Yellow and red lighted building during night time Louisville Business First interviews Spencer Jenkins of Queer Kentucky and LPF Board Member Xian Brooks about rainbow capitalism. "Pride-related marketing has exploded in the years following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage in 2015," writes Haley Cawthon, and "it’s usually what drives corporate sponsorship dollars that keeps organizations like [Queer Kentucky] afloat and increases visibility on a national scale." The article has suggestions for businesses that [...]
David Rae has an article about retirement planning for LGBTQ+ people in Forbes. According to Rae, "More than 3 million LGBT Americans are currently over age 50, and that number is estimated to more than double over the next decade as baby boomers ride in on a rainbow-hued silver wave... There is a retirement planning crisis across the spectrum in America, but many in the LGBTQ+ community are especially at risk of not being able to maintain their standard of [...]
For Pride Month, Becker's Hospital Review looks at how 7 hospitals across the country are trying to reduce LGBTQ health care disparities. "More than half of patients in the LGBTQ community report having faced discrimination in a healthcare setting. Seventy percent of transgender or gender-nonconforming patients said they have experienced discrimination in a healthcare setting, and 56 percent of lesbian, gay or bisexual patients reported facing discrimination in healthcare, according to the Human Rights Campaign's "Healthcare Equality Index 2020." Locally, you [...]
Republic Bank just made it a lot easier for transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming propel to have their true name on their debit card! According to their press release, "You can proudly display your chosen name and present your true identity with the Republic Bank Mastercard Debit Card with the True Name feature on personal and business checking accounts. Because whether you are buying groceries or out with friends, you should always be accepted for who you truly are. Republic [...]
Brown and white short coated dog wearing sunglasses inside car The folks over at Bankrate have put together a comprehensive list of the state laws and guidelines on how to change gender on a driver’s license. They verified the information with local groups, including Fauver Law Office of Louisville and the TransKentucky advocacy group. Below is the current process for Kentucky and Indiana, but information is always subject to change! You can see the full, up-to-date list here: https://www.bankrate.com/insurance/car/changing-gender-on-license/ [...]
Person at computer Here is a great opportunity we are offering to our amazing LGBT+ community partners about our upcoming National LGBT+ Youth Summer Tech Camps. Maven Youth is a national nonprofit which provides LGBT+ Youth to network, organize and educate for social change through technology. We foster a rare safe space for LGBT+ Youth (14-24) to explore careers in tech while learning to code with other LGBT+ Youth across the country. If you ever looked into [...]
The Sixth Louisville Pride Festival will be September 18, 2021 The Louisville Pride Festival will be returning for its sixth year on Saturday, September 18. The Festival was held every year from 2015-2019. In 2020, the Foundation launched a Digital Pride initiative to deliver virtual programming and organized a Day of Service when the Festival could not be held, due to COVID-19. The Louisville Pride Festival is an annual street fair and concert that is held on [...]
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A roundup of local resources and opportunities related to queer mental health. Gender Journey Teen Therapy Group at Mandala House This online therapy group offers support and skill building for teens (ages 14-19) who are transgender, nonbinary, gender expansive, or questioning their gender. Topics covered include assertive communication, self-advocacy, coping skills, peer and family relationships, and accessing gender affirming healthcare. Much of group’s content comes from The Gender Quest Workbook, and individuals joining the group are encouraged to have access [...]
Louisville Metro Government offers a free savings program that connects you to a financial coach who can help you to achieve your goals. Not ready to save? Behind on bills? Stuck at step one? AcceLOUrate Savings can help! Contact a coach to work with you on your financial plan. Offices are at South Central Neighborhood Place, Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place, and Ujima Neighborhood Place, but coaches can serve anyone. All appointments are virtual during COVID-19. Learn more about Accelourate savings [...]
Do you need help managing your money or accessing public programs because of COVID-19? Louisville Metro Government, in partnership with The Louisville Housing and Opportunities Micro-Enterprise Community Development Loan Fund (LHOME) has launched a no-cost Financial Navigator Program. You can receive assistance and guidance over the phone to help you manage the financial impact of COVID-19. Trained Financial Navigators are available to help you manage financial issues, identify actions steps, and make referrals to other programs and services. To sign [...]
Scientific American debunks the argument that trans girls should not be allowed to play on girls teams. From the article: "There is no epidemic of transgender girls dominating female sports. Attempts to force transgender girls to play on the boys’ teams are unconscionable attacks on already marginalized transgender children, and they don’t address a real problem. They’re unscientific, and they would cause serious mental health damage to both cisgender and transgender youth."
There is too much hate and violence in America, and the Louisville Pride Foundation joins others in our community in honoring the victims of the Atlanta shooting. Violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (often abbreviated as AAPI) has seen a massive increase during COVID-19. Violence against women remains a major problem that society won’t fully recognize and address. Violence against people who are (or who are perceived to be) sex workers is unacceptable and targets some of the most [...]
Parkar Stock on Scopio The Department of Housing and Urban Development is now looking at complaints and inquiries from the last year to see if they warrant further investigation. Anyone that experienced discrimination in housing in 2020 can still take action to have their cases heard. Complaints can be filed here: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/online-complaint or by calling 1-800-669-9777 or 1-800-877-8339. Examples of what constitutes discrimination are: Shelters refusing access because of gender identity or forcing someone to stay in a sex-segregated shelter that [...]
All Peoples is a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Louisville, formerly known as Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church. All Peoples describes itself as a "Welcoming Congregation," meaning, "we affirm and include people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer at every level of congregational life—in worship, in program, and in social occasions—welcoming them as whole people." All Peoples talks about this commitment on their website, which includes upcoming events and a resource list. In addition, the Unitarian Universalist church hosts an [...]
Two Ways to Connect Every Month As we enter 2021, we've decided to make a little change to the way we approach our work. Our goal is to be productive and keep people connected without contributing to Zoom fatigue. So instead of having multiple smaller committees, we are going to have two, large meetings a month. You are invited to join us at one or both meetings! Monthly Community Meeting This is the place for networking, making connections and catching up, [...]