By JAMIE McCLARD
Join Campus Spectrum as well as supporters from across Kentucky to rally for statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender anti-discrimination fairness laws and to strengthen anti-bullying statutes for our schools Wednesday, Feb. 20! There will be a GC van or you can carpool with others. Meet in the LRC parking lot at 12:15 p.m. to carpool. We will leave at 12:30 p.m. Students will get Flex credit through Dr. Price for attending the rally.
Outside of Covington, Louisville, Lexington and Vicca, Ky. folks can still be fired from a job, denied rental or sale of housing, turned away from a restaurant, kicked off a bus or refused credit simply on the basis of their PERCEIVED sexual orientation or gender identity. A statewide anti-discrimination fairness law will amend Kentucky’s Civil Rights Act to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classifications, prohibiting discrimination against LGBT Kentuckians in employment, housing and public accommodations.
Eighty three percent of Kentuckians support anti-discrimination fairness protections. Fairness laws currently exist in 21 states plus the District of Columbia, Kentucky is not one of these states. Of the 29 states that do not enforce Fairness protections, more than 70 of their cities and counties do. In Kentucky, 100 percent of the FORTUNE 500 employers offer discrimination protection (Ashland Oil, Humana, Kindred Healthcare, Lexmark, Omnicare, and Yum Brands).