commonwealth in 2011 by the Tides Foundation’s State Equality Fund, a philanthropic partnership that includes the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the Gill Foundation, Arcus Foundation, the Open Society Institute and anonymous donors. The State Equality Fund is programmatically staffed on behalf of the donors by the Gill Foundation’s Movement Building Center.  Read more...

September 30, 2010 - Fairness PAC Endorses Ken Herndon for Metro Council, School Board Races, and Nine Others

The political action committee of the Fairness Campaign, C-FAIR, proudly announces its final round of endorsements for the November 2, 2010 Midterm Elections (two endorsement statements follow this list)  Read more... 

September 28, 2010 - Social Justice Groups Host "Voter Madness" Sunday, Oct. 3, Noon-7PM

A coalition of grassroots social justice groups join to host an event aimed at empowering voters and better connecting citizens to the voting process in Baxter Square Park Sunday, October 3. Mayoral candidates Greg Fischer and Jackie Green, along with School Board candidates, Judges, and State Legislators will address the crowd at "Power To The People Jazz & Spoken Word Fest For Voter Madness" Sunday, October 3, Noon to 7 p.m. at Baxter Square Park, 12th and Jefferson Streets. The event is free to the public, and refreshments are provided.  Read more...

September 19, 2010 - Fairness PAC Endorses Greg Fischer for Mayor, Marty Meyer for State Senate, and 10 Other Midterm Race

The political action committee of the Fairness Campaign, C-FAIR, proudly announces its first round of endorsements for the November 2, 2010 Midterm Elections.  Read more... 

September 14, 2010 - Jefferson Commonwealth's Attorney's Argument is Outrageous

In the court case currently pending against previously-convicted child molester Cecil New II, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jon Heck's argument to include evidence of New's sexual orientation as motive in the kidnapping and slaying of a 4-year-old boy is outrageous.  Read more... 

September 1, 2010 - Dismantling Racism Committee Hosts Community Conversation Sept. 8, 6:30PM

As part of the Fairness Campaign's ongoing mission to dismantle systemic racism and address the intersections of oppression in America, the campaign's Dismantling Racism Committee will host "A-Z's of Prejudice," a community conversation on Arizona's discriminatory immigration law and the queer community. Held September 8, 6:30 p.m. in the Louisville Main Public Library's Centennial Room (301 York Street), the community conversation is free and open to the public.  Read more... 

August 18, 2010 - 'No Hate in Our State' Campaign Continues at the KY State Fair August 19, 10:15AM

As part of the Fairness Campaign's ongoing "No Hate in Our State" campaign, a dozen grassroots and social justice organizations have joined to raise public awareness of the Kentucky Farm Bureau's discriminatory and unjust policies detailed in a recent Farm Bureau policies manual. Thousands of Kentucky State Fair visitors will be given a "No Hate in Our State" temporary tattoo attached to a flyer detailing many of the Kentucky Farm Bureau policies in question. The action will launch the first day of the Kentucky State Fair, Thursday, 10:15 a.m. at the Fairness Campaign/Kentucky Fairness Alliance booth in South Wing C of the Fair, booth numbers 165/166.  Read more... 

July 28, 2010 - Louisville to Protest AZ Immigration Law July 29, 11:30 AM

Over a dozen Louisville social justice organizations join cities across the nation to protest the unjust Arizona immigration law, SB1070, set to go into effect on Thursday, July 29, 2010. This event is in solidarity with people facing anti-immigrant attacks in Arizona, and is intended to continue building a community here in Kentucky to say "No to Hate" directed at anyone.  Read more... 

April 6, 2010 - CFAIR Endorses Tandy for Mayor and Seven Other Primariies

The political action committee of the Fairness Campaign, CFAIR, proudly announces its endorsements for the May 18, 2010 Primary Elections:  Councilman David Tandy – Mayor of Louisville, Democratic Primary; Read more...

April 2, 2010 - WKU Board of Regents Passes Same-Sex Partner Benefits

In a surprise move this morning, just hours before a scheduled protest organized by Western Kentucky University students and faculty, the Board of Regents Benefits Committee passed same-sex and opposite-sex unmarried partner benefits. The “Equal Benefits for Equal Work” protest, supported by WKU students, faculty, the ACLU-KY and the Fairness Campaign, was scheduled to commence at Noon today during a WKU Board of Regents luncheon with Senator Mitch McConnell.  Read more...

April 1, 2010 - Fairness Campaign and ACLU-KY Join WKU Faculty and Students in ‘Equal Benefits for Equal Work’ Protest

The Fairness Campaign and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky will join a coalition of faculty and students at Western Kentucky University organizing to peacefully protest recent action by the school’s Benefits Committee last month to deny benefits to same-sex and opposite sex unmarried couples with an 8-6 vote. The protest will take place Friday, April 2 at 11 a.m. Central Time during the WKU Board of Regents luncheon with Senator Mitch McConnell.  Read more...

February 17, 2010 - Kentucky Statewide Fairness Coalition Rally in the Capitol - Wednesday, February 24, 1 p.m.

The newly formed Statewide Fairness Coalition of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, the Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Fairness Alliance, the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and Lexington Fairness will join with students, legislators and supporters from across the commonwealth on Wednesday, February 24, 1 p.m. to rally the Capitol Rotunda. Supporters will call for a statewide Fairness law protecting all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Kentuckians from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.  Read more...

January 18, 2010 - Statewide Fairness Coalition Awarded $30,000 from State Equality Fund

The Tides Foundation’s State Equality Fund, a philanthropic partnership that includes the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the Gill Foundation, and anonymous donors, has awarded the Kentucky Statewide Fairness Coalition $30,000 to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The Fund is programmatically staffed on behalf of the donors by the Gill Foundation’s Movement Building Center.  Read more...

January 12, 2010 - Ten Grassroots Organizations Present "The People's Forum"

Ten of Louisville’s grassroots social justice organizations are joining forces to present “The People’s Forum,” a mayoral candidate forum on Tuesday, February 2, 6-8 p.m. at the Metro United Way Building, 2nd floor, 334 E. Broadway. A reception will follow the event from 8-9 p.m. in which candidates may meet and greet the Forum audience. Admission to “The People’s Forum” is free, and granted on a “first come, first served” basis. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Read more...

October 28, 2009 - President Obama Signs Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act Into Law

Just before 3 p.m. today, President Barack Obama signed into law the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act that includes the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act as an amendment. The bill will expand the 1969 federal hate crime law to include crimes motivated by perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.  Read more...

October 22, 2009 - Senate Passes Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, Vote 68-29

“Despite Kentucky's Senators Bunning and McConnell's votes in opposition to the National Defense Authorization Act containing the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, the Senate has taken a bold step towards full equality and civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans with their historic 68-29 vote in favor of the bill," said Chris Hartman, director of the Fairness Campaign.  Read more...

October 5, 2009 - Fairness to Announce Boycott of Woody's Tavern, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4 p.m.

On the night of Monday, September 21, just one month after Woody’s Tavern owner David Norton’s public apology for racist and sexist remarks made one year earlier, Mr. Norton launched another tirade of prejudice and hate against customers in his bar. According to witnesses, a bar patron lifted the corner of a pool table to dislodge balls stuck inside, which prompted a yelling spree from Mr. Norton, who ultimately chased every patron out of his establishment. As he ejected them, he yelled after patrons, calling them “trashy faggots,” and then, referring to a group of African American patrons, stated, “Look at their skin color. You know what’s on the tip of my tongue.” Following these incidents, the Fairness Campaign Coordinating Committee has approved a public boycott of Woody’s Bar and Tavern, supported by the organizations listed below.  Read more...

October 2, 2009 - Actors Theatre Premieres “The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later” Monday, Oct. 12

For more than a decade, the gruesome murder of young Laramie, Wyoming resident Matthew Shepard has reverberated across the country. It brought national attention to the urgent need of a federal Hate Crimes law that includes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals as a protected class, which has yet to pass the United States Congress. To explore and better understand the community in which this crime occurred, the Tectonic Theater Project conducted a series of interviews with Laramie residents that, in 2000, became The Laramie Project, one of the most performed plays in America.  Read more...

October 1, 2009 - “Fairness X-travaganza” Celebrates 10 Years of Civil Rights in Louisville Saturday, October 24

Ten years ago this October, the Jefferson county Fiscal Court passed the first comprehensive anti-discrimination Fairness Ordinance, protecting all Louisvillians from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity. To mark that historic occasion in Louisville’s advancement, Fairness Campaign supporters are hosting a series of Fairness X-travaganza fundraising dinner parties across the city on Saturday, October 24, that will end in Fairness X-plosion, a community celebration and dance party held at The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barret Avenue, from 10pm-2am.  Read more...

September 8, 2009 - Fairness Campaign Endorses National Equality March, Oct. 11 - Campaign Will Bus 50 Supporters to D.C. on “Equality Express”

The Fairness Campaign today announces its endorsement of the National Equality March on Washington D.C., set for October 11, 2009. Called for in May of this year by former Harvey Milk intern and LGBT rights advocate, Cleve Jones, the National Equality March seeks to organize constituents in all 50 states to call for equal civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.  Read more...

August 14, 2009 - Woody’s Tavern Owner David Norton to Offer Public Apology for Racist, Sexist Remarks Saturday, Aug. 15, 6:30PM

Woody’s Tavern owner David Norton is set to offer a public statement of apology to a group of University of Louisville students and faculty almost a year and a half after he chased the group out of his Old Louisville bar using racist and sexist slurs. Until this week, Mr. Norton, who also owns Magnolia Bar & Grill a few blocks away from Woody’s, denied the incident ever occurred.  Read more...

May 6, 2009 - McDonald’s Agrees To Training and Settlement After Staff Called Gay Customers Anti-Gay Slurs

April 6, 2009 - Straight Minister Suing Former Employer Under Fairness Ordinance

March 27, 2009 - Bill Seeking to Ban Adoption, Foster Parenting By Unmarried Couples Dies in Kentucky Legislature

March 5, 2009 - Anti-Gay Adoption Bill SB 68 Passes in Secret Meeting

February 23, 2009 - Opposition to Senate Bill 68 Draws Additional Allies

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