Our History

Since 1992, Lexington Fairness has been part of the region’s leadership in advocating and educating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights and fairness.  Highlights since that time have included:

 

Organizing community forums concerning the Supreme Court’s ruling challenging Kentucky’s sodomy law

Affiliating with the Kentucky Fairness Alliance

Opposing the same-sex marriage ban and supporting a hate crimes bill

Helping pass Fayette County’s Fairness Ordinance in 1999, providing protection to LGBT citizens against discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations

Co-developing the first Lexington Pride Festival in 2008

Starting the first Lexington Fairness Awards, honoring Kentucky’s leaders in promoting LGBT rights and equality

Organizing Project Speak Out, a bullying prevention program for schools

 

During the time that the local grassroots initiative known today as Lexington Fairness has been active, times and issues have changed.  Lexington Fairness has provided leadership and opportunities that have shaped and responded to the changing times. A small sampling of the accomplishments of this group  includes:

1992 - Organized community forums about state Supreme Court ruling on the Wasson Case that successfully challenged sodomy laws in Kentucky.

1993 - Advocated in Washington to overturn of sodomy laws.

1994 - Began providing information about the records and positions of legislative candidates.

1997 - Developed a formal board and affiliation with Kentucky Fairness Alliance.

1998 - Educated the community about the importance of opposing a ban on same-sex marriage and supporting a hate crimes bill.

1999 - Worked to successfully pass a local fairness ordinance in Lexington, preventing discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity in work, housing, and public accommodation.

2000 - Expanded service to cover 16- county area of the Bluegrass Region.

2001 - Started entering a float in Lexington’s annual Fourth of July Parade.

2002 - Helped organize another LGBT group, Gray Dove, in Madison County.

2004 – Worked hard with a coalition of groups in the efforts to defeat the Marriage Amendment banning same-sex unions in Kentucky.

2006 - Kept LGBT rights visible through an Oscar Party fundraiser and public education forum about Marriage Equality.

2007 - Gathered in Frankfort with over 200 people and other statewide organizations to support the right of colleges and universities in Kentucky to offer domestic partnership benefits.

2008 – Organized the first annual Fairness Awards banquet to recognize some of the people who have made the greatest contributions to the LGBT community.

2008 – Co-developed the first Lexington Pride Festival.

2008 – Began development of Project Speak Out, a bullying prevention program for area schools.

2008 - Became a founding member of the Statewide Fairness Coalition, working to provide Fairness protections across the state.

2009 - Started doing annual presentations for Fayette County Public School teachers regarding the LGBT community, and ways to better understand their students.

2010 - Joined Imperial Court of Kentucky and Lexington Art League for the groundbreaking Passing Exhibition and Fashion Show.

2010 - Began fundraising for Project Speak Out's goal of raising funds to bring nationally-recognized trainers to our area.

2010 - Joined the Creative Cities Summit in Lexington.

2010 - Helped coordinate the It Gets Better Lexington fundraiser, raising over $10,000 for The Trevor Project.

2010 - Produced the first Fairness Fashion Show.

2011 - Participated in Lexington's first GoodGiving Guide Challenge, coordinated by the BlueGrass Community Foundation and Smiley Pete Publishing.

2011 - Coordinated to bring NPR's StoryCorps to Lexington.

2012 - Hosted the NOH8 Campaign for their first visit to Kentucky.

 

TODAY – Lexington Fairness is growing! More and more people are joining the work, and fundraising is underway. We will be present and visible at numerous events around the community, especially during the summer months when outdoor festivals abound. We will keep people informed about the importance of citizen interaction with their representatives, aboutpolicy initiatives in local government and educational institutions affecting our community, and about programs and events that help progress Fairness for LGBT people.

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