This week read about Kentucky allowing a children's services provider to discriminate against LGBT couples, and the gay bar Nellie's naming a new leadership in Washington D.C.

Kentucky Allows Children’s Services Provider to Discriminate Against LGBT Couples

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has reached a deal to continue contracting with Baptist-affiliated Sunrise Children’s Services for another year by eliminating anti-LGBT discrimination language from the agreement.

Sunrise Children’s Services offers foster care, adoption services, psychiatric and therapeutic care for children and families in the state, and refused to sign a contract that would have required them to consider LGBT couples as potential foster parents, citing “deeply held religious beliefs.”

According to the Advocate, the agency, which has contracted with Kentucky for over 50 years, will refer same-sex couples to other Kentucky agencies that are a “better fit” for their needs.

Fairness Campaign Executive Director Chris Hartman told the Associated Press, “We’re going to continue conversations and continue advocating for no discrimination in any state-contracted services with anyone for any reason. We don’t believe that state dollars should be utilized in the efforts of discrimination.”

Nellie’s Re-Opens, Re-Closes; Names New Leadership

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 Nellie's. Photo via Facebook.

A month into calls for the closing of Nellie’s, the D.C. gay bar has begun the process of building trust with new leadership.

After reopening to a line of protesters last Tuesday evening and closing again soon after, the bar issued a public statement on its Facebook page, apologizing for the way a 22-year-old Black woman was mistakenly identified, accused of bringing in outside liquor, and dragged down a flight of stairs by since-fired security detail.

The statement also served as an announcement that longtime trans activist Ruby Corado would serve as manager and director of Community Engagement. Corado is the founder of Casa Ruby, the city’s only bilingual and multicultural LGBT social services organization.

Nellie’s owner Doug Shantz said in a statement that Corado will ensure “all of Nellie's staff receive ongoing diversity sensitivity and inclusion training — with a focus on the concerns of LGBTQ+ people of color.”

Harriet’s Wildest Dreams co-founder Makia Green told the Washington Blade, “She should be in solidarity with the people in the streets because Ruby Corado used to be one of those people.”

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