Tiny Appalachian City of Vicco is Fourth in Kentucky to Pass an LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance

The Vicco City Commission, via the Fairness Campaign.

Vicco, Kentucky, a small Appalachian city, is the fourth in the state (and the first in a decade) to pass an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance, the ACLU reports:

Situated in the southern tip of Perry County in the Appalachian mountain region, Vicco was incorporated in 1964 and currently boasts a population of 334 residents, according to 2010 U.S. Census data. It is nestled in the heart of coal country and was originally named for Virginia Iron Coal and Coke Company, a large land business still operating in the region.
"Vicco is a community that believes all folks should be treated fairly," shared Vicco City Attorney Eric Ashley. "We believe everyone deserves the opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Fairness is a Kentucky value, a Vicco value, and one of our most American values."
Vicco's passage of a Fairness law comes on the heels of several other Kentucky communities' movements towards anti-discrimination protections through work with the Fairness Coalition of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU-KY), Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, Kentucky Fairness Alliance, and Lexington Fairness.


  1. simon says

    Only 334 people? They probably know every gay in the village, assuming the gays don’t hide themselves.

  2. Steve says

    Heartwarming on a cold night. Stereo-types of rural ignorance take a gut punch. Not all of us who live in the backwaters are close minded. Good for all involved.

  3. Yupp says

    Ha ha ! The towle and the belonsky HATE these kinda stories. Destroys all their pigeon-holing of small towns (as well as Kentucky).

  4. Randy says

    It’s over. When small towns in the south are now seeing gays and lesbians as human beings and deserving of equal rights, then the haters have lost. It’s only a matter of time now.

  5. Darrell says

    Considering there are 3 very hot looking guys at the council meeting, Vicco must be the place to move to!

  6. bandanajack says

    all over kentucky, fair minded people have been fighting back against entrenched bigotry. there have probably been more losses than gains, but the fact that the skirmishes continue does indeed suggest that the war is won, even though the battles continue.