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🏳️‍🌈 Pride in place
a historical marker describing the history of the Louisville gay liberation front
The new marker sits just across the street from the iconic pink mansion at the end of St. James Court.|Photo via WHAS11
If you head down to St. James + Belgravia Courts this Pride month, you’ll see a new addition to the Kentucky Historical Society’s collection of more than 2,500 historical markers. Marker No. 2652 honors two important benchmarks in LGBTQ+ history for Kentucky and the nation.

Jones v. Hallahan

On one side, the bronze sign reads: “In July 1970, Marge Jones & Tracy Knight applied for a marriage license from the Jefferson Co. clerk.” Their license was denied — just months after Jack Baker and Michael McConnell were denied a marriage certificate in Minneapolis. These were two of the first gay marriage appeal cases in the US.

The appeals process lasted for three years, ending in 1973’s Jones v. Hallahan decision. But just days after their application was first denied, the two helped found a new group in an apartment on Belgravia Court — enter: the Louisville Gay Liberation Front.

Louisville Gay Liberation Front

The Louisville Gay Liberation Front (LGLF) was just one of many Gay Liberation Fronts which cropped up around the US during the 1969 Stonewall Uprisingthat’s why June is Pride month.

The group organized a “gay hotline” to help the Louisville LGBTQ+ community. One LGLF member, Micky Nelson, recalls helping minors find places to stay after being kicked out of their homes for reasons relating to gender + orientation.

LGLF disbanded in 1971, but LGBTQ+ organizing continued in Louisville. In 1991, the Fairness Campaign picked up where the LGLF left off. In 2022, the organization applied for the historical marker that now commemorates the home of LOU’s first LGBTQ+ rights group.

Bonus: Another marker, No. 2519 at 607 E. Catherine St. commemorates House of Ruth, an organization that has been providing to support to people affected by HIV and AIDS since 1992.
Thursday, June 13
  • Louisville Ballet Presents: Boys, Books, & Ballet | Thursday, June 13 | 6-7 p.m. | Northeast Library (LFPL), 15 Bellevoir Circle, Louisville | Free | Join dancers from the Louisville Ballet to learn more about boys in ballet and learn some moves — all ages and genders welcome.
Friday, June 14
  • Knocked Loose | Friday, June 14-Saturday, June 15 | 7 p.m. | Old Forester’s Paristown Hall, 724 Brent St., Louisville | $39.50-$69.50 | See the Oldham County hardcore band play their new album, “You Won’t Go Before You’re Supposed To.”
  • ACT Louisville Presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” | Friday, June 14-Sunday, June 23 | 7:30 p.m. | Iroquois Amphitheater, 1080 Amphitheater Rd., Louisville | $19-$55 | See a musical about the Biblical tale of Joseph in the historic amphitheater.
Saturday, June 15
  • Jeffersontown Farmers’ Market | Saturday, June 15 | 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Jeffersontown Farmers’ Market Pavilion, 10434 Watterson Trail, Jeffersontown | Free | Shop local produce, flowers, baked + artisinal goods, and more.
  • Racing Louisville vs. NJ/NY Gotham | Saturday, June 15 | 12 p.m. | Lynn Family Stadium , 350 Adams St., Louisville | $19-$153 | This year, the annual celebration of The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, coincides with Juneteenth.*
Sunday, June 16
  • The Dad Games | Sunday, June 16 | 12-2 p.m. | Dave and Buster’s - Louisville, 5000 Shelbyville Rd., St. Matthews | $27.99 | Compete against other families for bragging rights + free games for a year — themed family costumes encouraged.
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Get caffeinated for Drink Up Week with our Coffee On Us Giveaway
"Coffee On Us giveaway" text on a yellow background with a coffee can, bag, and beans.
Enter Heine Brothers’ giveaway to win $200 worth of beans, brews + merch, just in time for Drink Up Week.|Graphic by 6AM City
In case you missed it, we’ve bean busy getting ready for Drink Up Week sponsored by Heine Brothers Coffee.

To kick off our annual celebration of Derby City’s bountiful beverage industry, Louisville’s original coffee roaster is giving one lucky winner a brewtiful collection of:
  • Two Heine Bros x Stanley 40-oz tumblers
  • Four bags of coffee beans
  • 12 cans of Chill Brew
Psst... this prize pack is valued at more than $200.
News Notes
Coming Soon
  • Dutch Bros. is planning to open its first Louisville location — eventually. The Oregon-based drive-thru coffee shop has its eyes on purchasing a piece of property at 9101 Taylorsville Rd. It opened its first Lexington location last year and first Bowling Green location in March. (Louisville Business First)
  • A tax increment financing — or TIF — district proposal for the Urban Government Center is heading to the Louisville Metro Council for a vote next Thursday, June 20. Developers are seeking $20.3 million in tax incentives. Metro Council will be voting on the 2024-2025 Metro budget the same night.
  • Calling all romance fansA Novel Romance is hosting a grand opening ceremony for its new location at 10512 Watterson Trail this Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Make friendship bracelets, play book-themed games, and hear from three romance authors. Tickets for each event are available now.
  • The Louisville Metro Sewer District (MSD) is moving its main office from downtown to 1600 W. Hill St. in the Park Hill neighborhood. The move to west Louisville follows MSD’s current projects around replacing outdated catch basins to eliminate sewer smells. (WHAS11)
  • The 2024 Kentuckiana Pride Festival is sold out. Pop icon Chappell Roan is headlining with Icona Pop and 40,000 are expected to attend. If you missed tickets, the parade kicks off off in NuLu on Saturday, June 15 at 12 p.m., or check out more Pride events this weekend.
  • If you love bourbon balls, Whiskey Row Walking Tours has a new program for you. The Bourbon and Chocolate Tour features stops at Art Eatables, Buzzard’s Roost, and the Bristol Bar and Grille to sample pairings of Louisville’s favorite libation with chocolates. The tour runs Thursdays-Saturdays through October.
  • Raise a glass, drop a deal. We’ll be toasting to Drink Up Week sponsored by Heine Brothers Coffee — a celebration of Louisville’s vibrant beverage scene — from Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26. If you own a local business that serves beverages, join us by offering a fun drink deal to our readers — we may include it in a newsletter.
  • Florida and Kentucky high school students are among those joining the Cards men’s football team. Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews, and more from local experts of the Cardinals with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
  • ICYMI, tomorrow is National Bourbon Day. From classics to newly-crafted cocktails, Angel’s Envy has an array of cocktail recipes to try during the holiday. So, what cocktail will you be mixing up, Louisville? We’ve got our eye on Bourbon and Bubbles.*
Try This
Swing back to 1869
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The Cincinnati Red Stockings was the original name of the Cincinnati Reds.|Photo by Shaker Village
If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect Father’s Day activity, here’s an idea out of left field.

Shaker Village, the 3,000-acre National Historic Landmark in Harrodsburg, is hosting a Vintage Dad’s Day celebration this Saturday, June 15, 12-4 p.m. Here’s some of the highlights:
  • A classic car and tractor show
  • A cigar lounge — learn how to cut and light a cigar and what to pair it with
  • Bourbon tastings from Wilderness Trail Distillery
  • Vintage tool displays with tool historian Calvin Shewmaker
But the homerun event of the day is at 1 p.m. — a baseball game between the Cincinnati Red Stockings and the Bluegrass Barons. The game will use the rules as they were 150 years ago. These vintage teams play with period-reproduction equipment and uniforms to take fans back to the dawn of the game. The biggest difference in rules? No gloves — ouch.
    Louisville’s first major league baseball team formed in 1876. What was it called?

    A. The Louisville Colonels
    B. The Louisville Eclipse
    C. The Louisville Grays
    D. The Louisville Blades
    The Buy
    A Father’s Day gift that will ship in time for this weekend, thanks to Prime. We’re seeing pizza stones, spikeball kits, roomy travel backpacks, and quintessential “Best Dad Ever” mugs (those are always a winner, right?).
    The Wrap
    Declan Lowthian.jpg Today’s edition by:
    From the editor
    My mom lived on St. James Court for a couple of years when she was very young — at the same time as the Louisville Gay Liberation Front had their meetings there.
    If you’ve never taken a stroll through Belgravia Court, you owe it to yourself to do it. It’s one of my favorite spots in all of LOU.
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