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the wellbeing of black LGBTQ individuals.

July: After the marriage equality ruling, a group of interfaith churches held a program, “Draw The Circle Wide,” where same sex-couples’ unions were blessed. Also, the Kentucky Department for Public Health and Heartland CARES presented a program for prevention education and direct delivery of services to people living with HIV/AIDS.

August: The PCSO hosted the Kentucky LGBT Rural Summit, sponsored by the USDA, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and The True Colors Fund. Chris Hartman of the Fairness Campaign, along with several others, were arrested at the Kentucky State Fair after peacefully protesting the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s discriminatory policies. Toward the end of the month, the PCSO held the Pride Community Prom, Lexington’s first adult pride prom, giving individuals a second chance to attend a prom as their true selves and to bring

was made possible through a grant from

is very supportive and a very good community

JustFundKy.

for LGBTQ individuals to live.

A

week

later,

JustFundKy

presented the Kentucky premier of the movie

As we move forward into 2016 and beyond,

Pride at the Kentucky Theater. Later in the

there is still more we need to come together and

month, the Senior Pride Initiative held its

fight as a community. Nationally, several states

annual conference on healthcare for senior

such as Indiana, passed bills like their Religious

LGBTQ individuals and had competency

Freedom Restoration Acts which made it legal

training as well.

for businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals. Later, after a backlash, Indiana

November: Bluegrass Black Pride hosted

amended their Act. In Houston, the 4th largest

their second annual honors banquet. With

city in the U.S., the community rescinded

a record number of transgender murders

their anti-discrimination ordinance when it

in 2015, UK’s Violence and Prevention

was voted on by the citizens after a very nasty

Center and the office of LGBTQ* Resources

battle where the “men in womens’ bathrooms”

presented Marisa Richmond, a transgender

argument was used as the right-wing strategy.

activist, as the speaker for the Transgender

Later in the year, a court ruling gave many

Day of Remembrance observance. Other

colleges a reprieve from Title IX on the

Transgender Week of Remembrance activities

grounds of religious freedom, which may cause

included a dinner, story circle, and the annual

major discrimination to occur in the future.

Transgender Day of Remembrance candle-

Fortunately, however, the federal government

lighting ceremony, which were hosted by Zoey

still leads the way in fighting against LGBTQ

Peach from Transylvania University and Theo

discrimination in employment and housing,

Meacham from the PCSO/Company Q.

with the Obama administration trying to amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include

the date of their choosing.

LGBTQ individuals. The administration also appointed the first senior official as envoy to

September: SisterSound, the Lexington

advance LGBTQ rights around the world.

Women’s Chorus, began their 20th Anniversary year, and AVOL held their fifth annual Dine

So, yes, you can say that 2015 was overall a

Out For Life fundraiser.

very good year for the LGBTQ community, December: As it happens every year, there were many fundraisers and other events, including AVOL Kid’s Christmas, Christmas As One, and Lexington Pride Festival’s first major fundraiser, A Very Fairy Christmas, which

October:

Transgender

Activist

and

helped raise money for Lexington’s various

Congressional candidate Kristin Beck spoke

local LGBTQ supportive non-profits. Most of

at UK. Her talk was sponsored by the PCSO

the local organizations rely on donations from

and UK’s office of LGBTQ* Resources, and

individuals in order to operate, and Lexington

with the marriage equality ruling by the Supreme Court, but as we all know that there are many more battles to be fought in our quest for total equality. 2016 will be another challenging year, but hopefully, another banner year for our entire community as well.

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January 2016 LinQ  

LinQ is the only monthly magazine that focuses on the Kentucky LGBTQ... community. LinQ is published monthly by and for the Pride Community...

January 2016 LinQ  

LinQ is the only monthly magazine that focuses on the Kentucky LGBTQ... community. LinQ is published monthly by and for the Pride Community...