Tiny Kentucky Town Passes LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections

The tiny town of Vicco, Kentucky has made a bit of history by passing a sweeping anti-discrimination ordinance. With a 3-1 vote from the city commission and the support of Mayor Johnny Cummings, it is now illegal in Vicco to discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Vicco is situated in the Appalachian Mountains and has a population of just 334 residents, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Still, it is now only the fourth municipality in Kentucky with LGBT nondiscrimination protections, joining Lexington, Louisville, and Covington. Statewide protections have been proposed in the state’s General Assembly numerous times, but never been brought to debate, despite broad public support.