Promote unity, understanding, and equal opportunity among all people of Louisville Metro and to eliminate all forms of bigotry, bias, and hatred from the community.
To recognize and build upon the rich legacy of overcoming and eliminating discrimination, segregation and exclusion, to improve our communities and forge relationships that will permit mutual respect for all and not permit a person's make-up to determine their life outcomes.
The Commission & Related Ordinances: A Brief History
Louisville Metro Council passed an Ordinance requiring all departments of Metro Government to map out their equity goals in order to measure the success of the services and programs they provide.
LGBT-owned businesses can now be reciprocally certified with HRC through CIVITAS Greater Louisville Chapter. The Equity in Contracting & Procurement Task Force was created to focus on supporting minority-owned, women-owned, LGBT and disabled individual-owned businesses. The Mayor signed an executive order declaring racism a public health crisis. The order outlines seven areas for city government to address, including public safety, Black employment, housing & voting.
The Mayor launched Lean Into Louisville, a series of presentations, conversations, activities & art exhibits that explore and confront the history & legacy of all forms of discrimination and inequality in the city and the country.
The City of Louisville & Jefferson County merged & adopted the ordinance pertaining to sexual orientation & gender identity as Ordinance 193, Series 2004.
A Police Ombudsman/Citizen Advocate position was added to the Commission, providing an advocate for those in the community filing complaints against LMPD.
Jefferson County Commissioners passed an ordinance banning employment discrimination based on sexual orientation & gender identity. The Louisville Board of Alderman passed an ordinance not only banning employment discrimination, but also public accommodation & housing based on sexual orientation & gender identity.
Jefferson County Fiscal Court adopted Anti-Discrimination laws in the areas of public accommodations, employment, & housing. The City of Louisville and Jefferson County Fiscal Court entered into an agreement establishing the Human Relations Commission as a joint City/County Compact signed by the Mayor and County Judge.
In 1962, the City of Louisville took a significant step toward protecting its citizens from unlawful discrimination by establishing the Louisville Human Relations Commission. This visionary move set the stage for a city committed to fostering a more inclusive and equitable community. Just one year later, the City adopted its first ordinance, forbidding places of public accommodations from refusing service based on race. This historic step marked the beginning of Louisville's journey toward a more just and inclusive society.