Several Kentucky communities are holding events this weekend in solidarity with the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. In fact, the Kentucky Fairness Campaign says a record number of pride events are scheduled this summer and fall in the bluegrass state.
Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman says those fairness ordinances are needed to protect LGBT members from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Bowling Green remains the largest Kentucky city without those protections. LGBT advocates are also working in Owensboro, Georgetown, Madisonville, and Versailles to pass fairness measures. Eight cities already have those laws.
Bowling Green will hold its first pride festival this fall, joining a growing list of Kentucky cities holding events this summer and fall. Members of the LGBT community are organizing an October 21st festival at Circus Square Park. Chris Hartman is with the Louisville-based Kentucky Fairness Campaign.
LGBT advocates have worked for several years to get a fairness ordinance passed in Bowling Green that would ban discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. The most recent effort failed in February when the matter went before the city commission. Hartman says LGBT supporters continue their grassroots lobbying in Bowling Green, as well as Owensboro, Georgetown, Madisonville, and Versailles.