Led by Jordan Palmer, Kentucky Equality Federation is the largest all-volunteer grassroots lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender ("LGBTI") civil rights organization in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Gay Rights Accomplishments

  • Responsible for having the Commonwealth's 2004 Constitutional Amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage struck down by Judge Wingate before the actions of the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Kentucky Equality Federation filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Responsible for the first federal gay hate crime conviction in U.S. history.
  • Held the first protest at the Governor's Annual Kentucky Derby Breakfast.
  • Established new protocols for LGBTI people arrested and/or detailed by law enforcement across Kentucky.

Kentucky Equality Federation is the largest all-volunteer grassroots lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) civil rights and advocacy alliance for social and political equality in the Commonwealth. We lead efforts for equality and fairness at the state level. Kentucky Equality Federation is a diverse organization consisting of several corporations and groups with a common cause for fairness, Peace, Liberty, and Equality for All.

Public Advocate Service

Led by an Administration, supervised by a Board of Directors, and composed of an Alliance of different organizations, with Ambassadors of Goodwill around the United States, the Kentucky Equality Federation acts as the public advocate for victims of discrimination, hates crimes, and school bullying across the Commonwealth.


Kentucky Equality Federation believes all people are endowed with inalienable rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness and fulfillment free from oppression, discrimination, school bullying, and hate crimes regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, creed, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other defining characteristic.

Many people and groups are victims of discrimination. Some are discriminated against because of their sexual orientation, sexual identity, race, gender, veteran status, or political identification (or lack thereof).

Discrimination takes many forms, and it is necessary that the victims of such treatment strive for a better world where all groups, orientations, identities, creeds, and political groups can achieve equality; we need your help to change this!

The emancipation of slaves, voting rights for women, and the civil rights movements were landmark victories for the cause of equality, but this struggle continues today……

Jordan Palmer Summary

Founded by Col. Jordan Palmer in 2004, the Kentucky Equality Federation’s history for gay rights (LGBTI) is historic for LGBTI Rights in Kentucky. Kentucky Equality Federation’s Col. Jordan Palmer pushed the first gay hate crime convictions in U.S. history. Kentucky Equality Federation under the orders of Col. Jordan Palmer, sued the Warren County Regional Jail for allowing a gay inmate to have his nose bitten off.