C-FAIR, the Political Action Committee of the Fairness Campaign, and the national Victory Fund today announced endorsements for Keturah Herron in the Kentucky Special Election for House District 42 on Tuesday, February 22. Herron, a former Policy Analyst for the ACLU of Kentucky, is poised to become Kentucky’s first openly LGBTQ State Representative.
“Keturah Herron will make history as the first openly LGBTQ member of the Kentucky House, and we are proud to endorse her in the Special Election for Kentucky House District 42,” said C-FAIR Chair Casey Kimball-Pham.”From leading the charge to pass Breonna’s Law at Louisville Metro Council, to fighting for LGBTQ rights and racial justice in Frankfort, Keturah has already shown her deep commitment to social justice and her ability to make meaningful, lasting change.”
“Keturah is on-track to shatter a lavender ceiling in Kentucky and to bring desperately needed LGBTQ representation to the state House,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund. “State legislators are again introducing bills that target and harm LGBTQ people and there is no LGBTQ elected voice in Frankfort to counter them. Keturah is a fighter – for racial justice, LGBTQ equality and all marginalized communities – and her presence in the state House can have a profound impact on her colleagues and legislation.”
While Herron is likely to become the first openly LGBTQ member of the Kentucky House, in 2003 former Lexington State Senator Ernesto Scorsone made history as the first openly LGBTQ member of the Kentucky General Assembly when he came out in a speech at Governor Paul Patton’s Equal Employment Opportunity Conference. Since Scorsone was appointed judge in 2008, there has been no openly LGBTQ member of the Kentucky General Assembly,