Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Fairmont joins 17 other cities statewide to have passed a Fairness Law. The vote on Monday was 7-2.
Monongah, also in Marion County, enacted its ordinance in September. Bolivar, in Jefferson County, enacted one in April. Keyser and South Charleston enacted theirs last year.
The laws protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations.
West Virginia has no statewide anti-discrimination law for its LGBTQ residents.
The Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBTQ rights organization, scores seven of the state’s cities on its equality index.
Fairmont is not one of them, but nondiscrimination laws carry the most weight of the factors it considers.
Huntington and Morgantown scored a perfect 100. By contrast, Parkersburg, which does not have a Fairness Law, scored 13.