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Kentucky Legislature Proposes New Bills to Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors

By Ben Gierhart QueerKentucky spoke with Ban Conversion Therapy Kentucky and one of its founders, Tanner Mobley in September of 2019. It’s only been a few short months since then, but already tremendous progress has been made. As of Tuesday, January 14, HB 199 (one can read Representative Lisa Willner’s bill language here: https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/20rs/hb199.html) and …

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Woodford County Fiscal Court Approves Fairness Ordinance 1st KY County in 20 Years to Pass LGBTQ Rights Law

With a five to three vote of the fiscal court tonight, Woodford County, population 26,368, became the first Kentucky County in two decades to approve a Fairness Ordinance prohibiting LGBTQ discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Jefferson County was the last county-wide municipal government to approve the measure in October 1999 before merging with …

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Kentucky’s Fairness Campaign director on the word Queer

Chris Hartman, Louisville, Kentucky What does the word Queer mean to you? Queer, while still steeped in a complicated history, and hurtful to many, has overall become what I feel is among the most inclusive terms—an umbrella that works to leave no one out. I definitely identify as a member of our inclusive queer community. …

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Kentucky lawmakers introduce bill to ban conversion therapy in the Bluegrass

Patti Minter, D-Bowling Green and Lisa Willner, D-Louisville have filed a bill that would ban the practice of conversion therapy in Kentucky. Conversion therapy is a treatment that works to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. If this passes, health professionals won’t be able to practice the therapy regardless of age. Public funds …

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Letter to the editor: State Rep candidate says guns allowed in Frankfort, but not umbrellas

Dear Editor, On Tuesday a few men walked around the Kentucky State Capitol carrying semi-automatic weapons for a “pro gun rally” advocating for their rights to own guns and lobby againt red flag laws. First, no one is trying to take away anyone’s rights to lawfully own a firearm. Second, the argument that red flag …

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Justin Bramhall hopes to be Kentucky’s first openly gay representative

by Ben Gierhart There is a great axiom that all great change, no matter the odds, starts within. The saying couldn’t be more true than for the state of Kentucky. For progressive Kentuckians, it is easy to believe that votes don’t matter on the federal level. This current state of affairs can only improve if …

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