About Ky Competes

Hard work, determination, fairness, earning a living, providing for your family, and taking pride in a job well done–these are the Kentucky values that drive our workforce and help our commonwealth thrive.

As a coalition of some of Kentucky’s leading employers, home-grown corporations, and small, locally owned businesses, we believe that our policies should reflect these values. It’s why our companies have adopted LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination policies to ensure our workplaces are welcoming to all our employees and their families.

It’s time Kentucky’s Civil Rights Act reflected these values. A Statewide Fairness Law would simply update the Kentucky Civil Rights Act to add sexual orientation and gender identity to discrimination protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations. It’s the right thing to do, and it’s good for Kentucky business.

Join our growing coalition of businesses

Our coalition consists of some of Kentucky’s leading employers, home-grown corporations, and small local businesses, expressing strong support for the Statewide Fairness Law, which would prohibit employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. This law—which would simply update Kentucky’s Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity—is good for Kentucky businesses and it’s the right thing to do.

Our companies have already adopted LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination policies to ensure our workplaces are welcoming to all of our employees and their families. This type of policy sends a clear message to prospective and current employees that they will be judged based solely on the quality of their work. Since the implementation of our policies, we’ve had overwhelmingly positive responses, and we’re not alone.

A staggering 94 percent of Fortune 100 businesses have inclusive non-discrimination policies. Like these other companies, our non-discrimination policies keep us competitive statewide, nationwide, and worldwide. We are able to recruit and retain the best, hardest working, and most talented individuals without impediment. Similarly, a Statewide Fairness Law would keep Kentucky competitive in workforce recruitment and retention. Currently, we could be missing out on talented employees.

Eight Kentucky cities have already adopted their own Fairness Ordinances—Covington, Danville, Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville, Midway, Morehead, and the small Appalachian town of Vicco. These are places that have sent a clear message that hardworking LGBT people don’t need to fear discrimination. But in the rest of our commonwealth, fears of prejudicial judgment may be keeping many prospective employees away, which holds Kentucky industry back and impoverishes our workforce.

Fairness is the right choice for us, and it will be the right choice for Kentucky—it has no associated costs and immeasurable benefits. We hope everyone across the commonwealth will join us in showing that Kentucky truly is a state of Fairness.

All Ky Competes Members

1044 State: Shots, BG’s Smallest Bar
4 Yoga
Age of Reason Tattoo
All Blinds, LLC
Alliance Counseling Associates
Almost Family, Inc.
Andria’s Candies
Anheuser Busch
Appalachian Fireside Gallery
April’s Pawsitively Petsitting
Art Attack Tattoos
Art Matters
Ashlea L. Shephard, Attorney at Law
Babylon Café
Barbara Stewart Interiors
Beauty by Bethany
Bee Bops Restaurant
Bella Ragazza Boutique
Beloved Viking Vinyl
Berea Arts Council
Berea Coffee and Tea
Berea Credit Union
Berea Tourism
Beverly Hills Bargain Boutique
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Bill’s Restaurant
Black Sheep Bakery
Blue Equity, LLC
Boston’s Floral Couture
Broadway BodyWork
Brown-Forman Corporation
Bruster’s Ice Cream
Buena Vida Group LLC
Candlemakers on the Square
Carl Horton Realtor
Carleo’s Food & Spirits
Carter’s Tattoo Co.
Cedar Haven Wellness & Arts
Center for the Arts/Fiber Frenzie
Central Presbyterian Church
Chickadee’s Comfort Food
Chiseled Features Studio
Chrysalis Ventures
Classic Cuts & Shaves
Computer Surgeons
Con Con’s
Consignment World
Corsair Distillery
Craft Gallery
Creative Arts by Sherri
Crisp Boutique
Crocker Law Firm
Crossfit Old School
Cruise Planners
Crystal Ludwick Photo, LLC
Currier’s Music World
Dale’s Hot Dog Stand
DBS Interactive
Digital Business Solutions, Inc.
Don Langley – Landlord
Dr. John Downing, M.D.
Dr. Lowell C. Ware Eye Care
Dublin’s Pub
E. Jones Law and Policy
Earth Tools, Inc.
EastSide Fmaily Care
En Vogue
Energy Balance
Exhale Studios
Family Matters Mediation, LLC
Famous Bistro
Fifth Third Bank
First Gear Screen Printing
Francie Sartain, MSW, LCSW
Gallery at 916
Gambrinus Libation Emporium
GE Appliances
Gilliam Gallery & Studio
Gladiator Law Marketing
Grandma’s Attic
Great Northern Building Products, LLC
Green Earth Stones
Guesthouse on Story
Half Price Books Outlet
Hangout Creative
Happy Place Travel
Heath & Molly
Herb & Willow
Highland Chamber Players
Hilltop Counseling Services
Hippie Hill Hemp Soaps
Hixson Law Office
Hogan Lovells
Holistic Balance Mental Health and Hypnotherapy
Home Café & Marketplace
Homegrown Yoga
Homeless & Housing Coalition of Ky
Honeysuckle Vine
Hope Harbor
Horne Title and Escrow Services, LLC
Hot Flash Beads
Howard’s Cycling & Fitness
Howard’s Locksmith
Images of Santa Claus
Ingen Art Gallery & Studio
JAA Studios
Jett & Hall
Jill’s, A Place for Nails
Kentucky Environmental Foundation
Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen
KW Ryan Law PLLC
Labold and Sons
Lady Luck Tattoo and Body Piercing
Langsford Learning Acceleration Centers
Law Office of Steven Downey
Leanhart Plumbing, Inc
Lindsay Gallery Studio
London House Hair Art
London House Property
Louisville Community Acupuncture
Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Louisville Salt Cave
Lucky Lady Tattoos
M&M Jewelers
Madison Garden
Magnolia Photo Booth Company
Main Street Café
Massage Suite
Megan Lavery, LMT
Mellow Matt’s Music & More
Micki’s on Main
Mike’s Hike & Bike
Mirko Pasta
Morris Jewelry
My Fat Burrito
Nikki’s Tavern
Noah’s Art Salon
Nona’s Downtown Market
Noodle Nirvana
Norton Healthcare
Novo Dolce Gastro Pub
Outer Loop
Overtime Sports Bar & Grill
Owensboro Music Center
Paula Hayden Agency
  Peptides International, Inc.
Permanent Paint Tattoo and Fine Arts Studio
Plummer & Plummer, LLC
PNC Financial Services Corp.
Pots Place
Prince Hookah Lounge
Puerto Vallarta
Rapid Rick
RePets Super Thrift Store
Rhonda’s Wild Hair Salon
Riley’s Bakery Inc.
Robie & Robie Books
Rocky’s Bar
Rosengarten & Associates
September Hills Farm
Shenanigan’s Wine & Spirits
Sherry Vincent – Realtor – Coldwell Banker
Shine LLC
Simply Chic Home Accents
Something Old Antique Mall
Southern Lanes
Sparks Salon
Spencer’s Coffee
Strawberry Fields Yoga
Studio 105 Art & Frame
Suite Zen Therapeutic Spa
Sur La Lane Photography
Sustainnovators LLC
Sweet Temptations
T & D Gallery
Tachau Meek, PLC
Taboo Brothers Tattoos
Tachau Meek PLC
Taste of Europe
Tea Bayou
Teresa Cole, Studio Potter (Gallery 103)
The Big To-Do Music Festival
The Bistro
The Bowling Green Taxi Guy
The Comfy Cow
The Country Peddler
The Freight House
The Paddy Wagon
The Promenade Gallery
The Regal Beagle
The Resurrection Shop
The Travel Authority
The Village Trough
The Wellness Retreat
Three Brothers
Top Drawer Gallery
Tropic Vapor
Union Church
Verdi Restaurant
Vette City Roller Derby, Inc.
Volunteers of America Mid-States
Village Gifts KY
Warden & Co. Garden Center
Wasson & Thornhill PLLC
Wayne Corporation
Weaver’s Bottom Craft Studio
White Squirrel Brewery
Winos Depot
WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships
WKU Bookstore
WKU Department of Social Work
Yummy Buffet
The Zoppoth Law Firm