This past week the Equality Federation Board of Directors re-elected Kentuckian Jody Cofer as co-chair, along with co-chair A.J. Bockelman of Missouri.

Jody’s re-election to the leadership of a national civil rights organization speaks strongly of how his peers across the country view his work. His passion to ensure that our nation continues to live out the true meaning of our creed-that all are created equal, continues a long legacy of Kentuckians who have fought for equality and make him uniquely qualified to continue in this leadership post,” said Governor Steve Beshear.

Jody Cofer, Academic Program Specialist at Murray State University (MSU), serves as co-chair of the MSU President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion and faculty/staff advisor to MSU Alliance, a gay-straight student organization. In June of 2009, Jody was an invited panelist for “A Fair Future for Kentucky.” Organized by the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, that event was the first public hearing on discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression by a Kentucky state-agency.

“It’s an honor to have the support of peers in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement across this country as we are working together to make significant progress in educating the general public on the harms of discrimination in public policy and practice,” said Cofer.

The Equality Federation is a national alliance of statewide LGBT organizations working to build a more skilled and effective state-based equality movement.

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