Register staff report
An incident of alleged discrimination at Richmond’s E.C. Million Park in early July is a “sad reminder of the need to protect all persons from the individual and societal harms of insidious acts of discrimination,” the Kentucky Human Rights Commission said in a statement released Wednesday.
That includes protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, according to the statement the panel adopted on Friday.
After Cheri Chenault and Destiny Keith kissed as they had professional photographs taken in the park, “the park gatekeeper made derogatory remarks about the couple’s sexual orientation and ousted the couple and the photographer from the park,” the statement said, quoting news reports.
In 2008, the rights agency urged the addition of sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the Kentucky Civil Rights Act “to protect more people from discrimination,” according to the statement
“In the interest of common decency and fundamental justice, the KCHR joins with the people of Richmond in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the brutal assault on the personal dignity of each of the victims in the E.C. Million Park incident,” the statement continued. “We encourage the citizens of Richmond to continue the vital struggle to ensure simple fairness, justice and equality for all of their citizens.”