It’s not every day, that we hear about a gay man, who happens to have a llama farm, who has been fired from his job, for being who he is. He taught in the public school system for 15 years, left to manage his farm, plus all the other animals that he feeds and shelters. He then went back to work as a director of a day care center in Ashland, Kentucky, to help pay for the costs of maintaining the farm, then a couple of years ago, he was forced to resign. This story, and photos of the farm, can be seen at BuzzFeed. Sadly, there are no LBGT work protections mandated by the state, except for a small town of 334 residents called Vicco, and Lexington, Lovington, followed by Covington. Kentucky has a long way to go, and it’s almost an embarrassment to say that it’s a neighboring state of Illinois, where, this year will likely pass a Marriage Equality Law.
My heart goes out to Kevin, in his struggle to keep the farm going, and apparently, I’m not alone, because the folks over at BuzzFeed have started a donation pool thru gofundme. The story doesn’t stop here, because there are several LBGT coalitions working with the state. A couple that come to mind are the Kentucky Equality Federation, and of course, the HRC, both of which are working hard to get those LBGT work protections in place. Then maybe, and I say maybe, we wont be reading as many stories like Kevin’s down the road.