Since 1992, Lexington Fairness has been working to fulfill the goals of fairness and equality in Kentucky. Since this time, we have transformed into an organization that is currently focusing on the Project Speak Out Campaign. Lexington Fairness is seeking support from various organizations and individuals for to bring Project Speak Out Campaign to life.
Lexington Fairness was founded in 1992 through organized community forums concerning the successful challenge to sodomy laws in Kentucky. Since that time, the organization has been involved with the passage of Fayette County’s Fairness Ordinance, affiliation with the Statewide Fairness Coalition and outreach to grassroots advocates. Being a fully volunteer-driven organization, Lexington Fairness is committed to achieving equal rights under the law, acceptance, and fairness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people in Central Kentucky through local community action, grassroots advocacy, network-building and educational outreach. For nearly 20 years, the volunteer leaders of Lexington Fairness have worked tirelessly to obtain and spread fairness for the LGBT community in Central Kentucky.
Since 2008, Lexington Fairness has maintained its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. In that time, the organization has continued to reach out to not only the LGBT community, but to all those who live in the Central Kentucky region. With new found partnerships with Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County, Lexmark International, University of Kentucky and many others, Lexington Fairness is proud to have forged community-wide awareness of fairness and equality issues facing Kentucky. This awareness includes regular outreach to mailing list subscribers, attendance at community events, involvement with grassroots advocacy organization, speaking with students at area colleges and presenting the highly publicized Fairness Awards.
Over the past three years, Lexington Fairness has been organizing Project Speak Out. This project has evolved into its current form to fight bullying and discrimination of LGBT youth in Central Kentucky schools. Lexington Fairness will provide Central Kentucky’s educators, counselors, school administrators and other staff with the vital information they need regarding LGBT youth bullying and suicide. For many students, simply knowing that allies exist can be a source of support. It is the goal of Lexington Fairness and Project Speak Out to provide those allies in Central Kentucky public schools.
Project Speak Out involves bringing in nationally-renowned trainers to Lexington. Lexington Fairness will bring the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) for training and developmental support of Project Speak Out. GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. This partnership is the perfect match for Project Speak Out and we are eager for the work to begin.
The partnership with GLSEN involves bringing in their professional safe school trainers on August 3, 4, and 5, 2012. After this 3 day workshop involving 2 GLSEN trainers and approximately 30 initial participants, the trainers will have educated a group of core volunteers. These volunteers will include representatives from area public schools, education specialists, community counselors, nonprofit organizations’ leadership, and passionate community leaders. These volunteers will then provide training to public school officials & staff, community organizations, and other requests from the general public for trainings. In addition to the presentations and training, this partnership also includes distribution of GLSEN’s Safe Space Kits, which provides a program for action to create a positive learning environment for every child, including stickers, posters and a 42-page guidebook.
Lexington Fairness will be able to continue ad hoc trainings along with the volunteer trainers. In addition, Project Speak Out will evolve into a program that can be instituted across the state to help alleviate bullying incidences. Trainers will be guest speakers at other events, and Lexington Fairness will devote its energy to spreading bullying prevention awareness across Kentucky. Overall, the result of this training will provide the following results:
Participants will assess their own attitudes and beliefs related to LGBT bias.
Participants will learn about the prevalence of anti-LGBT bullying in schools and its impact on students’ social, emotional and academic success.
Participants will increase knowledge of LGBT terminology.
Participants will explore strategies and develop skills to respond to anti-LGBT bullying and harassment situations that might occur in schools.
Participants will create an action plan that will assist them in creating safer schools for all.
Participants will gain knowledge about resources available to support LGBT students.
Project Speak Out is possible thanks to support from JustFundKY, Brown-Forman, QX.net, Imperial Court of Kentucky, and many other community organizations and individuals. Your continued support allows Project Speak Out to change the lives of youth in Kentucky. We look to you for support of Project Speak Out and bullying prevention trainings, film screenings, video collection, and educational outreach.
Exceptional support for this bullying prevention program has been provided by a wide base of supporters. We honor their proven record of helping our youth battling the impacts of bullying.
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