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Fairness Feb./Mar. Newsletter

Fairness Feb./Mar. Newsletter

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Kentucky — It's a State of Fairness
83% of Kentuckians Support LGBT Protections
2263 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206 . 502.893.0788 . Fairness.org . Twitter.com/FairnessCamp
 
 By Chris Hartman, Fairness Campaign Director
Kentucky—it’s a state of Fairness. While it may come as a surprise to many who do not believe their neighborsshare their same values, we now have empirical evidence that an overwhelming majority of Kentuckians supportFairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens.A newly released survey shows 83% of registered Kentucky voters agree that LGBT people should be protectedfrom discrimination in the workplace, in housing, and in restaurants or other forms of public accommodations—anearly 20-point gain in support since 2004.This confirms what we have been hearing as we talk with our neighbors throughout the state—Kentuckians wantto be fair, but have no idea that employers can still legally fire people or deny them housing or service in a restaurant based on their sexualorientation and gender identity. Even though our nation’s largest employer—the United States Military—has now joined more than 90% of America’s Fortune 500 companies (and 100% of them in Kentucky) with nondiscrimination hiring policies, our Commonwealth’s laws haveyet to catch up, and action must be taken.Knowledge of Kentucky voters’ overwhelming support of Fairness protections will hopefully spur our legislature into actionto finally pass long overdue amendments to our state’s Civil Rights Act. Annually proposed by Senator Kathy Stein (D-Lexington) andRepresentative Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville), statewide Fairness Senate Bill 98 and House Bill 106 will simply add these protectionsKentuckians so widely support. These laws will allow all hardworking individuals a fair chance to earn a living and provide for their familieswithout the fear of being fired from their job for reasons that have nothing to do with their job performance, and there is no better time topass these laws than now.Just over 50 years ago, Kentucky became the civil rights leader in the South when it passed the 1960 Human Rights Act, and in1966 became the first in the South to empower its Human Rights Commission with enforcement powers. Since then, cities like Covington,Lexington, and Louisville have all worked tirelessly to honor this legacy by enacting local Fairness ordinances. Now, the KentuckyCommission on Human Rights has issued a resolution calling for these added protections to be extended to all LGBT Kentuckians. ShouldKentucky pass these laws, it will once again prove itself the pioneer of Southern civil rights. But if it does not, we will watch as other statespass us by.From the hills of Appalachia tothe westernmost tip of our Commonwealth,Kentuckians value Fairness. More than 90% of our voters believe that everyone should be allowedto visit their loved one in the hospital, and theyagree no one should be subjected to verbal abuseand bullying. We must stand together—as a unitedKentucky—to let our lawmakers know now isthe time for Fairness. Now is the time for all ourresidents to have an equal opportunity to work andcontribute to the economic health of our nation, toput a roof over their heads, and have dinner at theirfavorite restaurant without being turned away justbecause of who they are.On Wednesday, February 23, the KentuckyFairness Coalition will join supporters from allacross the state to rally for these protections inFrankfort. Take this one day off work or school to join your neighbors who believe what you believe—that Kentucky is a state of Fairness—and makehistory. Call your legislators today to ask them toshare your support — (800) 372-7181.
 
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2010 Friend of Fairness Donors
GOLD STAR $5,000 and up
Jeff Rodgers and Ed Kruger Eleanor Miller Carla Wallace
★★★★★
$2,500 – $4,999
Anonymous
★★★★
$1,000 – $2,499
Grace Akers and Maria PriceJeff Been and Eric Graninger AnonymousEmily Bingham and Stephen ReilyBecky BrownChristy Brown and Owsley Brown IICommittee to Elect Darryl T. OwensJack ConwayJim Dickinson and Timothy CombsSandra Frazier Harry Gallagher Mary Moss GreenebaumPatrick HannaJefferson County Teachers AssociationDorothy JosephJim and Debbie KingLeapFrog Interactive, Inc.Albert Lyons and Margaret BrandtSam MarcossonErnest Marshall and Ona Bass MarshallRandall McKenzieRonald and Linda MettsMichael and Ellen O’ConnellLisa OsankaJohn and Eugenia Potter Aaron Satran and Angela SinglaGeorge Stinson and Ed LewisTwisted SalonPorter Watkins and George BaileyTerry and Morris WeissShannon White Nicholas WilkersonJohn and Catherine Yarmuth
★★★
$500 – $999
Jill Ackerman JonesHeath BrownBrian BufordThomas BurchBrad CalobraceJanet DakanVictoria DiazSam Dorr and Charles RaithJohn and Susan DoughertyLisa DoyleExecutive Communications, Inc.Dan FarrellVirginia Forest and Patria FieldingGreg Fischer Donna Fosberg and Jackie Lucas Nancy and Sheldon GilmanRobert GreenwellGreenwell for State RepresentativeSandy Gulick Roberta HershbergJane HopeDan Hourigan and Ton AliCarrie Hunter Barnett LangfordRen Scheuerman and Travis LayRev. Dan LincolnFred Look Keith Look Jessica Loving and Sheryl Snyder Tom Wallace LyonsAllison MaggioloMuhammad Ali Museum & EducationCenter Inc.J. Timothy King and Kevin NolandSheila O’Donnell-Schuster Clark Johnson and Diane PecknoldJohn SelentJ. Alexander Speer Jennifer StarkeDorene and Russ SteinSwiss Wine FestivalDavid Tachau and Susannah Woodcock The Monkey WrenchDavid Van Norman Naomi Wallace and Bruce McLeodJane WelchCarolyn Whitaker and David TandyJason WilliamsFawn Wujick Sherry Yeager 
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$250 – $499
Ann AllenShean Allen and Stewart HoertzAllan and Elise AthertonAnonymousElizabeth Basham and Sharon YoungsDonald BennettCornelia BonnieFred BorhoMarilyn and Alan BornsteinMartha Brennan and Sheila GalvinThomas Bruker and Craig JohnsonMichael BurrisMilton Carpenter Robert CaruthersMaureen ConnellyDale CrossmanDavid DafoeDon Wenzel and Ron DarnellMartha Kenney and Ann Deibert Nellie Draus-StallingsJean EdwardsMarshall Eldred and Andree Mondor Louis and Norma GieselGina Kay Calvert for JudgeShawn Hadley and David McGuireLaura Hall and Noel RowanJohn Fischer and Jon HambyMary Lynn HartmanSmith and Anne HaynieBlaine Hudson and Bani Hines-HudsonCarl Horton and Jeff FranklinMargaret HylandKaren Jarboe and Nanci MooreGloria Kemper-O’NeilDonald Kohler Michele KosiewiczCarol Kraemer 
2010 Year in Review
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Jan. 16: Over 100 supporters from across Kentucky join the StatewideFairness Coalition at the second Statewide Fairness Summit in Frankfort.
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Jan. 27: Rep. Mary Lou Marzian’s Hospital Visitation Rights lawpasses the Kentucky House unanimously.
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Jan. 28: More than a dozen grassroots organizations hold “The People’sForum,” a mayoral primary candidate forum at Metro United Way.
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Feb. 2: Statewide Fairness Coalition Steering Committee membersmeet with a World Affairs Council delegation from several Africancountries—including Uganda—to discuss LGBT rights.
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Feb. 3-7: Fairness staff attend the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s “Creating Change” conference in Dallas, TX.
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Feb. 4: Fairness’ Dismantling Racism Committee launches a film serieswith Kentucky Health Justice Network on “Unlearning Homophobia.”
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Feb. 16: “Busting Out: LGBT Louisville in the ‘80’s” history panel isheld on UofL’s campus.
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Feb. 19: The Fairness Campaign’s Dismantling Racism Committeeand UofL’s Office for LGBT services hold an “African American HistoryMonth Gala” in the university’s Red Barn.
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Feb. 24: Hundreds of Kentuckians rally and lobby in the state Capitolfor a statewide Fairness law. For the first time in recent memory, no anti-Fairness legislation is filed in either the Kentucky House or Senate. Thestatewide Fairness law achieves a record number of co-sponsors.
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March 4: G3 hosts a “Cosmic Disco Bowling” soiree to benefit theFairness Campaign at Executive Strike & Spare.
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March 11: The Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee holdsan informational hearing on Rep. Tom Burch’s Dual Parent Adoption bill.
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March 20: A sold-out crowd enjoys the 10th annual “ACLU/FairnessCampaign Dinner” hosted by Susan Hershberg and the Wiltshire Pantry.
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April 6: C-FAIR, the political action committee of the FairnessCampaign, announces endorsements in the 2010 Primary Elections.
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April 14: Fairness leaders host a community dialogue following UofL’sTheatre Department’s participation in the world premiere of 
The LaramieProject: 10 Years Later 
.
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April 15: Derby City Espresso hosts two fundraisers for Fairness: “5Singers/Songwriters for Fairness” and “Dance Tax Day Away!”
★
April 16: The Fairness Campaign sponsors Elizabethtown Technicaland Community College’s first drag night.
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June 2: Rev. George Edwards, a pioneering religious leader for LGBTacceptance and equal rights, passes away.
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June 10: Councilman George Unseld, one of the first and mostoutspoken city officials for the original Fairness ordinance, passes away.
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May 5-21; Nov. 15-19: Fairness director Chris Hartman attends theRockwood Leadership Institute’s second LGBTQ Advocacy Fellowship.
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May 15: The Fairness names new Coordinating Committee members:Alyson Hill, Julia Crittendon, Rev. Ryan Kemp-Pappan, Kate Miller,Alana Montgomery, Gil D. Reyes, Dr. Kaila Story, & Jessica Underwood.
 
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Kathy and Lew Lancaster Jane A. LapinskiTony and Anne Lindauer Susan LundEva MarkhamFred Hendler and Nancy MartinDavid McCayChristopher and Rebecca McClellanMaureen Keenan and Debbie McCrearyKay MilamLeslie and James Millar James Miller Steven Adams and Michael Miller Joe and Mary Beth O’ReillyKatrina Ricker Richard and Janet Rink John and Teouline RosePhilip SamuelBarbara and E. Halsey SandfordJeff Sauer Richard SchwarzMarcia and Edwin SegalDerek Selznick and Erin HerbertGreta and Jacob ShermanPatrick StallardRobert StrausCarla and K. Grant Taylor John Tederstrom and Mark CannonDavid ThomasPatricia Van HoutenCharles Venable and Martin WebbHal WarheimDona WellsLinda Wemes and Deb BurdaJohn and Marilyn WerstJohn and Janet Wilborn
$75 – $249
Mark AbramsAetnaMichael AldridgeTyler AllenBill and Patricia AllisonDeb Anderson and Gary Cusick AnonymousRick ArrowoodJulia and Shelby BallouCol. Luke BarloweBarbara BeardPatti Bell and Jeanne HanleySusan BentleyJohn and Dolly BerryJames and Lisa BornsteinSteven BourassaDennis, Patricia and Erica BrickingVernon BroylesKathleen O’Neil and Jim BuschJoan Callahan and Jennifer CrossenMary Lou Cambron and Karen ComptonEdna Rae CapleLindy Casebier Jennifer Catlett and Guy DoveDavid and Debbie Chervenak Rusty CheuvrontHelen ClaiborneMark ClementsLucinda and James CoffmanCommittee to Retain Judge SadiqaReynoldsJacob ConwayMichael Cooper Randall CorrellMark CoxFrances CumminsGraydon CumminsCurtis Stauffer and Rachel Cutler Eric Hines and Eric DavidJeff Davidson and Jeffrey CinnamonCarol and Deborah DaviesHelen DeinesKathy Dobbins and Joanne LynchAndrew DowneyPatrick DrausMichael Drury and Bryant LewisMargaret DsilvaJeana DunlapGlen Elder and Jim GibsonRichard and Marjorie FitzgeraldTed Fleischaker and Ivan HowardCate and Peter FoslJoan FriszJoyce and Gordon Garner John GattonMike GattonKevin GibsonDavid GillJudy Goldsmith and Andrew Klapper John and Noelle GuldenMary Ellen and Pete GuntermanAngela Stallings and Kenneth HaganJune HampePaula HarshawChris HartmanPatrick HaydenBob Hays and Don HixonDeb Wallace and Paula HeadJimmie HenleySusan HerlinSherman HockenburyDavid HoltonMichael HowellJeremy HuddlestonAlicia HurleRose and Ampelio IsettiJanice JamesRobert Johnson and Jeff NallyShirley and Donald JonesAllen JonesJudge Olu Stevens for JudgeDeborah Thompson and Jo Ann KalbCody KendallRonald Kestler Kathryn KingTim KitchenCarolyn Klinge and Lee BeckhuanForrest KuhnGeorge Lane and Mark TatumTim LawsonJames and Nancy LeachStephen Lebder  Nadyne and Joe LeeLexington FairnessAntonia Lindauer and Tim HolmanMatthew Linker Jonathan LoweBarbara LuckettAlice LyonSally MacDonaldLeonard Mariani and Greg HutchesonAlvin MartinMary Lou and William MarzianDavid and Colleen MassieMike MattinglyJudith McCandless and Grady ClayChuck McIntireKurt Metzmeier and Beth HaendigesMartin and Theresa Meyer Timothy MitchellAllan MitchellApril MorganMarion Morrison
★
May 27: Laura Reece joins the Fairness Campaign as its newadministrative coordinator; Kyle Riggs leaves the position to pursue a lawdegree at Arizona State University.
★
June 4: Statewide Fairness Coalition Steering Committee membersmeet with Jean-Paul Makengo, Deputy Mayor of Toulouse, France,through the World Affairs Council to discuss LGBT equal rights.
★
June 6: Fairness Campaign Coordinating Committee retreat at DouglassBoulevard Christian Church.
★
June 18: More than 50 Fairness supporters march in the annualKentuckiana Pride Parade; the Fairness Campaign’s human float, themed“NOH8 in Our State,” wins first prize.
★
June 19: The Fairness Campaign participates in the Kentuckiana PrideFestival on the Belvedere.
★
June 22: C-FAIR endorses Fairness Campaign co-founder KenHerndon to fill Councilman George Unseld’s Metro Council seat.
★
June 26: Fairness Coalition participates in Lexington’s Pride Festival.
★
June 27: Kentucky Fairness Alliance teams with the FairnessCampaign’s Faith Leaders for Fairness to present
Fish Out of Water 
,a documentary film exploring the impassioned relationship betweenhomosexuality and the Bible at Douglass Blvd. Christian Curch.
★
June 29: Fairness Campaign leaders participate in a KentuckyCommission on Human Rights Listening Tour on Hate Crimes.
★
July 1: Keith Brooks, web production assistant for the PresbyterianChurch (U.S.A.), is named co-coordinator of the Fairness Campaign.
★
July 7-10: UofL’s Office for LGBT Services, Women in Transition(WIT), and the Fairness Campaign’s Dismantling Racism Committee holda “Theatre of the Oppressed” workshop and performance series in UofL’sThrust Theatre to benefit WIT.
★
July 12: Statewide Fairness Coalition Steering Committee membersmeet with Ugandan LGBT rights pioneer Val Kalende through the WorldAffairs Council; Ms. Kalende met with local social justice leaders the daybefore at the home of Fairness leader Carla Wallace.
★
July 24: The second annual “Fairness Over Louisville” fundraiser isheld atop the Frazier International History Museum’s Rooftop Garden.Congressman John Yarmuth addresses the crowd and introduces MSNBCpolitical news anchor Contessa Brewer as the keynote speaker.
★
July 29: The Fairness Campaign and more than a dozen social justicegroups launch the “People Not Profiles" street theatre action to opposeArizona’s anti-immigration Senate Bill 1070.
★
Aug. 6: Fairness and the NAACP lead a grassroots campaign to callinto question 84WHAS Radio host Many Connell’s calling PresidentObama a “half-breed” on air.
★
Aug. 19: The Fairness Campaign and its allies launch a publicinformation campaign on Kentucky Farm Bureau’s discriminatory andunjust policies opposing LGBT rights and more.
★
Aug. 19-29: Kentucky Fairness Alliance and the Fairness Campaignhost a booth at the Kentucky State Fair.
★
Aug. 24: Fairness Campaign leaders and supporters meet withArchbishop Joseph Kurtz to discuss the Archdiocese’s contributions to theanti-gay marriage initiative in Maine.

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