While progress has been made, sadly discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community is still widespread, affecting people in employment, housing, health care, access to credit, and so many other areas of life. In a recent survey, more than a quarter of LGBTQ+ people reported experiencing sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination, causing a significant number of people to avoid public places like stores, restaurants, and even doctors’ offices. In Kentucky, urban centers like Lexington and Louisville have led by passing local ordinances, but we need a state law that once and for all bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. I stood against hate and SB 150 during the 2023 session. I spoke out when a fellow member of the house called being a member of the LGBTQ community “a disease“. I pledge to always stand with the LGBTQ+ community and work toward equality and fairness for all.