The GLSO is proud to announce that Kira Goldade has been elected to a position on the GLSO Board. Kira is a mother of two amazing teenage children. Kira relocated to Kentucky from Ohio for a change in her life, and connected with the GLSO because a loved one came out and trusted her enough to provide them support and be non-judgmental. Since then, Kira has been very involved with the GLSO. Kira was a Pride volunteer in 2014 and has participated in Heart-to-Heart meetings and GLSO/Pride fundraisers. Kira joined the 2015 Pride Committee, and currently serves as the Vendor Liaison Chairperson. In her spare time, Kira enjoys watching football, crocheting, and spending time with her family. Please join us in welcoming Kira.
As always, GLSO Board meetings are open to everyone; if you are interested in joining the Board or would just like to attend our meetings as a guest. Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30PM at the GLSO Center (389 Waller Avenue, #100, Lexington, KY 40504).
Taking into consideration the GLSO’s mission of inclusion and focus on community involvement, the GLSO Board would like to make a statement about the events that have been taking place in Baltimore, Maryland.
First, we would like to address the role of the media and the mixed messages that have been surfacing for the last two days. It is important to recognize that context matters. While words such as “riots” and “looting” are the constant focus of the news, we recognize that this is merely an attempt to maintain the status quo and distract individuals from the reality of the situation: Black individuals in our country continue to be brutally killed and treated as second-class citizens by a system that consistently protects those of privileged identities. Therefore, we encourage members of our community to look beyond the headlines and understand the long history of oppression that our Black brothers and sisters have endured. As a community that knows too well the consequences of years of oppression and marginalization, let’s recognize that silence is never the answer, as silence “only encourages the tormentor, never the tormented” (Elie Wiesel). Let’s never side with the oppressor. Let’s never be the oppressor.
Second, we recognize that there are many members of our LGBTQ+ community who also share layers of oppressed identities, such as being Black and LGBTQ+, that make it harder for them to express their authentic selves. Therefore, we would like to reach out and say that: we see you, we hear you, and we understand your struggles. Please know that as a community organization we are here to provide ALL members of our community a safe space where you can BE your own authentic self.
The GLSO is disappointed at Judge Ishmael’s ruling. We feel that this is a reminder that there are still many out there who feel that their citizenship is worth more than that of members of the LGBTQ+ community. This is merely another battle on what has been a long road to full equality for the LGBTQ+ community; which, despite this decision, has been trending toward equality for all. We will discuss this ruling with the Lexington Human Rights Commission and our lawyers, and make a decision on how we will choose to proceed going forward.
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