Fairness Ordinance

Alan Lytle

How fair is the city of Lexington for its LGBTQ citizens 20 years after passing the Fairness Ordinance, especially in the face of well-organized, well-funded opposition from religious freedom groups?  A panel of advocates discussed the future of laws designed to protect citizens from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation and others who are challenging these ordinances largely on religious grounds.

Alan Lytle

LGBTQ community leaders are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the passage of a Fairness Ordinance in Lexington.  On Sunday some of those who were on the front lines and behind the scenes participated in a panel discussion at the downtown Lexington Public Library.

Lexington To Celebrate 20 Years Of Fairness

Jun 15, 2019
Lexington History Museum

It’s been almost twenty years since the city of Lexington adopted a Fairness Ordinance and to celebrate the milestone the Lexington History Museum is holding a series of events.  “Our Fair City” commemorates twenty years of Fairness in Lexington, and includes an interactive exhibit in the downtown public library.

Officials in a southcentral Kentucky city have voted against an ordinance that would add specific housing and employment protections for gay, lesbian and transgender residents.

Josh James / WUKY

The annual Kentucky Fairness Rally brought together LGBTQ advocates, lawmakers, and supporters in the Capitol rotunda Wednesday.

Josh James / WUKY

With the Kentucky Supreme Court set to weigh in on the discrimination case against Lexington t-shirt maker Hands On Originals, gay rights advocates are preparing a ruling that could force communities to rethink how fairness ordinances are interpreted.

Josh James / WUKY

LGBT rights groups filled the Capitol Rotunda Wednesday to call on lawmakers to pass statewide fairness legislation.


Midway could soon join the growing list of Kentucky cities adding fairness ordinances to their books. The proposal under consideration does not contain controversial “religious freedom” language suggested in an earlier amendment.

Officials in Owensboro have decided to put off considering a gay rights ordinance for at least a year.

Officials in Owensboro are planning to consider a gay rights ordinance.