In a YouTube video for a gay rights group, Louisville Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, discusses her faith, being an openly gay elected official and coming out to her family after relocating to the city.
The group Straight Against Hate produces the weekly testimonials featuring various residents discussing their personal stories, bullying and Fairness laws in the state.
Addressing residents, Ward-Pugh discussed moving from Nashville to Louisville in the late 1980s as a lesbian while attending seminary. She says despite instances of discrimination things have changed significantly and there are opportunities and support for LGBT citizens in the city.
“What I would want to say to you is to know that you are loved. You are loved by a boundless God and neighbors and co-workers and family members and, yes, even your elected officials,” she says. “Never doubt that and never doubt who you are.”
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The organization says it is dedicated to increasing heterosexual residents involvement in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.