Leadership of the Kentucky Equality Federation, member organizations, Alliance members, dependencies, affiliates, and sponsored organizations.
Kentucky Equality Federation’s movement is one driven by the volunteer constituents of communities throughout the Commonwealth. Our grassroots movement is at local and regional levels, as many volunteers in the community give their time to support the local/regional movement, which helps the statewide movement. Typically, decision-making authority (as practical) is shifted to the organization’s lowest geographic level of organization.
Both the Board of Directors and the President are elected by the Official Members. The Board then chooses a Chairperson from among other Board members. The President is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors but may only vote to break a tie. In practice however, the President remains out of the affairs of the Board of Directors and more than 95% of the time abstains from voting thereby leaving the issue tabled until the Chairperson can lead the Board to a quorum. This creates a completely independent Board of Directors responsible for oversight as well as a legislative body by passing resolutions, condemnations, recommendations, and petitions to governments.
The [Alliance] Secretary-General is elected by member organizations and Alliance members with each casting one (1) vote. The Secretary-General is the head of the Kentucky Equality Federation Alliance (the Federation and its member organizations, Alliance members, dependencies, affiliates, and sponsored organizations). The title is derived from the Latin word secernere, “to distinguish” or “to set apart”. The Secretary-General is the de facto head of the organization(s).
The Commonwealth is organized into designated areas (Eastern Kentucky, Central Kentucky, Southern Kentucky, a Special Southeastern Kentucky area, Northern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, etc). Regional Directors are responsible for that local area and through the Federation’s other leaders such as volunteer Outreach Directors, Officers, Board Members, etc. expand the Federations membership base.
People are drawn to activism for a wide range of reasons. People want to participate in an organization that they feel connected to; as leaders, this means they want to feel connected to our Regional Directors and our Outreach Directors, who service as Kentucky Equality Federation’s front-line activists.
Our Regional Directors and Outreach Directors are the backbone of the grassroots network of activists fighting for LGBTI equality at the local, and state level. Our non-Board, Specialized Committees also place an enormous role in our community outreach efforts, especially the Public Relations Committee and the Discrimination, Hate Crimes, and School Bullying Committee.
Regional Directors are the primary ‘go to person‘ for all things in the Region they are appointed to supervise. They are the ones who approve and supervise programs, reports, actions, and items in their assigned region. Regional Directors maintain ongoing contact with the President and the Secretary-General (or his/her designated Representative) and our Outreach Directors.
Regional Director’s may appoint a Regional Special Events Coordinator, a Regional Administrative Coordinator, and/or an Assistant Regional Director, Special Representatives, etc.
Outreach Representatives focus on educating the public about LGBTI issues within targeted communities – providing information and sharing our message in specific ways, as well as contributing information regarding their communities to our statewide organization. Outreach Representatives carry the responsibility for reaching members of the larger LBGTI community that too often have not been included, either in positions of leadership or in public education.
Similar Goals of Regional Directors and Outreach Representatives
Our Regional Directors and Outreach Representatives are our front-line activists, working within their targeted communities to change minds and hearts, one conversation at a time. These volunteers work with their families, co-workers and neighbors, elected officials and local media – they build coalitions with other organizations in their targeted community – they are a driving force behind our Federation.
Most Outreach Representatives service are non-officer, non-director volunteers.
- Outreach Representatives focus on educating the public about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) issues within specific communities – providing information and sharing our message in specific ways (including elected officials, appointed officials, other organizations, etc.), as well as contributing information regarding each community to our statewide organization. Outreach Representatives report problems and/or issues their targeted community is facing to the Office of the President, as well as the Discrimination, Hate Crimes, and School Bullying Committee.
- Outreach Representatives increase the networking ability of the organization by doing outreach work on a statewide level such as building coalitions with organizations across the Commonwealth.
- Outreach Representatives also reach out to members of the LGBTI community that too often have not been included, either in positions of leadership or in public education.