Demanding Justice at the Next Level
Rising to the Challenge
Kentucky Fairness Alliance E-News, Spring 2006
KFA IN BRIEF
Take advantage of a fun and fabulous way to build solidarity with LGBT people and our allies. Join us for a Gay Pride event in your corner of Kentucky!
We'll be advertising our new image with Ampersand bumper stickers and promoting Friends & Family memberships with "Unbridled Pride" wristbands. Most importantly, we'll identify voters who support a statewide Fairness law prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people.
So far, we're set to be a presence at Pride events in Louisville and Lexington; Cincinnati, Ohio; Evansville, Indiana; and Clarksville and Nashville, Tennessee.
We want KFA to be visible and relevant to people's lives in every corner of the Commonwealth. If you know about a Pride activity in your area, please contact Communication Director Misty York and we'll add it to the schedule.
Show your Unbridled Pride and do your part in this important outreach opportunity!Watch your e-mail in the coming weeks for a chance to volunteer, or contact Misty today to become a Table Captain and start recruiting folks in your community.
KFA Supporters Rise to Awards Night Challenge
On March 5, fair-minded Kentuckians gathered in communities across the Commonwealth to celebrate 2005's award-winning films that highlighted the lives of LGBT people. Longtime supporter Cliff Todd made the evening even more extraordinary by issuing a $10,000 matching challenge.
Awards Night events in Lexington, Frankfort, Louisville, and Bowling Green saw a total of 129 contributors donate a total of $10,595 to the work of Kentucky Fairness Alliance. It was a successful night in raising funds and AWARENESS in the fight for Fairness in Kentucky.
Those contributions helped to ensure that fair-minded Kentuckians had a professional and volunteer lobby presence in Frankfort for every single day of the 2006 legislative session.
KFA would like to thank the committed house party hosts and the Bluegrass Chapter for their fabulous event.
As part of our ongoing effort to raise the visibility of LGBT Kentuckians, KFA has begun assembling stories and photos for a Kentucky Family Album. This ambitious project will highlight the lives and relationships of real families from around the Commonwealth with LGBT members: parents, children, siblings, even close friends.
"Telling our stories is crucial to overcoming the fear and bias that allow intolerance to flourish," said Misty York, KFA's communication director. "The Family Album is an exciting opportunity for LGBT and allied people all over Kentucky to include our experiences in the public conversation about our rights."
We've collected a handful of stories so far, and are actively seeking more. If you'd like to see your family featured, e-mail Misty to set up an interview and/or photo shoot.
Imperial Court of Kentucky Takes KFA Back to the 80's
On April 19 the Imperial Court of Kentucky put on a KFA fundraiser that took guests back to the 80's for a night at the Bar Complex in Lexington. The fabulous Phoenix Gay, a member of KFA's Gray Dove chapter, kept the crowd entertained with her wry humor, and the Imperial Court generously donated the night's admission and entertainers' tips to the Kentucky Fairness Alliance.
Though the ladies work hard, it was easy to see they love what they do, and Back to the 80's was a wonderful gesture of solidarity. We're extremely grateful for the Imperial Court's continued support of KFA, and look forward to our next opportunity to collaborate with them.
Friends & Family Members Fill Founders 4one7
A growing number of fair-minded Kentuckians are getting on board with Friends & Family, the first membership club of the Kentucky Fairness Alliance. So many, in fact, that we've already filled Founders 4one7, a special designation given to the first 417 people to sign up for Friends & Family.
"The Founders 4one7 designation will become more and more prestigious as time goes by," predicted Executive Director Christina Gilgor. "Ten years from now, I can see folks taking a lot of pride in their Founders status."
KFA instituted Founders 4one7 as one more way to make it clear we're in it for the long haul. Building the solidarity we need to create a fair Kentucky won't happen overnight, and Founders 4one7 is a testament to our resolve.