Kentucky (Scott Sloan-Kentucky.com) – The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission has sided with the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization in its discrimination complaint against T-shirt printer Hands On Originals, setting up a potential public hearing between the groups.
In a document released by both the GLSO and Hands On Originals, the commission found the company violated the city’s fairness ordinance, part of which prohibits businesses open to the public from discriminating against people based on sexual orientation. The commission also noted the company should stop “discriminating because of sexual orientation.”
At the center of the issue, which triggered a wave of public criticism and discussion, was the refusal by Hands On Originals to print apparel for the GLSO’s annual Pride Festival. Hands On Originals’ leader has said he declined the order because the T-shirt vendor is a Christian company and he disagreed with the message of the shirt. The apparel was to include a stylized number 5 on the front with “Lexington Pride Festival” and a list of the sponsors of the fifth edition of the gay pride event on the back.