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Louisville campaign aimed at decreasing high suicide rate of LGBTQ+ youth with focus of parental support

A new campaign in Louisville is working to decrease the high suicide rate among high school students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning by emphasizing the importance of parental support. In the United States, high school students who identify as LGBTQ are almost five times more likely to attempt suicide than their cisgender, heterosexual peers, according to the National...

Transylvania University to host off-Broadway production of play about graduate, gay-rights pioneer

Transylvania University next month will host an off-Broadway production highlighting the accomplishments of John E. Fryer, a ’57 graduate who helped remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Running May 16-19, “217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous” is coming to Lexington and the Transy campus through contributions by Transylvania alumni, JustFundKY, Rainmaker...

Richard Nelson: Supreme Court ruling in case of Colorado baker restores dignity to people of faith

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a religious freedom victory to a Colorado baker who’s been through the legal wringer ever since he declined to bake a cake for a gay wedding in 2012. SCOTUS deftly sifted through the narrative that Jack Phillips’ bigotry led to unjust discrimination against a protected class. As the facts emerged, so did a distinct aftertaste of religious discrimination...

State of LGBTQ equality in eight Kentucky cities detailed in HRC’s Municipal Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, released its fifth annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), assessing LGBTQ equality in 506 cities across the nation, including eight in Kentucky. The 2016 Municipal Equality Index...

NCAA to relocate seven championships from North Carolina for 2016-17 due to civil rights concerns

Based on the NCAA’s commitment to fairness and inclusion, the Association will relocate all seven previously awarded championship events from North Carolina during the 2016-17 academic year. The NCAA Board of Governors made this decision because of the cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections. In its decision Monday, the Board of Governors emphasized that NCAA...

U of L named ‘Best of the Best’ among LGBTQ-friendly universities, joins 16 with five-star rating

The University of Louisville has been named among America’s “Best of the Best” LGBTQ-friendly universities by a national nonprofit organization that rates colleges and universities according to their support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. UofL is one of only 16 schools in the nation to earn five stars out of five in the Campus Pride Index, released this week by the organization...

Constance Alexander: Pink is for girls, blue is for boys … or is it? The discussion continues

  After a day of too many deadlines and not enough coffee, I was tempted to skip a campus event intriguingly titled “Loosening the Gender Girdle.” In the end, however, the promise of dessert lured me to Murray State University’s Curris Center Ballroom to meet Robyn Ochs, educator, speaker and award-winning activist. I was one of a diverse group of 80 people who showed up, and while I came...

UK’s first LGBTQ* Resources Office aimed at creating more inclusive campus environment

    By Gail Hairston and Jenny Wells Special to KyForward   The University of Kentucky Office of Institutional Diversity has established its first Office of LGBTQ* Resources to create a more inclusive environment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer members of the campus community. One of the office’s first events is a transgender speaker’s visit to campus to...