Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Cities Measured for LGBT Equality Policies http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-cities-measured-lgbt-equality-policies <p></p><p>A new report measuring the level of equality afforded lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans shows substantial improvements in the Kentucky cities measured, said Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday released its second annual Municipal Equality Index, examining laws and policies that foster </span>LGBT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> equality in nearly 300 American cities and awarded them points on a scale of 0-100.</span></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:54:53 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7613 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Cities Measured for LGBT Equality Policies Audubon Park Improperly Fired a Police Sergeant Who Complained About Gay Slurs, Commission Says http://wfpl.org/post/audubon-park-improperly-fired-police-sergeant-who-complained-about-gay-slurs-commission-says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A suburban Louisville police department &nbsp;improperly fired a police sergeant after he complained about derogatory statements made by his supervisor about his being gay, the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission said in finding presented to attorneys.</span></p><p>Former Audubon Park Police Sgt. Kile Nave claims that his supervisor, Ronald W. Jones, repeatedly made disparaging remarks about &nbsp;Nave&#39;s sexual orientation from the time he joined Audubon Park Police in 2009 to his firing in August 2012.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 19:14:46 +0000 Joseph Lord 7154 at http://wfpl.org Audubon Park Improperly Fired a Police Sergeant Who Complained About Gay Slurs, Commission Says Kentucky Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman's Car Damaged, Defaced With Swastika http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-fairness-campaign-director-chris-hartmans-car-damaged-defaced-swastika <p>On Saturday night, some 300 people gathered at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown Louisville for the annual ACLU-KY/Fairness Dinner. Things got ugly after the festivities concluded.</p><p>Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman left at about 11:30 p.m. and discovered that his car parked near the Ali Center had been sideswiped while parked on the street—the mirror damaged, the side dented and scratched. He called Louisville Metro Police to file an accident report.</p><p>Officers noticed more.</p> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 22:11:22 +0000 Joseph Lord 4651 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman's Car Damaged, Defaced With Swastika News of Rift Among Kentucky's LGBTQ Leaders is News to LGBTQ Leaders http://wfpl.org/post/news-rift-among-kentuckys-lgbtq-leaders-news-lgbtq-leaders <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/13/us-usa-court-gaymarriage-kentucky-idUSBRE92C05220130313?irpc=932">Reuters article</a> published this week puts Fairness President Chris Hartman and True Colors Ministry's Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard "at loggerheads"—but the two men in question disagree.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 4493 at http://wfpl.org News of Rift Among Kentucky's LGBTQ Leaders is News to LGBTQ Leaders Gunning for Three Bills, Fairness Campaign Hopes at Least for Kentucky House Hearing http://wfpl.org/post/gunning-three-bills-fairness-campaign-hopes-least-kentucky-house-hearing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">FRANKFORT — Seeking the passage of three pieces of legislation protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation, more than 200 people rallied on Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda with Kentucky's Fairness Campaign.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 23:00:15 +0000 Rae Hodge 4111 at http://wfpl.org Gunning for Three Bills, Fairness Campaign Hopes at Least for Kentucky House Hearing Gay Marriage Opponents, Supporters Agree Obama Re-Ignites Debate http://wfpl.org/post/gay-marriage-opponents-supporters-agree-obama-re-ignites-debate <p>Gay rights advocates and opponents will debate same-sex marriage on <a href="http://www.ket.org/cgi-local/fw_kytonight.exe/db/ket/dmps/programs?id=KYTO">KET&rsquo;s Kentucky Tonight program Monday</a> with both sides agreeing President Obama&#39;s recent support has triggered a new discussion.</p><p>In 2004, three-fourths of voters approved an <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/vote2004/2004-11-02-ky-initiative-gay-marriage_x.htm">amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage</a>. But gay rights activists highlight a recent survey that shows <a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/02/07/1626160/survey-more-kentuckians-oppose.html">83 percent of registered voters in Kentucky now support civil protections</a> for LGBT individuals.</p><p>Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman is participating in the KET debate. He says things have changed over the past eight years and revisiting the topic is appropriate given Mr. Obama&rsquo;s remarks.</p><p>&quot;I absolutely believe that President Obama&rsquo;s support of same gender marriage has reignited the debate across the nation and really opened the door for more support than there ever has been before,&rdquo; he says. &quot;I think Democrats are proceeding more timidly than they need to be. Everyone in America, including conservatives and independents across the border are in support of full LGBT fairness and equality.&quot;</p><p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 18:10:04 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 614 at http://wfpl.org