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#KY #HazardKY #Hazard +WYMT 57 Mountain News: Kentucky elects the first #gay Commonwealth's Attorney in Perry County, Scott Blair.
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#KY #Vicco #ViccoKY Kentucky's openly #gay Southeastern Kentucky mayor Johnny Cummings is unseated with his opponent winning 60% of the vote. #Kentucky
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#LGBT #Colorado elects first openly #gay #Governor, according to CNN News. Colorado Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis will be his state's next governor, becoming the nation's first openly #gay #man elected to a Governor's Mansion, CNN has projected. Jared Polis will succeed Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper, who is term-limited from seeking the office again, and will defeat Republican gubernatorial nominee Walker Stapleton for the top office in the State of Colorado as chief of state, government, and commander-in-chief.

#Oregon Democratic Governor Kate Brown, who identifies as #bisexual, is already the first openly LGBT person to be elected Governor. Former State of New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey came out as gay before he stepped down from office in the early 2000s.
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#trans #transgender #trump The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.

A series of decisions by the #Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, including in education and health care, recognizing gender largely as an individual’s choice and not determined by the sex assigned at birth. The policy prompted fights over bathrooms, dormitories, single-sex programs and other arenas where gender was once seen as a simple concept. Conservatives, especially evangelical Christians, were incensed.

-> This would legally only apply to the federal definition. We need to define it in #FrankfortKY at OUR Capital and this needs to be done by House and Senate of the Commonwealth of #Kentucky, because we will be protected by the Commonwealth regardless of what #Trump does.

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#JordanPalmer #JordanPalmerKY #KentuckyEquality #KentuckyEqualityFederation #KYGA19
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#kyequality #gaymarriage The Federation adds Jamie Feltner (Manchester) to its Board of Directors. He was evicted for being in a gay marriage.

The Kentucky Equality Federation today confirmed that Jamie Feltner of Manchester, KY had been added to its board of directors.  Mr. Feltner and his husband, Josh Melton, contacted the Kentucky Equality Federation when their landlord evicted them for…
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Even in 2016, 1 in 4 LGBTI people report #discrimination.

"This is clearly unacceptable and we must eliminate the Kentucky Religious Freedom Act. We call on the Kentucky Supreme Court to overturn this #legislation which is effectively a license to #discriminate," stated #JordanPalmer, secretary-general of Kentucky Equality Federation, Marriage Equality Kentucky, Southeastern Kentucky Stop Hate Group, Be Proud - Western Kentucky, Kentucky HIV Advocacy Campaign, Kentucky Equal Ballot Access, and others combined together in the Earth Equality Alliance.

Over the past decade, the nation has made unprecedented progress toward #LGBTI #equality. But to date, neither the #federal government nor most #States (including the Commonwealth of Kentucky - http://kentucky.gov) have explicit statutory nondiscrimination laws protecting people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBTI people still face widespread discrimination: Between 11 percent and 28 percent of #LGBTI workers report losing a promotion simply because of their sexual orientation, and 27 percent of #transgender workers report being fired, not hired, or denied a promotion in the past year. Discrimination also routinely affects LGBTI people beyond the #workplace, sometimes costing them their homes, access to education, and even the ability to engage in public life.

To ensure that civil rights laws explicitly #protect #LGBTI #people, #Congress and all #States should pass an #EqualityAct, a comprehensive bill banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in #employment, public accommodations, #housing, #credit, and federal funding, among other provisions.
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A disturbing report was issued by the Center for American Progress about LGBTI discrimination. 1 in 4 LGBT people report experiencing discrimination in 2016. “This is clearly unacceptable and we must eliminate the Kentucky Religious Freedom Act. We call…
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#Trans #Transgender #Trump - A federal judge has blocked Trump’s executive order blocking #transgender people from serving in the U.S. #military. The federal judge ruled that transgender troops had a reasonable claim to their 5th Amendment rights being violated because Mr. Trump's directive affects them as a "class of historically #persecuted and politically #powerless #individuals". The decision was quickly hailed as a victory by Secretary-General #JordanPalmer of the Earth Equality Alliance, the Kentucky Equality Federation​, and Marriage Equality Kentucky​. Palmer stated, “transgender people had been singled out in a gruesome modern time act of discrimination before a World audience.”
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#KY #KYGA18 Governor Matt Bevin needs #education on medical #marijuana. "The news article 'Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado On First Day of Legalization' was a hoax, but the Governor isn't well read enough to realize this. By the time the commonwealth legalizes medical marijuana, it will be too late for Kentuckians to benefit from it," stated Kentucky Equality Federation Secretary-General Col. Jordan Palmer.

"People will drive when they are stoned' some claim, well, in Kentucky, it is illegal to #drive on high blood pressure medication, pain medication, etc. so they are already driving stoned. I am however pleased the Governor gave us a way to remedy the situation by stating 'as long as I am Governor' well, thankfully we will have an election soon enough."

"We are sick of big brother and government telling the unemployed what they can and cannot do to earn a living. Marijuana addiction is rare, the chances are greater to become an alcoholic. Marijuana cannot lead to a fatal overdose, and it is not a gateway drug. I hope the Kentucky House of Representatives and the Kentucky Senate will pass the legislation and should the Governor veto it, I pray they override his veto. The mentality of the Bevin Administration is to be last at everything, and unemployment isn't on their minds; thousands of unemployed coal miners could easier become marijuana farmers."

"Again we have an Administration in Frankfort, Kentucky that doesn't care about the Southern Region of the Commonwealth. I had much rather our youth use marijuana as a recreational drug than cocaine or crystal #meth."
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#Trump #UN #USA The U.S. on voted against a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution that condemns the #death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual acts.

Still, the resolution — which Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia and Switzerland introduced — passed by a 27-13 vote margin.

This leaves nation-states that execute #LGBTI people open for #sanctions or #refusal of #aid from the United Nations at the discretion of Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Col. Jordan Palmer with Kentucky Equality Federation and Marriage Equality Kentucky, called the U.S. vote shameful, but not unlike similar resolutions the U.S. also sided with #Russia, #Iran, and #Egypt in the past.

“#America will never be “great” again until we deal with #humanrights,” Palmer stated.

Kelly Currie, the U.S. representative to the U.N. Economic and Social Council, attended the event but did NOT speak.

Former Vice President Biden is among those who spoke at last year’s U.N. LGBT Core Group event.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley in April said the U.S. remains “disturbed” by the ongoing crackdown against gay men and lesbians in #Chechnya.
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