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Kentucky elects first transgender official

BEREA, Ky. — Kentucky’s first transgender elected official won a seat on the Berea School Board as a write-in candidate. Rebecca Blankenship has made queer history. “A write-in campaign for a school board seat is, in some ways, an easy victory. But queer rights in Kentucky will, for the foreseeable future, be advanced by strategically …

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Owensboro activist says much work to be done, but holds onto ‘Fairness’ hopes

“Did I know I was different? Absolutely. Did other kids know it? Absolutely. And while I spent some of my childhood wondering why I was different, I don’t ever recall wishing that I wasn’t,” says Owensboro celebrity, Chad Benefield. I am not an Owensboro native. I have been living in OBKY for roughly two years, …

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KY Farm Bureau Protest Continues with Billboard & Ham Breakfast Action Thursday, Aug. 25 at 7 a.m.

Kentucky advocacy groups and unions have once again launched protest actions targeting the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation’s discriminatory policies. Today the groups unveiled a billboard along I-65 near the Kentucky State Fair and plan to protest the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual Ham Breakfast Thursday, August 25 at 7:00 a.m. ET. The billboard, which states, “Kentucky …

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Dear Rand and Kelley Paul: My Trans Vote Matters

Editor’s Note: This piece is an editorial submission. As a 501(c)3, Queer Kentucky, INC cannot endorse political candidates and we must stand by that obligation. If they Paul Campaign were to reach out and want to publish something, we would legally honor that obligation as well. I was in Western Kentucky this past weekend at …

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Daniel Cameron praises Trump appointed judge for blocking expanded protections for LGBTQ+ workers, students

What happens when a coalition of ultra-conservative state attorneys general sue the federal government for extending civil rights protections to the LGBTQ+ community?  Naturally, a Trump-appointed federal judge rules in their favor.  That’s what transpired late last Friday, when Judge Charles Atchley of Tennessee’s Eastern District blocked a federal directive to expand sex discrimination protections …

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Anti-LGBTQ+ legislation is body policing, detrimental to community

featured article art by Juniper Moon Folk Art If breaking the law meant that you could better someone’s life and potentially save their life entirely, would you do it? This is the moral dilemma we as a Queer community and allies are facing.  In 2021 alone, over 250 anti-LGBTQ+ bills were introduced. A large portion …

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