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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
for LGBTQ individuals to live.
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city in the U.S., the community rescinded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
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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