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Commentary: Health disparities among LGBTQ+ Kentuckians behind bars more visible in pandemic

Prisons and jails are threatening and traumatic to anyone. They pose an even greater risk to the health and safety of LGBTQ+ people. This community is overrepresented in the criminal justice system due to generations of bias, profiling, and discrimination. It is even worse for LGBTQ+ folks who are people of color, lower-income, transgender, and gender non-conforming. Transgender women of color are...

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...

Commentary: Tweeting is no way to communicate policy; discussion needed about gender issues

By Richard Nelson Special to KyForward President Trump’s tweet barring transgendered persons from serving in the military caught everyone off guard, including policy makers who are still trying to figure out exactly what it means. As we navigate the minefields of this highly charged issue there’s middle ground that nearly everyone can agree on: policy by tweet is no way to run a government....

Commentary: U.S. Civil Rights Commission report deserves to get more attention — and it will

By Richard Nelson Special to KyForward When a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound? How about when the U.S. Civil Rights Commission issues a groundbreaking report and nobody hears about it? Such appears to be the case regarding a recent report by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission called “Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties.” The report hasn’t...