What’s New in Queer Louisville, Kentucky

Author: , December 18th, 2017

Queer Louisville

It’s 2 A.M. on a Thursday night, and I’m at Nowhere (1133 Bardstown Rd. Tel: 502451-0466. www.nowherelouisville.com) in Louisville’s Highlands neighborhood. It’s ironic, though, because “Nowhere” feels decidedly “somewhere”—particularly in today’s gay landscape. I’m struck by the LGBT diversity: genders and sexual identities, along with race and age, seem to have fallen by the wayside. I wonder if it may be my Bourbon-colored glasses that are tinting my impression of Derby City. Cocktails flow freely around nearly every corner, and Bourbon culture is deeply embedded in the city’s roots. But so are equal rights and corporate citizenship, which have positioned Louisville as a go-to destination with Southern charm and progressive values.

Named after France’s Louis XVI for his support of the fledgling US during the Revolutionary War, Louisville has been ahead of the curve since its founding in 1778. It was the nation’s first city to introduce the secret ballot to deter voter fraud, served as an important military hub for the Union Army during the Civil War, and was Kentucky’s first state to implement zoning laws to strategically shape urban growth. Today, Louisville is the state’s only city to achieve a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s municipal equality index that rates LGBT laws, policies, and services.

Much of the recent momentum stems from Mayor Greg Fischer, whose stalwart support of the LGBT community has rippled through Louisville’s residents. “A compassionate city is an inclusive, diverse, and tolerant city—period. You don’t turn people away; you embrace the diversity,” says Mayor Fischer, who has held the position since 2011. “We’re proud of our 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Equality Index for the second year in a row, because we know that to maintain our forward momentum as a city, we need to work to ensure that everyone—everyone!—has the ability to reach their full human potential.”

By Matthew Wexler – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Downtown

Author: , March 8th, 2017

Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Downtown

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Louisville’s premiere LGBT Hotel in the heart of downtown.

We welcome you to our city and would be thrilled to help you plan your get a way vacation! We are adjacent to the Mercury Ballroom and Palace Theatre, blocks from the Yum Center, and Fourth Street Live! Our TAG approved and gay friendly staff will help you plan visits to local shopping, LGBT Nightlife, the famous Highlands neighborhood and more.

Our roof top bar and lounge is the ideal spot to grab dinner or a cocktail while you’re hear or you can choose from numerous locations within walking distance.

Join us for Kentuckiana Pride in June or Louisville Pride in September. Chill Bar, Big Bar, and Play Dance Bar are a short drive and all offer a fantastic night out on the town.

Plenty to do and see, so check us out and we’ll check you in!

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Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in Louisville

Author: , March 21st, 2013

Kentucky MapSpring: It’s more than a term, and it’s more than a season. It’s a word that spells relief for much of America that has grown tired of shoveling snow and yearning for sunshine. There aren’t too many locales in the country that shine like Louisville in the spring, and if you’re headed to the heartland for a conference, allow us to help you make the most of it. In an effort to get you outside the boardroom and into the wilds of the Derby City, we’re offering up two restaurants, two attractions, and one bar that you can hit with just a few extra hours between meetings.

EAT: If you’re looking for a quick bite at lunch, Bistro 301 is good way to get out and stretch your legs. It’s as upscale as a casual place gets, and the menu is chock-full of local flair. Shrimp and grits come highly recommended, and if you’re just angling for a salad, they’ve got plenty of options.

Authored By Darren Murph – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Louisville and Lexington – Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region

Author: , May 26th, 2011

Louisville & Lexington, KentuckyEvery year in May, all eyes fall upon Kentucky’s pastoral Bluegrass region. During the first week of the month, the city of Louisville holds the Kentucky Derby, the most celebrated Thoroughbred racing event in the country. But from spring clear through late autumn, it’s a fine time for touring the hilly, verdant swatch of northern Kentucky that includes the state’s two largest cities, Louisville and Lexington.

Despite the region’s generally conservative demeanor, Louisville has a growing core of hip neighborhoods, an increasingly locavore-driven restaurant scene, first-rate arts and culture, and one of the world’s largest gay nightclubs. And collegiate Lexington – just 75 miles away – makes a charming base for exploring nearby horse farms and acclaimed small-batch bourbon distilleries.

Louisville: A large, modern metropolis (city-county population 721,000) on Kentucky’s Ohio River border with Indiana, Louisville (pronounced loo-uh-vull) grew from its 1778 founding into a prominent transportation hub, first for riverboats, then for the railroad, and more recently as the worldwide air cargo hub for UPS.

Full Story from SFGN

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