fairness http://wfpl.org en Photos: Fairness Campaign Rallies Over DOMA Ruling http://wfpl.org/post/photos-fairness-campaign-rallies-over-doma-ruling <p>The Fairness Campaign held a rally downtown Wednesday to celebrate the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/supreme-court-strikes-down-defense-marriage-act">Supreme Court's ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional</a>.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:23:16 +0000 Gabe Bullard 5920 at http://wfpl.org Photos: Fairness Campaign Rallies Over DOMA Ruling Strange Fruit: Fairness in Vicco; Keen Dance Company Founder Returns to Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-fairness-vicco-keen-dance-company-founder-returns-louisville <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F75357312&amp;color=b600ff&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Vicco, Ky., brought national attention to the state this week by becoming the smallest town in the United States <a href="http://www.advocate.com/society/law/2013/01/15/vicco-ky-smallest-us-city-lgbt-rights-law">to pass a fairness law</a>. Like many of you (we're guessing), we'd never even heard of Vicco until the news broke. So we invited <a href="http://www.fairness.org/">Fairness Campaign</a> director Chris Hartman to join us this week and tell us more.&nbsp;</p><p>"It's about three and a half hours east," Chris explains, "and several hundred feet up."</p><p>Hartman and others from the <a href="http://www.fairnesscoalition.org/">Fairness Coalition</a> worked directly with Vicco&nbsp;leaders on the law. He said folks in Vicco are what we might call "non-traditional allies" who may not fit our idea of what LGBTQ-rights supporters are.</p><p>"But that may just be because we all have some inappropriate stereotypes about what rural Americans are like, about what Appalachian folks are like, and about what people who live in coal country are like," Hartman said.</p><p> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 3503 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Fairness in Vicco; Keen Dance Company Founder Returns to Louisville Fairness Law to be Proposed in Elizabethtown, Richmond http://wfpl.org/post/fairness-law-be-proposed-elizabethtown-richmond <p>Joined by a coalition of Kentucky gay rights leaders, residents in Elizabethtown and Richmond are pressuring lawmakers to enact fairness laws in their cities.</p><p>The effort is part of a larger grassroots movement across the state to get such legislation passed in other cities such as Shelbyville, Bowling Green and Berea. Both ordinances would prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.</p><p>In Kentucky, only the cities of Covington, Lexington and Louisville have a fairness legislation.</p><p>Louisville Fairness Campaign Chris Hartman says many residents in rural areas of the state don’t know that discrimination against LGBT citizens is still permitted.</p><p>"I think that there’s an assumption that these protections already exist or they don’t even know that they are necessary. We found in the survey that indicated <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/02/07/1626160/survey-more-kentuckians-oppose.html">83 percent of Kentuckians support Fairness</a>, that the majority also have no idea that this type of discrimination is still legal in most of Kentucky," he says.</p><p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 21:41:56 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2644 at http://wfpl.org Chely Wright Film an Intimate Look at Coming Out in Nashville http://wfpl.org/post/chely-wright-film-intimate-look-coming-out-nashville <p></p><p>In 2010, Chely Wright became the first country music star to come out as gay. Wright’s three-year journey to her coming out day is the subject of a new documentary by filmmakers Bobbie Berleffi and Beverly Kopf.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Erin Keane 1315 at http://wfpl.org Chely Wright Film an Intimate Look at Coming Out in Nashville After Rebuke, Metro Council Candidate Accepts Anti-Gay Activist Frank Simon's Support http://wfpl.org/post/after-rebuke-metro-council-candidate-accepts-anti-gay-activist-frank-simons-support <strong></strong>Louisville Metro Council Candidate Ray <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Screen-Shot-2012-05-12-at-9.55.23-PM.png">Barker has received a $1,000 contribution from anti-gay activist Dr. Frank Simon</a> despite distancing himself from the controversial religious leader months earlier. Last year, Simon’s American Family Association sent an e-mail to followers urging them to back Barker for the appointment to the council’s District 1 seat. Mon, 14 May 2012 14:38:03 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 190 at http://wfpl.org Life without Labels: Walter W. Walker II, Defining Fairness http://wfpl.org/post/life-without-labels-walter-w-walker-ii-defining-fairness <p>Walter W. Walker II has lived in Louisville since his family moved here in 1986. Here's how he describes himself:</p><blockquote><p>Honestly, I would say I'm Walter. I think that everyone is different, everyone has their own identity, everyone's unique, and I think that I'm a unique person. I do consider myself an African American, a Christian, a Presbyterian, and also a gay man. When you put yourself in these boxes and you start labeling, you know, being African American you're going to experience the African-American experience. Being gay, you're going to experience the gay experience.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; font-size: 12px; display: inline !important;">When I was younger, before I did come out, I was living in those boxes. So as I matured, as I got older, as I got comfortable with myself and started loving myself for who I am, I've kind of stepped away from those categories. And that's the reason why I say, I'm just Walter.</span></p></blockquote><div> Tue, 08 May 2012 18:59:34 +0000 Laura Ellis 160 at http://wfpl.org Life without Labels: Walter W. Walker II, Defining Fairness