LGBTQ

Mary Meehan

The city of Georgetown became the latest Kentucky community to approve a fairness ordinance last night.  The ordinance protects citizens from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

During a marathon council meeting Monday night, council members heard lengthy public comment including chapter and verse biblical references cited by both supporters and opponents of the ordinance under consideration.

Dozens of Paducah residents showed support Tuesday night at a city commission meeting for an inaugural LGBTQ festival planned for August. Supporters of the West Kentucky Pride Festival came to the meeting following rumored controversy that critics would petition the city to move the festival indoors.

The festival is planned to take place outside at the downtown riverfront.

Henderson Considering Fairness Ordinance

Mar 29, 2019

Henderson could become the next Kentucky city to enact a so-called fairness ordinance that would grant civil rights protections for the LGBTQ community.

The measure would ban discrimination in housing, employment and public accodmodations. 

Mayor Steve Austin says Henderson had a fairness ordinance about 15 years ago but it was later repealed. 

He says the controversy split the city and doesn’t want to see that happen again. Austin adds that he hasn’t seen evidence of the city needing those protections for LGBTQ members.

Trans Community Decry Proposed Gender Policy

Oct 23, 2018
Tasos Katopodis/Bloomberg via Getty Images

As the Trump administration reportedly considers adopting a new definition of gender based on a person’s genitalia at birth, some in the LGBTQ community say the new rule would be harmful to transgender people. 

The New York Times reported Sunday that the Department of Health and Human Services is pushing to establish a legal definition of sex under Title Nine. The move would define sex as either male or female. Kentucky native Jacob Eleazer  says the policy would be devastating for him and for other trans people.

courtesy WKYT.TV

Kentucky’s first LGBTQ historical markers were unveiled Sunday in Lexington.

Stu Johnson

The Paducah Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance this week narrowing the focus of the city's Human Rights Commission to issues involving gender identity and sexual orientation.

Complaints involving race, color, religion, sex, age, familial status, handicap or national origin would be directed to the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights.

Human Rights Commissioner Robert Shy is concerned the changes will make the local board less diverse and attentive. Mayor Brandi Harless says it might bring better results.

Rainbow Crosswalks Will Stay, For Now

Dec 1, 2017
Kentucky.com

The future of Lexington’s vibrant rainbow crosswalks has been cloudy because of safety concerns. But city officials are looking into those claims.

The crosswalks added this summer were created to honor the LGBTQ community during Lexington's annual Pride Festival.

 


Small Town Pride on Eastern Standard

Oct 3, 2017
Zach Redding

October is apparently becoming the second month of LGBTQ Pride, at least in our area.  Some towns in Central Kentucky are joining in, some for the very first time.

We'll discuss the purpose and goals of these community events with guests: Harold Dean Jessie, of Georgetown; Jesse Ruble of Frankfort and Dr. Patricia Minter, professor at Western Kentucky University.


We didn’t air Listener Feedback last week because of the holiday, otherwise we would have shared this comment in follow-up to remarks from "Edward" that we aired on June 26th.

Edward said he no longer supports the station because of a lack of balance.  He also claimed the station has become an apologist for what he called the “deviant lifestyle” of LGBTQ persons.  


John Hingsbergen

Attendance for Lexington’s Tenth Annual Pride Festival exceeded expectations.  Organizers of Saturday’s event are estimating a crowd of about 30,000 compared to last year’s 25,000.


Lexington Hosts LGBTQ Pride Rally, March

Jun 12, 2017
John Hingsbergen

A crowd estimated at about 1000 gathered in Lexington Sunday for the community’s first LGBTQ Pride Rally and March.

Organizers say the event on the downtown Courthouse Square was planned in “solidarity” with a national rally in Washington, D.C.   


Berea Rally, March Scheduled in Response to 'Hate Crime'

Apr 3, 2017
Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com - File photo Mark Cornelison

Human rights and LGBTQ advocates are organizing in Berea Monday evening. They’re reacting to  an incident in which a lesbian couple were targeted with graffiti.

Bereans for Fairness and the Madison County chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are sponsoring a rally followed by a march to a meeting of the city’s Human Rights Commission.