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Richmond businesses to host Fairness Over Main

A group of 17 Richmond business owners with establishments on or near Main Street are joining with Eastern Kentucky University's Alphabet Center to host Fairness Over Main, an all-day event Friday to show support for local anti-discrimination protections in employment, housing and public accommodations based on perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.

The businesses include a number of popular luncheon spots and cafés, a travel agency, yoga studio, bike shop, tattoo parlors and more — many of which will offer fairness-themed menu items and specials to honor the day.

Fairness Over Main will end with T.G.I.Fairness!, a communitywide celebration at The Paddy Wagon Irish Pub, 150 East Main Street. Half of The Paddy Wagon's $5 cover charge and proceeds from fairness-related drink specials that night will be donated to EKU's Alphabet Center for it education and outreach work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. The Paddy Wagon event will run from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday.

An anti-discrimination fairness ordinance has been discussed by the Richmond City Commission during the past two years. In mid-2009, the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights hosted a statewide forum on fairness protections in the Richmond City Commission chambers, and this year the EKU Alphabet Center partnered with the Richmond Human Rights Commission to present a public forum on fairness. The Richmond City Commission has yet to propose or consider a local fairness law.

The businesses participating in the Fairness Over Main events on Friday will be Exhale Studios, Madison Garden, Currier's Music World, Lucky Lady Tattoos, Art Attack Tattoos, The Regal Beagle, Mike's Hike & Bike, My Fat Burrito, Babylon Café, Creative Arts by Sherri, Sparks Salon, First Gear-Screen Printing, The Travel Authority, Dale's Hot Dog Stand, Jett & Hall, Nikki's Tavern and The Paddy Wagon.

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