The March For LGBTQ Rights Is Storming Through Trump Country

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12/27/2019

Chris Hartman hunched over his laptop keyboard in the corner of a campus classroom late one evening this fall, pondering an unfamiliar but welcome dilemma: Kentucky’s LGBTQ rights groups, including the one he leads, were making too much progress for him to be everywhere he needed to be at once. In the Western Kentucky University classroom around Hartman, local activists were making final plans for Bowling Green’s upcoming Pride parade, the third in the city’s history. As he tried to help them decide on the color of the event’s commemorative T-shirt, Hartman’s attention drifted across the state to Georgetown, where the city council was considering final passage of a fairness ordinance — the name, in Kentucky, for local laws that protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. It’s been a hectic year for Hartman, the executive director of the Fairness Campaign, which pushes for advancing LGBTQ rights across Kentucky.

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