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AUG 2015

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18 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 8.15 21 QUESTIONS Chris Hartman Describe the space you're in right now. "Around a table full of diverse activists and social workers at the Louisville Youth Group offce discussing LGBT inclusion in local homeless shelters." How did you make your frst dollar? "Kool-Aid/baseball card stand with my best friend Jason, circa fourth grade." Your drink? "Bourbon. Neat. Maybe a rock or two — depends on the bottle." Favorite possession? "Ticket to President Obama's 2008 inauguration. We fought tooth and nail to make it out of the perilous vortex that was the nefarious 'Purple Ticket Gate,' where so many folks with tickets got trapped during the inauguration and never made it. Fortunately, I'm 6'4", so I could see above the crowd and pull my dear friend toward a trickle of movement. The ticket always brings back the memories of that frigid morning we struggled to watch true American history be made." Favorite thing hanging on the walls of your home? "Autographed playbill by the original Broadway cast of Rent!" What's on your credit- card statement? "A ZERO BALANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!" What/who makes you laugh? "My bestie Tiffany LaVoie, an improviser/actor I met in New Hampshire doing Plus 8 More When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up? "Paleontologist. Stegosaurus got me like whoa." The most unusual beneft of your job? "LGBT Pride is a paid holiday." Besides your current job, what's the best job you've ever had? "Congressman John Yarmuth's campaign spokesperson. #BecauseCongressmanAwesome." Shakespeare for kids more than a decade ago. Now she lives in Louisville and teaches at Western Middle School, where she launched the drama program." Best book you've read over the past year? "Besides Justice Kennedy's 'freedom to marry' opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, I'm diving into Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham, by Emily Bingham. It's a fascinating exploration of a local LGBT icon whose story was kept in the closet too long." Superstitions? "I originally said none, but then I picked up half a dozen face-up pennies yesterday, leaving behind the others, so…." Favorite movie scene? "The steamy bedroom battle between Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Greatest movie ending? "How about TV series? Nothing beats Six Feet Under." If forced to get a tattoo today, what would you get? "The commonwealth of Kentucky with stars Illustration by Kendall Regan representing each city that has passed an LGBT anti- discrimination fairness ordinance. Currently, there are eight — only three when I started my job: Covington, Danville, Frankfort, Lexington, Louisville, Midway, Morehead and the tiny Appalachian coal town of Vicco." What's Louisville missing? "More white folks speaking up for racial justice." If Actors Theatre staged a production about your life, what would the performance be called? "This Queer Again?" Something unexpected you love in Louisville? "Iroquois Park's disc-golf course. It's a great way to stay in shape." What do you collect? "I haven't gotten rid of my mid-'90s Magic: The Gathering cards. They're my version of stocks?" Do you believe in aliens? "I think I've worked with a few in Frankfort." What makes somebody a Louisvillian? "You know where that old Bacon's was." Hartman, the 35-year-old director of the Fairness Campaign, was at home in Old Louisville with his boyfriend when he heard the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. "My frst thoughts? Press release! E-blast! Facebook! Twitter! Shower! Press conference! Go!" says Hartman, whose organization promotes LGBT rights. "The ruling was a moment of pride and validation, and a complicated reminder that now, in most of Kentucky and the U.S., LGBT people can be married today and fred tomorrow without anti-discrimination protections. My thoughts immediately shifted to how we win a statewide fairness law to protect all LGBT Kentuckians." Since the ruling, Hartman says, "We've been battling Kentucky county clerks who want the right to discriminate against LGBT folks by not issuing marriage licenses. Some are being sued by the ACLU of Kentucky right now, and the others will be soon if they don't comply. As Gov. Beshear has said, these clerks need to do their jobs or resign immediately, rather than waste tens or hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on lengthy litigation. We're also now preparing for the onslaught of anti-LGBT legislation in Kentucky's General Assembly that will seek to restrict marriage rights and discrimination protections. There's so much work left to do." Your vices? "Ordering the hottest item on the menu." First thing on your bucket list? "Skydiving!" Least favorite word? "Lifestyle." Can't- miss TV show? "Family Guy." What should every person try once? "Indian food." Most noticeable quirk? "Hugger, not a shaker." Derby winner? "Regret, 1915. First flly to win the roses." On your nightstand? "Sour green apple Now and Laters."

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