City commissioners in Danville, Kentucky, yesterday passed an ordinance protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents and visitors from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The city of nearly 20,000 becomes the seventh Kentucky city with such protections, joining Covington, Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville, Morehead, and Vicco.
Local residents first proposed the ordinance in January, and city commissioners heard testimony from supporters and opponents at several commission meetings. Congratulations and thanks go to supporters of equality in Danville who took action, as well as to The Fairness Coalition, which works across the state to advance equality for LGBT Kentuckians.
The vote in Danville is just the latest in a string of local city actions to protect LGBT people from discrimination, including recently passed non-discrimination ordinances in Bozeman, Montana, Houston, Texas, and Pocatello, Idaho. These local ordinances are critical because there are still no state laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination in a majority of states.
To find out more about what cities around the country are doing to support their LGBT residents and visitors, check out HRC's Municipal Equality Index.