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Lexington is once again rated high nationally on LGBTQ equality

file photo-Ribbon Cutting of Pride Color Pavement in Downtown Lexington 2017
Stu Johnson
file photo-Ribbon Cutting of Pride Color Pavement in Downtown Lexington 2017

A national civil rights organization is placing Lexington in the top two percent nationally when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. The Human Rights Campaign ranking puts the bluegrass community tenth among 506 reviewed municipalities nationwide. City Deputy Director of Communications LGBTQ Relations Craig Cammack said Lexington was the first to have a countywide fairness ordinance in Kentucky.

“We’ve passed a conversion therapy ban for LGBTQ youth. We have out Lex proud campaign which encourages the community to be proud of themselves, proud of the community. We’ve passed different policies, here and there that have helped. Our domestic partner benefits that we passed,” said Cammack.

The annual Municipal Equality Index review is based on how inclusive municipal law, policies, and services are to their LGBTQ communities.

Cammack said the city’s fairness ordinance is sound in its current form.

“It was the most fully inclusive one Kentucky had had back in 99 when it was passed. Not really had to make any major modifications to it because it’s done its job so to speak. So, I don’t see anything major need to be adjusted to the fairness ordinance,” said Cammack.

Lexington had an overall score of 114 this year compared to 110 last year. The bluegrass community has been rated by the Human Rights Campaign since 2013.

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Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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