gay rights

U.S.
10:18 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Gays In Cincinnati: From Second-Class Citizens To Fully Accepted

Gay rights issues led Ryan Messer (left) to move away from Cincinnati. It also led to Mike Moroski losing his job. Today, both men agree that gays are more accepted in the city than they've ever been.
Alan Greenblatt NPR

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 3:18 pm

Ryan Messer decided he could go home again.

Messer was one of a number of gay men of his generation who packed up and left Cincinnati, a city with a history of official discrimination, for friendlier cities on the coasts.

"They still have this Cincinnati group in San Diego," he says. "They're doing great things, and we lost that talent."

But the city charter, which blocked legal protections for gays and lesbians up until a decade ago, has since been amended.

"When I was 23, we were such a novelty," Messer says. "Now, there is no issue."

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Politics
7:52 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Gunning for Three Bills, Fairness Campaign Hopes at Least for Kentucky House Hearing

Protesters at a rally in the Capitol Rotunda for the Kentucky Fairness Campaign
Credit Rae Hodges

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. 

Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Democrat of Louisville, is  sponsoring a bill that would prevent employers from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation. The bill, along with Senate Bill 28, would also make it illegal for landlords and real estate agents to discriminate on those grounds.

"I think the realistic hope is that we might get the first ever hearing on the anti-discrimination fairness law in House Judiciary this year," Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman said. "That's really what we're gunning for. Even if it's an informational only hearing it would be the first time they've ever discussed the bill on the record."

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Regional
6:44 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Rally for Gay Rights to Be Held in Frankfort Wednesday

A gay rights group has planned a rally at the Kentucky State Capitol Wednesday in support of anti-discrimination legislation. The Fairness Coalition will also press for tougher anti-bullying laws at the 1:30 p.m. EST events.

Proponents from across Kentucky are expected to take part, including the mayor of the tiny eastern Kentucky town of Vicco that recently passed an ordinance protecting residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The rally is intended to pressure lawmakers to pass legislation pending in the House and Senate that would protect all Kentuckians from such discrimination. It's also to push lawmakers to pass the anti-bullying bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

Regional
8:23 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Another Eastern Kentucky Town Passes Gay Rights Order

Gay rights advocates have scored another victory in a small eastern Kentucky town as Berea prepares to expand anti-discrimination protections for city employees.

Mayor Steve Connelly announced this week that he will sign an executive order banning discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation in hiring, firing and benefits for the city's 130 employees.

"Personally I think it's the right thing to do, and in terms of our city, we were founded in 1853 with the idea that people were going to be treated equal," Connelly said in a phone interview with the Associated Press. The move follows the drafting of a new gay rights ordinance in the tiny Appalachian town of Vicco that went into effect last month. Vicco's law bans discrimination against gays in employment and housing in the town of about 330 people.

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