Local News
7:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Takeaways From The Louisville Forum's 'Growing Up Transgender' Panel

Henry Brousseau speaks at the Louisville Forum.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

The Louisville Forum's “Growing Up Transgender” discussion on Wednesday focused on the complex controversies and conversations that surround gender identity.

Nearly 100 people attended the forum at Vincenzo's in downtown Louisville.  The panelists were:

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Local News
2:23 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Photos: Fairness Campaign Rallies Over DOMA Ruling

Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman leads the rally
Gabe Bullard WFPL News

The Fairness Campaign held a rally downtown Wednesday to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

Celebrators carried signs and chanted, but there was a reminder of the challenges LGBT Kentuckians still face, and several attendees blasted the Supreme Court for striking a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in a decision released yesterday.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Strange Fruit: Fairness in Vicco; Keen Dance Company Founder Returns to Louisville

Vicco, Ky., brought national attention to the state this week by becoming the smallest town in the United States to pass a fairness law. Like many of you (we're guessing), we'd never even heard of Vicco until the news broke. So we invited Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman to join us this week and tell us more. 

"It's about three and a half hours east," Chris explains, "and several hundred feet up."

Hartman and others from the Fairness Coalition worked directly with Vicco 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.

"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.

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4:41 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Fairness Law to be Proposed in Elizabethtown, Richmond

Joined by a coalition of Kentucky gay rights leaders, residents in Elizabethtown and Richmond are pressuring lawmakers to enact fairness laws in their cities.

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.

In Kentucky, only the cities of Covington, Lexington and Louisville have a fairness legislation.

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.

"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 83 percent of Kentuckians support Fairness, that the majority also have no idea that this type of discrimination is still legal in most of Kentucky," he says.

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Arts and Humanities
6:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Chely Wright Film an Intimate Look at Coming Out in Nashville

Chely Wright at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, 2010.
Tanya Braganti First Run Features

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.

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10:38 am
Mon May 14, 2012

After Rebuke, Metro Council Candidate Accepts Anti-Gay Activist Frank Simon's Support

Louisville Metro Council Candidate Ray Barker has received a $1,000 contribution from anti-gay activist Dr. Frank Simon despite distancing himself from the controversial religious leader months earlier.

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Local News
2:59 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Life without Labels: Walter W. Walker II, Defining Fairness

Walter W. Walker II has lived in Louisville since his family moved here in 1986. Here's how he describes himself:

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.

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.

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