KY Appalachian City of Vicco Passes LGBT Fairness!
Rural town is 4th KY city to approve Fairness, 1st in the state in a decade, & smallest city in America with LGBT protections
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(Vicco, KY) Today the Fairness Coalition joined the Appalachian town of Vicco, Kentucky as they approved the state's first lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) anti-discrimination Fairness ordinance in a decade. The measure, which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based upon a person's actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity, received support from three of the city's four-member commission and mayor.
Vicco becomes the smallest municipality in America with such anti-discrimination protections and joins three other cities in the commonwealth with Fairness laws--Covington, which passed an ordinance in 2003, Lexington, and Louisville, which both approved laws in 1999.
Situated in the southern tip of Perry County in the Appalachian mountain region, Vicco was incorporated in 1964 and currently boasts a population of 334 residents, according to 2010 U.S. Census data. It is nestled in the heart of coal country and was originally named for Virginia Iron Coal and Coke Company, a large land business still operating in the region.
"Vicco is a community that believes all folks should be treated fairly," shared Vicco City Attorney Eric Ashley. "We believe everyone deserves the opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Fairness is a Kentucky value, a Vicco value, and one of our most American values."
Vicco's passage of a Fairness law comes on the heels of several other Kentucky communities' movements towards anti-discrimination protections through work with the Fairness Coalition of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU-KY), Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Kentucky Fairness Alliance, and Lexington Fairness. In November, grassroots movements for Fairness began in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, and Shelbyville, joining those already under way in Berea and Richmond.
According to a 2010 survey by The Schapiro Group, 83% of Kentuckians support anti-discrimination Fairness protections
, which have been proposed in the Kentucky General Assembly for more than ten years without debate. Lexington Senator Kathy Stein has introducedStatewide Fairness Senate Bill 28
in the 2013 legislative session. Louisville Representative Mary Lou Marzian will introduce an identical bill in the House along with an anti-bullying/harassment law for Kentucky schools. Fairness supporters from all across the commonwealth will rally at the Capitol in Frankfort Wednesday, February 20.
Fairness Rally in Frankfort, KY - February 20th!
When: Wednesday, February 20th (see below for times)
Where: Kentucky State Capitol (Frankfort, KY)
If we're ever going to make it illegal in Kentucky to fire someone from their job just for being LGBT, you MUST come lobby in Frankfort!
Join Fairness supporters from across Kentucky to rally & lobby for lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender anti-discrimination Fairness laws & to strengthen anti-bullying statutes for our schools Wednesday, Feb. 20! We'll be carpooling from the Fairness Campaign office at 7:00 & 8:00 a.m. to meet in the Capitol Annex.
PREPARE by calling (800) 372-7181 to schedule a meeting with your state Senator and Representative Feb. 20 (the operator will help you). Once you've scheduled, contact Fairness at (502) 893-0788 or Laura@Fairness.org to let us know the time and representative's name.
8:00 a.m.: Prayer Breakfast in Capitol Annex Cafeteria
9:00 a.m.: Lobby Training in Capitol Annex (Room TBA)
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Lobby Legislators
1:30 p.m.: Rally in Capitol Rotunda
For more info contact (502) 893-0788 or Laura@fairness.org.
83% OF KENTUCKIANS SUPPORT FAIRNESS! www.FairnessCoalition.org for statewide survey results.
Members of the KY Statewide Fairness Coalition include: ACLU-KY, Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Kentucky Fairness Alliance, & Lexington Fairness.