The Kentucky Fairness Alliance (KFA) was an American gay rights organization formed in 1993 and based in Kentucky. In 2013, KFA merged its assets under the auspices of the Louisville-based Fairness Campaign.[1] KFA provided public education and advocacy on issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and families in Kentucky.

History[edit | edit source]

Because of its role as an advocate for LGBT Kentuckians, the history of the Kentucky Fairness Alliance mirrors the legal and legislative issues affecting gay rights in Kentucky since the early 1990s. In 1993 a group of LGBT Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth, but principally from Louisville and Central Kentucky, formed the Kentucky Fairness Alliance Education Fund with the expressed purpose of educating the public on GLBT issues.

The organization's founders included Carla Wallace and Pam McMichael of Louisville; Pam Goldman and Keith Elston of Lexington; Barry Grossheim of Northern Kentucky; the Rev. Ben Guess of Henderson; and other activists from around the state. Many in this group came to the Kentucky Fairness Alliance from their involvement in groups like Louisville's Fairness Campaign and Lexington's Gay and Lesbian Service Organization. The group's formation was in part a response to attempts in the Kentucky General Assembly to recriminalize consensual sodomy after the Kentucky Supreme Court, in Kentucky v. Wasson overturned a statute making consensual oral or anal sex between members of the same sex illegal while allowing these sex acts between members of the opposite sex.[2]

Other regular activities[edit | edit source]

Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Series[edit | edit source]

Kentucky Fairness Alliance held the 1st Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Series Kickoff Gala on May 30, 2008 in Louisville. The Human Rights Campaign was among the many sponsors[3] of the event supporting Kentucky Fairness Alliance.

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References[edit | edit source]

  2. Notes and correspondence of Keith D. Elston, 1992-1995
  3. (10 June 2008) 1st Annual Gay & Lesbian Film Series Kentucky Fairness Alliance. Accessed 10 June 2008.

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