State lawmakers introduce bills to make Kentucky more LGBTQ + friendly

LOUISVILLE, KY (WOWK) – Kentucky lawmakers are introducing bills designed to make the state more welcoming to residents of the LGBTQ community.

State Representative Lisa Willner of Louisville highlighted the legislation at a press conference at the First Unitarian Church in Louisville.

According to Willner, State Representative Kim Banta, a Republican from Fort Mitchell, is the main co-sponsor of two bills, a statewide fairness bill and one banning conversion “therapy” for Kentuckians under the age of 18.

Willner says the third bill would require public schools to provide age-appropriate, medically accurate and LGBTQ + inclusive health education to their students.

“I really enjoyed working with Representative Banta as we and so many others work to end discriminatory practices based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and to stop the so-called ‘therapy’ of conversion for minors. It means so much that bipartisan support for this work has grown in recent years, ”said Representative Willner. “Let’s make 2022 the year these bills become law.”

“Representative Willner and I share the belief that it is so important for all Kentuckians to have the full opportunity to be who they are and not be discriminated against because of it,” said Banta. “I pledge to do all I can to get these bills passed. Our friends and loved ones shouldn’t have to wait another year for these legal and health protections to be in place.

Representative Patti Minter is also reintroducing her bill that would ban discrimination in public employment, housing and housing based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The bill would add to Kentucky‘s existing civil rights law, which already prohibits discrimination based on race and gender.

Currently, 21 towns in Kentucky have adopted fairness ordinances, which enact the same anti-discrimination protections at the local level.

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