The Appalachian town of Vicco, Kentucky has approved the state’s first LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance in a decade. The measure prohibits employment, housing, and public accommodation discrimination based upon a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity. The ordinance got support from three of the city’s four commissioners and Mayor Johnny Cummings.
The last city to pass such an ordinance was Covington back in 2003. Lexington and Louisville approved their ordinance in 1999. According to the Kentucky Fairness Coalition, “Vicco was incorporated in 1964 and currently boasts a population of 334 residents, according to 2010 U.S. Census data. It is nestled in the heart of coal country and was originally named for Virginia Iron Coal and Coke Company, a large land business still operating in the region.”
Vicco City Attorney Eric Ashley stated “Vicco is a community that believes all folks should be treated fairly. We believe everyone deserves the opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Fairness is a Kentucky value, a Vicco value, and one of our most American values.”
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Vicco’s passage of a Fairness law comes on the heels of several other Kentucky communities’ movements towards anti-discrimination protections through work with the Fairness Coalition of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU-KY), Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Kentucky Fairness Alliance, and Lexington Fairness. In November, grassroots movements for Fairness began in Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, and Shelbyville, joining those already under way in Berea and Richmond.