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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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Strange Fruit: Yolo Akili, Darnell Moore, Gay Men and Sexism

He's a poet, activist, counselor, wellness consultant, performance artist, and more. But this week, what got our attention about Yolo Akili was his article, Gay Men's Sexism and Women's Bodies. In it, he talks about incidents of gay men giving unsolicited advice about (and sometimes nonconsensually touching) women's bodies, and why it's often seen as more acceptable behavior in gay men than it would be in their straight brothers. We've talked before about how being gay doesn't give you a free pass to be racist; Yolo reminds us that it also doesn't give you carte blanche to make sexist comments or treat women's bodies like public property.

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Strange Fruit
7:30 am
Tue October 23, 2012

African Americans More Likely to Identify as LGBT than White Americans

The largest-ever demographic study of America’s LGBT population was released last week, and the data revealed that African Americans and other ethnic minorities are more likely to identify as LGBT than white Americans.

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Strange Fruit: The i-Word & the Election; Musician Teneia Sanders

The immigration portion of the second presidential debate got attention for what the candidates said, but also, for how they said it. Undocumented? Illegal? It made us wonder: How much do words matter? How does what we call someone affect how we think about and treat them?

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat October 13, 2012

Strange Fruit: HIV in Our Community

The Louisville AIDS Walk is this Sunday, and for many, it's a time of solidarity and celebration. But AIDS activism in Louisville faces a big challenge: apathy. There are more people living with HIV in Louisville now than ever before, but the disease doesn't make the headlines it once did. 

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Strange Fruit
10:00 am
Sat October 6, 2012

Strange Fruit: LGBT History Month

October is LGBT History Month, and this past week was Pride Week at UofL. So this week, we talked to some of our favorite people about notable moments in LGBTQ history, and what festivities took place this week on campus.

Local News
5:08 pm
Sat September 29, 2012

Strange Fruit: Does Your Mama Know?

This week we launch our newest podcast, Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture, and Black Gay Life. 

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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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Local News
9:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Fair Housing Workshops for LGBT Community

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is offering education workshops on fair housing to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals across the commonwealth this week.

The commission is working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to present the workshops. HUD recently changed its policy, to prevent discrimination against LGBT people.

Kentucky does not have a similar state-wide plan, but three cities—Louisville, Lexington and Covington—have fairness ordinances that protect the LGBT community.

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Local News
11:42 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard Named Honorary Grand Marshall of Pride Parade

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Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard—co-chair of Faith Leaders for Fairness and founder of the True Colors Ministry at Highland Baptist Church (and WFPL Defining Fairness interviewee)—will serve as Honorary Grand Marshall in the Kentucky Pride Parade on Friday. Reverend Blanchard was ordained last month, making him one of fewer than two dozen openly gay ministers in the U.S. Baptist Church. 

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