Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Urban and Public Affairs
College of Arts and Sciences
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
LGBTQ; fairness; human resources; urban; Kentucky
This thesis explores the political and demographic obstacles facing the Fairness movement in Kentucky in regards to local employment protection ordinances for LGBTQ+ persons (Fairness Ordinances). Using case studies on recent Fairness debates in Berea and Bowling Green, this thesis explores the concern some Kentuckians have about LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination ordinances in their communities. From these cases studies, it can be concluded that many of the concerns espoused by opponents of Fairness are simple scare tactics with no evidence supporting their claims. This thesis then utilizes a logistical regression to uncover what demographic characteristics increase the odds of a municipality possessing Fairness. The variables included in this analysis include population size, racial/ethnic diversity, wealth, educational attainment, religious composition, and the presence of an LGBTQ+ political organization in the city. From this analysis, only population size and average educational attainment were found to be significant predictors of whether a city would put in place a Fairness Ordinance.
Wales, Christopher M, "LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination laws in Kentucky." (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2874.