Hazard, Kentucky City Council: Change the pool's rules! Kicking out gay people from the pool is not O.K.
  • Petitioned Charlotte Sizemore

This petition was delivered to:

Director of Pavilion
Charlotte Sizemore
City Manager
Carlos Combs
Hazard City Commissioner
Lou Ella R. Farler
Hazard City Commissioner
Jimmy Lindon
Hazard City Commissioner
Dr. John F. Gilbert Jr., M.D.
Hazard City Commissioner
Donald "Happy" Mobelini
Mayor of Hazard
Nan Gorman
City Attorney
Paul R. Collins

Hazard, Kentucky City Council: Change the pool's rules! Kicking out gay people from the pool is not O.K.

    1. Kentucky Equality Federation
    2. Petition by

      Kentucky Equality Federation

      Somerset, KY

Two gay men with developmental and intellectual disabilities were kicked out of the pool at The Pavilion, a government-funded recreational facility in Hazard, Kentucky because "gay people weren't allowed to swim there."

According to Raw Story:

"The Pavilion staff immediately entered the pool area and asked my clients and their staff to leave the Pavilion," Mending Hearts Executive Director Shirlyn Perkins recalled. "My staff asked The Pavilion staff why they were being asked to leave, and they were informed that 'gay people' weren't allowed to swim there."

"My staff told this man that what he was trying to do was discrimination. The man stated that what he was doing was in the Bible and he could do it. My staff continued to argue with this man, but was ultimately forced to leave. My clients, whom already feel ridiculed and different, left the city owned facility crying and embarrassed for trying to participate in 'normal' activities that everyday 'normal' people do," she added.

The Kentucky Equality Federation has demanded an apology from the Hazard, Kentucky City Council for this blatant discrimination.

While the City of Hazard's Mayor Nan Gorman is sympathetic and has formally apologized, the real power to resolve this issue lies with the City Manager Carlos combs and the City Attorney, Paul R. Collins. We demand a resounding apology from the entire city government, including the City Manager Carlos Combs, and the City Attorney. 

Sign below to send an email to the City condemning this outrageous act while demanding an apology.

NEW:  An apology is also due the LGBTI community of Hazard, and gender identity should be added to the pools rules against discrimination. 

PROTEST UPDATE: Video from Lex18.com on the Protest/Community Rally.

 

 

 

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. The City of Hazard still refuses to add "gender identity."

      Kentucky Equality Federation
      Petition Organizer

      The City of Hazard still refuses to add "gender identity." Though adding "sexual orientation" was a major victory, we cannot exclude "gender identity." It must be added by the City of Hazard. Thank you for all of your support!

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. Add Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity as a Protected Class!

      Kentucky Equality Federation
      Petition Organizer

      Add Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to the Kentucky Civil Rights Act as a Protected Class!

    4. Reached 2,000 signatures
    5. City of Hazard and Kentucky Equality Federation continue to negotiate.

      Kentucky Equality Federation
      Petition Organizer

      The City has added sexual orientation, but we want gender identity also added as a protected class to use The Pavilion; as a community, we cannot leave any of our people behind! So far the City has suspended the employee and reprimanded the manager.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Joe Mirabella
      Petition Organizer

      Hazard's Mayor has apologized, but we must keep up the pressure on the rest of the city government.

    8. Reached 750 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Carlos Collins POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      i think that man should be fired, and not allowed to work anywhere, where government funding is utilized.

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    • Sime Validzic NOVI ZAGREB, CROATIA
      • over 2 years ago

      How is it that people who quote the Bible against gays never seem to have anything against: bullying at schools, genocide towards Native Americans and taking their land, destruction of the environment, exploitation of poor countries and that of workers in the United States of America, or financial scams which ruining life for many people?

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    • Anita Wisch VALENCIA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      And they wonder how they got the reputation of being backward thinking, backwoods hillbillies.... Sad

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    • Jose Rosario TAMPA, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I visited Hazard last year after attending my family reunion in Pikeville as part of a road trip. But if this is how this place really is, I won't be visiting again.

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    • Kristen Kramer PORTALES, NM
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm Catholic and would have smacked the moron for his discrimination and bigotry. Yes, I just said that this Catholic would willingly subject herself to assault charges to protect the rights of homosexuals. So for those of you who keep making cracks about Catholics, shove it! We don't all agree with or support the idea that homosexuals are somehow in the wrong.

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