What’s New in Queer Louisville, Kentucky

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

Kentucky Gay Travel Resources

Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Downtown

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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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Kentucky