Beyond Pink and Blue: Rebecca Grant, Defining Fairness

Rebecca Grant was a Staff Sergeant in the Army National Guard. Twelve years into her military career, a fellow soldier found and circulated a picture of her wearing a dress. The Army took issue with the photo because she had enlisted and had been serving as male—her biological sex. Rebecca is now the president of […]

Lambda Literary Foundation Honors Leung

Louisville novelist Brian Leung is the recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation’s outstanding mid-career novelist award. Lambda is the premiere organization honoring both individual books by and the careers of LGBT authors. Leung, the director of the University of Louisville’s creative writing program, is the author of one short story collection and two novels. His […]

LGBTQ Community More Than Black & White: Tiff Gonzales, Defining Fairness

Tiff Gonzales is a fourth-generation Mexican American, native to Texas, who identifies as queer both in gender identity and sexual orientation. Tiff moved to Louisville five and a half years ago for work. She says when we talk about race in Louisville, we’re generally only talking about black and white. Latino issues re rarely part […]

Bringing Faith to the LGBTQ Community: Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard, Defining Fairness

Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard was born in Promised Land, South Carolina, the son of a Southern Baptist Minister, and says, “I grew up in church as much as I was in home.” He was given his nickname at the age of three, when his grandfather noticed his ability to replicate any dance move he saw. When […]

Fairness Director Praises Obama Endorsing Gay Marriage

The Louisville Fairness Campaign is praising President Obama for coming out in support of gay marriage on Wednesday in an interview with ABC News. The president said after personally wrestling with the issue and it was important he affirm that he supports gay couples being legally recognized under marriage laws. Earlier this week, Vice President […]

Fairness Campaign Praises Federal Extension of LGBT Protections

Louisville Fairness Campaign leaders are praising a landmark decision by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which ruled that discrimination based on gender identity qualifies as sex discrimination under existing federal law. The decision is being heralded as a “sea change” by gay rights advocates and came about as part of a resolution to a […]

House Panel Could Hold Hearing on Fairness Law

The House Judiciary Committee has posted a bill that would create a statewide fairness law to its schedule, which means the anti-discrimination legislation may receive its first ever hearing in the General Assembly as early as next week. Gay rights advocates have been lobbying state lawmakers for over a decade to bar discrimination in employment, […]

Ward-Pugh Discusses LGBT Issues in Online Testimonial

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 […]

Fairness Leaders Back Anti-Bullying Bill

Gay rights leaders from across Kentucky are supporting a bill that would strengthen the state’s current anti-bullying laws. The legislation was introduced by state Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville, and would create or improve protections against discrimination based upon students’ race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or learning disabilities. State lawmakers passed a broad anti-bullying […]

Fairness, Black Gay Pride Plan “Procott” at Tryangles Bar Friday (AUDIO)

Leaders with the Louisville Fairness Campaign and Kentuckiana Gay Black Pride Association have changed their protest of a local bar into what they’re calling a “procott.” Last week, businessman Michael Flatt, who owns a gay bar in downtown Louisville, posted a picture to his Facebook page that compared President Barack Obama to a chimpanzee. The […]