Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects



Document Type



This CE/T project explores the histories of the local movements for fairness ordinances which transpired in Kentucky in the year 1999. Fairness ordinances expand local civil rights protections on the basis of ‘sexual orientation’ and sometimes ‘gender identity’ to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) peoples and usually protect in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations. Four communities in the state considered such laws in 1999: Greater Louisville, Lexington-Fayette, the City of Henderson, and the City of Bowling Green. This thesis takes a holistic approach towards the history of these movements, exploring the procession of chronological events, arguments for and against, and reactions to passage. In the conclusion, these four localities are briefly analyzed together for what each contributed to the 1999 events and as well as for what each teaches about the state of the overall LGBT rights movement in Kentucky.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Patricia Minter


Community-Based Research | Gender and Sexuality | Political Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Influence and Political Communication