The Bristol: 100 Strong Against Discrimination

While Louisville’s popular restaurant the Bristol celebrated its 30th Anniversary– nearly 100 people turned out to speak up against the Bristol’s blatant discrimination against Corey Nett. Please click here for the details of that discrimination.

This is democracy in action. When you allow an employee to engage in discrimination against a young man with Cerebral Palsy and never apologize, what happens? What happens when you attempt to sweep discrimination under the rug?

Citizens exercise their rights and stand up for what they believe. In this case citizens stood up with compassion for the Americans with Disabilities Act and in support of all that’s right with the United States.

We stopped by the peaceful demonstration this evening to snap some photos. Click here to view them.

Photos of note:

The hostess at the Bristol wasn’t too happy:


Some hateful guy cursed everyone and threatened us (so we snapped his photo):


Scenes from the demonstration:




Press showed up:


Here’s what WHAS11 had to say:




and Fox 41:




Thank you to Louisville’s media – both WHAS11 and WDRB/Fox 41 for giving this matter the attention it deserves. And the Courier-Journal for sending a photographer who gleefully photographed everyone who entered the restaurant.

Kudos to all who showed up to support Corey and for doing so with love and appreciation. Those of us against the war could have learned a thing or two tonight.

Standing Up for Fairness

The Fairness Campaign will host a peaceful demonstration in Louisville this evening in support of Corey Nett. Nett, a young man with Cerebral Palsy, was discriminated against by the popular Bristol several weeks ago. Nett was asked to move to the back (or leave) because his voice allegedly annoyed other customers. Well, tons of people present in the restaurant that evening have come forward to speak on his behalf saying that’s not the case.

Rather than do the professional thing by resolving this situation amicably, the Bristol has blown it off (at least publicly). As a result many people are standing up and speaking out. If you’re like-minded and support the Americans with Disabilities Act, you may want to take part.

The peaceful demonstration details are as follows:

What: Blow the Whistle on the Bristol
When: Thursday, Sept 27, 5:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Where: Front of the Bristol, Bardstown Road

Important: Matthew Shepard Act Vote Tomorrow

We never discuss hate or discrimination in Kentucky politics and that’s a shame. We’ll never hear a gubernatorial candidate or or state officer (save a few) speak out in support of ending crazy discrimination. That may change some day but we’re not holding our breath.

It’s finally here. Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate will vote on the Matthew Shepard Act (S. 1105), a force to end hate crimes in America. Unfortunately, hate-mongers are out in full force trying to spin this into a frenzy.

Contrary to popular belief among self-hating gays and Log Cabin Republicans this bill does not threaten free speech or weaken the Constitution. It won’t put preachers in jail for speaking out at the pulpit. It only applies to violent attacks based on a victim’s gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. The bill also provides funding to help law enforcement agencies investigate and prosecute violent hate crimes. It does not make hate crimes more serious than other crimes, only pushes toward eliminating discrimination.

Without this legislation hate crimes will continue to be glossed over, ignored, covered up. Most will continue to remain unprosecuted. It’s time to move into the 21st century (like the rest of the world) by telling all Americans they’ll be protected under the law. Call Sen. Jim Bunning at (202) 224-4343 and Sen. Mitch McConnell at (202) 224-2541 today. Let them know supporting S. 1105 is the right thing to do.

Louisville’s Bristol Discriminates: Update

In response to the story of the Bristol standing behind discrimination against those with disabilities, a peaceful protest has been organized for this Thursday, September 27 from 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. in front of the Bristol on Bardstown Road.

The story is getting quite interesting as an employee of the Bristol has been all over blogs (including this one) and news sites trying to muddy the water. As you’ll read in this comment an individual calling themselves “Meg” accuses Corey Nett of being a money grubber, someone who fabricated the incident. If that’s the case– why was the manager “swiftly terminated” after the incident?

Sorry, “Meg.” Most people in Louisville have known Corey Nett and his family for a while. They know he’s not out for money or for making a political statement.

It’s a sad day when a prominent landmark restaurant has its lackeys out and about trashing the disabled. It’s an unfortunate occurence in which the Bristol’s owners should have apologized for, made very public amends and immediately resolved. Instead they’re stooping to the level of bigoted haters.

Reminder: Media Ignoring Discrimination by Kentucky Farm Bureau

We remind you that only one major media outlet has paid attention to the story of Todd Eklof being fired by Kentucky Farm Bureau for supporting gay marriage.

One outlet. WHAS11.

Sam Moore, Kentucky Farm Bureau’s former president and current Board member admitted that Eklof was fired for supporting gay rights. KFB admitted it. And it falls to the wayside. Every media outlet in the state has turned a blind eye.

Why is the media afraid of this story? Does it have anything to do with the large amount of KFB advertising dollars? KFB’s 21 lobbyists, 8 of whom are active and key players in Frankfort? Maybe the $40,000 Hunter Bates was paid in 2004-2005 by KFB? Note to media: if WHAS11 can cover it? You, too, can cover it!

What is going on?

If you’re not talking about this with everyone you know– you’re complicit.

Todd Eklof & Kentucky Farm Burea: Vindication

For a refresher, please see the previous story about Eklof and KFB.

Kudos to WHAS11 for FINALLY reporting the Todd Eklof story!




Will the rest of the media see the light? Will we get to read the full story in print?

We’re not holding our breath. But we encourage readers to send their thanks to WHAS11 for shining light on an important matter that’s gotten the cold shoulder from everyone else.

KY Farm Bureau Admits Discrimination, Media Ignores It

Todd Eklof, minister of Clifton Unitarian Church in Louisville, spoke to his congregation in late 2004 about the importance of putting an end to discrimination. He vowed to stop performing marriage and commitment ceremonies for all couples until the anti-gay marriage amendment passed in 2004 is overturned.

Kentucky Farm Bureau (Todd’s employer) didn’t like this stance and fired Eklof shortly thereafter. KFB has claimed in court documents for nearly three years that he was fired for attendance and performance issues, though Eklof has consistently been able to prove (via court documents that are publicly available, No. 05-CI-09390, Jefferson Circuit Court Division 8 ) otherwise. (Read the full story here)

Rev. Eklof’s luck changed in May of this year when Sam Moore, president of KFB at the time of Eklof’s dismissal and a current member of its Board of Directors, admitted under oath that Kentucky Farm Bureau fired Todd Ekloff for being supportive of gay marriage.

Page 29 of the deposition, lines 19 and 20, Moore says in response to the question of why Eklof was terminated, “The marriages, I think. I think that was the main thing.” Click here for the complete deposition.

Sam Moore - KFB Deposition



On September 4, 2007, Eklof sent a press release detailing the admission to every major press outlet in Kentucky. No one covered the story. Not so much as a mention. Kentucky Farm Bureau has one of the largest lobbying entourages in Frankfort and claims to be the “Voice of Kentucky Agriculture” and no one covered the story of admitted discrimination and violation of the Fairness Ordinance.

Where is the mainstream media? Why aren’t the Courier-Journal or Herald-Leader covering this matter? Where are the major television news operations? Why is the story being ignored? Could it have something to do with Kentucky Farm Bureau being one of the largest advertising forces in the state? Are news organizations afraid of losing advertising dollars as a result of coverage? KFB has been known to throw its weight around in the past and it seems likely that the same thing could be happening here. We’ll never know unless the media wakes up.

Further, why is Kentucky Farm Bureau, an organization solely in place to further the interests of farmers and agriculture, advocating against gay marriage in its policies handbook?


KFB Handbook



Everything about this story stinks. We’ll wait to see if the press ever touches it.