The Road to Equality passes through small Kentucky town


By Alessio Tummolillo

Vicco, an appalachian town in Kentucky with a population of 335 people, became the smallest municipality in the state to pass a fairness ordinance that forbids discrimination against LGBT people in housing, employment, and public accommodations. 

The measure was backed by the town’s mayor as well as three of the four city council commissioners. This is the first such ban supporting LGBT equality in Kentucky in the last ten years, in which no other city in the state passed any kind of LGBT-related ordinance. 

“Vicco is a community that believes all folks should be treated fairly,” shared Vicco City Attorney Eric Ashley. “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.”

Vicco becomes Kentucky’s fourth municipality to pass such an ordinance, following Lexington, Louisville, and Covington.

Fairness ordinances are now being considered in other Kentucky towns such as Bowling Green, Elizabethtown, Shelbyville, Berea and Richmond.

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