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Fairness Campaign Newsletter February 2010

Fairness Campaign Newsletter February 2010

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2263 Frankfort Avenue Louisville KY 40206 / phone: 502 893-0788 / email: fairness@fairness.org
PLAN TO ATTEND
Dismantling Racism Committee
 – Feb3, March 3 & April 7, 6:30 p.m., Fairness
ofce.
 
 
Unlearning Homophobia
Film Series
 – Feb. 4 & 11, 7 p.m., in partnership withKentucky Health Justice Network, Fairness
ofce, free.
Community Building Committee/ Archdiocese Action
 – Feb 10 & 24, March
10 & 24, 6:30 p.m., Fairness ofce.
 
Fairness Coalition's LegislativeStrategy Meetings
 – Feb. 15, Mar. 1,
15 & 29, 8-10 p.m., Fairness ofce andby conference call. To get involved, call
893-0788.
 
 Busting Out: LGBT Louisville in the'80's
 
 – Feb. 16, 7 p.m., Strickler Hall,
Room 102, panel discussion hosted byUofLOfce of LGBT Services.
 
We Love Mountains
Lobby Day
 – Feb. 17, hosted by Kentuckians for theCommonwealth, Capitol Rotunda, carpool
leaves Fairness at 8:30 a.m., more at www.KFTC.org.
 
African American History MonthGala
– Feb. 19, 7-9 p.m., UofL's Red Barn,sponsored by Fairness, UofL's BlkOut,Anne Braden Institute.
★
Fairness Coalition Lobby Day & Rally
 – Feb. 24, Capitol, Frankfort, 9 a.m. lobbytraining, 1 p.m. rally, call 893-0788 or goto www.fairness.org for more info.
Louisville Youth Group
– support andsocial group for LGBTQ youth 14 – 21,
weekly meetings. Call 499-4427.
PFLAG
– Louisville - Monthlymeeting, 3
rd
Sunday, 3 p.m., 1
st
Lutheran
Church, 417 E. Broadway. Call 329-0229
for information.
Let Your Voice Make the Difference
2010 Fairness Lobby & Rally Day Feb. 24
Hospital Visitation Rights Bill Passes House!
 
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For the second year, Representative Mary Lou Marzian’s (D-Louisville) hospital visitationrights legislation, House Bill 118, passed out of the Health and Welfare Committee with bi-partisan support and was placed on the consent calendar of the full House of Representatives.It passed the House on January 27, and will now be sent to a Senate committee.The bill, which would “allow a patient of a health facility who is 18 years of age orolder to designate, in writing, an individual not legally related by marriage or blood, who thepatient wishes to have visitation rights,” was co-sponsored by Reps. Kelly Flood (D-Lexington),Joni Jenkins (D-Louisville), Reginald Meeks (D-Louisville), Darryl Owens (D-Louisville),Ruth Ann Palumbo (D-Lexington), Arnold Simpson, (D-Covington) and Susan Westrom(D-Lexington). Please call the Legislative message line at 1-800-372-7181 and thank Rep.Marzian and the bill’s sponsors for supporting House Bill 118 by calling.You can follow House Bill 118 and other pro-Fairness legislation’s progress on ourlive Twitter feed at www.Fairness.org.As of the printing of this newsletter no anti-Fairness legislation has yet been ledin either the Senate or the House—a great sign for Fairness! (Check
www.Fairness.orgfor
legislative updates—March 1 is the last day new legislation may be proposed in the House,March 3 in the Senate.) This means, for now, we can focus our efforts on supporting the manypro-Fairness bills that have already been led. It is vitally important you contact your legislatorand ask them to support these bills, or thank them if they are already sponsors by calling theLegislative message line at 1-800-372-7181! (The operator will help you determine who yourlegislators are if you are unsure.)
Then,
join us in Frankfort for the Statewide Fairness Coalition’s Lobby Day andRally in Frankfort on Wednesday, February 24.
We will meet for a brief lobby training at9 a.m. in Captiol Annex Room 131, then disburse in groups to speak with legislators aboutFairness issues. At 1 p.m. Fairness supporters from across the Commonwealth will ll theCapitol Rotunda for our Statewide Fairness Rally—don’t miss this important opportunity tohelp build critical support for Fairness in Kentucky. Legislators have to see and hear fromyou to know you care! (A carpool will leave the Fairness Campaign ofce at 2263 FrankfortAve. at 8 a.m.)You don’t have to wait until Feb. 24 to go to Frankfort! A Fairness staffer will lobby atthe Capitol almost every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until the legislature adjourns onApril 13. Schedule a day to lobby with Fairness in Frankfort by contacting Kyle@Fairness.
org or 502-893-0788.Here are the bills we're supporting this session:
SUPPORT House Bill 195 (Dual Parent Adoption)
Sponsor: Rep. Tom Burch (D-Louisville).
The bill would “establish that the denition for stepparent means the spouse of the legal parentof the child to be adopted, or any non-relative adult person who, upon the petition for adoptionwith the written consent of the legal parent of the child to be adopted, the court nds acts in
a parental role to the child.”
SUPPORT House Bill 118 (Hospital Visitation Rights)
See article below.
continued on page 2
 
Let Your Voice Make aDifference
Director’s Note: Summing Up the 2010 Summit
continued from page 1
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
denition 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 condent 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@
Fairness.org
; for the Media and Messaging Committee, e-mailMichael@aclu-ky.or
g
; to jointhe Statewide Organizing/Local Ordinances Committee, e-mailMorgan.Ransdell@ky.go
v;
and for the New Ideas and Initiatives Committee, e-mailPhoenix@MetropolitanHousing.or
g.
(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
ill persons.
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.
 
Fairness 2009 in Review
Core Values of theFairness Campaign
We believe gay, lesbian, bisexual andtransgender people have the right to respect,dignity and full equality.We believe that dismantling racism is
central to our work.
We believe that all issues of oppressionare linked and can only be addressed by
working in coalition.
We believe in non-violent, grassrootsorganizing that empowers individuals andbuilds a social justice movement that creates
lasting change.
Vision Statement
The Fairness Campaign seeks to dismantleoppression and build an inclusive communitywhere all individuals are valued andempowered to reach their full potential.We are a broad, diverse community of Gay,Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender peopleand allies committed to transforming societyand building a more just world.
Statement of Purpose
The Fairness Campaign is a broad-basedcommunity effort dedicated to equal rights.Its primary goal is comprehensive civil rightslegislation prohibiting discrimination on thebasis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Fairness Campaign accomplishes its
goals through public education and advocacy,political activity, community building and
reciprocal alliances with others in the social
 justice community.
2009:Celebrating 10 Years of Fairness Law
 
continued on page 6 
 
January 13:
Our History in the Time of Milk 
: a community conversation about LouisvilleLGBT life in the 1970’s held in University of Louisville’s Ekstrom Library.
 
January 27: Fairness Campaign hires Chris Hartman as its rst Director.
 
February 5: Shelbyville Sen. Gary Tapp introduces anti-adoption Senate Bill 68 in an attemptto prohibit all unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children in Kentucky.
 
February 6:
 LGBT Issues in the Black Community
: a
dialogue facilitated by University of Louisville CulturalCenter Director Michael Anthony.
 
February 25: Over 100 Fairness supporters and more than30 organizations from across the state join the StatewideFairness Rally and Lobby Day to advocate passage of the
statewide anti-discrimination Fairness law and opposition
of anti-adoption Senate Bill 68.
 
March 3: Louisville Rep. Mary Lou Marzian’s hospital visitation rights House Bill 280 passes the KY House of Representatives 93-7.
 
March 6: Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Robert Stivers calls a secret meeting of onlyRepublican Senators to pass anti-adoption Senate Bill 68.
 
March 10: Anti-adoption Senate Bill 68, now a politically toxic bill thanks to thousands of calls from Fairness supporters, dies before ever coming to vote on the Senate oor.
★
March 21: ACLU/Fairness dinner hosted by Susan Hershberg and the Wiltshire Pantry hasrecord-breaking attendance at the Muhammad Ali Center.
March 24: Ofce for LGBT Services and the Vice Provost for Diversity and Equal Opportunityat University of Louisville host a reception to welcome new director of Fairness.
 
March 30: Fairness Director Chris Hartman joins Lexington Sen. Kathy Stein on KET’s
 Kentucky Tonight 
to debate anti-adoption Senate Bill 68 against Elizabethtown Rep. TimMoore and the Family Foundation’s Policy Analyst David Edmunds.
★
April 3: Kyle Riggs joins the Fairness Campaign as its new Administrative Coordinator.
★
April 11: Fairness Campaign sponsors a benet at The Connection for Rev. Todd Eklof’sLegal Fund to ght his discrimination case against Kentucky Farm Bureau.
★
May: Ernie Flores, Phoenix Lindsey-Hall, Brad Hampton and Meg Stern join Fairness’Coordinating Committee.
★
May 5: Press conference to announce the Human Relation
Commission’s decision under the Fairness ordinance
in favor of two customers discriminated against at a
downtown McDonald’s restaurant. The men were awarded
$2,000 each and 30 area McDonald’s were slated toundergo “Super-Sized” diversity training.
★
May 26: “Day of Decision” rally at Louisville Hall of Justice to protest the CaliforniaSupreme Court’s decision to uphold Proposition 8.
★
June 5:
The Perfect 10
 presenting Aletha Fields’ poetry benets the Fairness Campaign.
★
June 15: Fairness Campaign launches new website.
★
June 17: Kentucky Commission on Human Rights hearing in Richmond to support passageof a statewide anti-discrimination Fairness law titled “A Fair Future for Kentucky: A Callfor an End to Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.”
★
June 19: The Fairness Campaign’s Community Building Committee marches in theKentuckiana Pride Parade.

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