Let Your Voice Make aDifference
Director’s Note: Summing Up the 2010 Summit
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SUPPORT House Bill 117 (StatewideFairness Law)
Sponsor: Rep. Mary Lou
Marzian (D-Louisville) Co-Sponsors: Reps.
Ruth Ann Palumbo (D-Lexington), KellyFlood (D-Lexington), Joni Jenkins (D-Louisville), Reginald Meeks (D-Louisville).
The bill would “include a prohibition on
discrimination because of sexual orientationand gender identity” in employment, housing
and public accommodations across the state.
SUPPORT House Bill 17 (MarriageAmendment Repeal)
Sponsor: Rep. Mary
Lou Marzian (D-Louisville). The proposedconstitutional amendment would “repeal the
denition of marriage” as between one man
and one woman.
This January the Fairness Campaign joined Statewide Fairness Coalition partners theAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU-KY), Kentucky Fairness Alliance (KFA),the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, and Lexington Fairness to host the 2010 StatewideFairness Summit at Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort. Building upon the ground laidat the rst Statewide Fairness Summit at Centre College in 2008, the 2010 Summit broughttogether nearly 100 Fairness supporters from across the Commonwealth, including studentrepresentatives from Bellarmine University, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University,Elizabethtown Community College, Kentucky Community & Technical College, MurrayState University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, and Universityof Louisville. It was a truly historic gathering, and everyone in attendance came prepared
to share their honest thoughts
and ideas around the StatewideFairness Coalition’s strategyto pass a statewide Fairnesslaw, which would protectall lesbian, gay, bisexual,and transgender Kentuckiansfrom discrimination inemployment, housing, andpublic accommodations.
Following a brief Coalition history lesson by
ACLU-KY Executive DirectorMichael Aldridge and a 2010 Coalition Work Plan orientation by Kentucky Fairness AllianceBoard Chair Travis Myles and Lexington Fairness leader Jessica Martin, Summit attendeesparticipated in four Coalition Working Committee break out sessions.Morgan Ransdell, Managing Attorney for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights,facilitated a committee on Statewide Organizing/Passing Local Ordinances alongside TravisMyles in which they began building strategies to pass local anti-discrimination Fairnessordinances in Richmond and Paducah by the end of 2010. Michael Aldridge joined FairnessCampaign and KFA board member Nick Wilkerson in a committee on Media and Messaging,which worked toward developing messaging for the “moveable middle” population, whosesupport will be central to the passage of a statewide Fairness law. A New Ideas and Initiativescommittee to foster innovative thought around how we do our collective work was lead byFairness Campaign Co-coordinator Phoenix Lindsey-Hall and Yana Baker, while I joined KFAlobbyist Wes Wright and newly appointed Lexington Fairness Board Chair Craig Cammack fora Legislative Strategy committee where attendees helped us break down the current politicallandscape of key legislative committees to guide our 2010 plan.By Summit’s end, I felt condent that the palpable energy, excitement, inspiration,and—most importantly—involvement of those in the room would help catapult us into theCoalition’s very focused campaign to bring about the passage of Kentucky’s statewide Fairnesslaw sooner rather than later (think April 2012). While we still have a long, arduous journeyahead of us, we must look towards taking the next steps to victory, such as growing the numberof legislators sponsoring Fairness legislation in the House and Senate, and reaching out tocommunities throughout the whole state to host lobby trainings and listening tours, wherewe may better understand the case for Fairness across the Commonwealth. If you are part of any community in Kentucky (church group, reading circle, dinner club—any group) that youthink would be willing to host a Fairness Listening Tour or Lobby Training, contactKyle@
Fairness.orgor call 502-893-0788.
I also ask you to consider joining one of our Statewide Fairness Coalition’s committees—without your voice at the table, we will never know what you think! In the coming months,we will hold committee meetings at various locations across the state, with call-in options forthose outside the meeting area. To join the Legislative Strategy Committee, e-mailChris@
; for the Media and Messaging Committee, e-mailMichael@aclu-ky.or
; to jointhe Statewide Organizing/Local Ordinances Committee, e-mailMorgan.Ransdell@ky.go
and for the New Ideas and Initiatives Committee, e-mailPhoenix@MetropolitanHousing.or
(You may also call 502-893-0788 for any of the committees.)Let your voice make the difference in 2010!
by Chris Hartman
2010 Fairness Summit was held in Frankfort in January.
Ally Action Alerts
SUPPORT House Bill 16 -
This bill wouldprevent the execution of severely mentally
SUPPORT House Bill 70 -
This bill wouldallow Kentucky to join the 48 other states thatautomatically restore voter rights to convictedfelons after they have served their term.
OPPOSE Senate Bill 38 -
This bill would
force women seeking an abortion to review
the results of a mandatory ultrasound andreceive “in person” counseling a minimumof 24 hours prior to the procedure.
Statewide FairnessCoalition Awarded $30,000
The Tides Foundation’s State EqualityFund, a philanthropic partnership that includesthe Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, theGill Foundation, and anonymous donors, hasawarded the Kentucky Statewide FairnessCoalition $30,000 to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equalityacross the state. The Fund is programmaticallystaffed on behalf of the donors by the GillFoundation’s Movement Building Center.
“The State Equality Fund promotesequality through the work of state andlocal organizations,” said Toni Broaddus,Executive Director of the Equality Federation,national alliance working to further equalityin a state-based movement. “Support fromthe State Equality Fund will assist theCoalition in advancing their work aroundnondiscrimination and parenting rights of LGBT Kentuckians.”Members of the Kentucky Statewide
Fairness Coalition are: Kentucky Commissionon Human Rights, Fairness Campaign,
Lexington Fairness, Kentucky FairnessAlliance, and ACLU-KY.