Each year, North American Bear Weekend donates all of the proceeds (after expenses) to local charities within the LGBT community.  Since the event was founded in 2011, we are very proud to announce we have donated over $60,000 to these charities.  We are excited to be partnering with the following charities in 2019r:


Mental Health disorders and suicide affects (or has affected) many of us each day.  This year, we have partnered with the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group.  Their vision is to lead the state of Kentucky to become active in the reduction of suicide deaths and attempts.  Their mission is to decrease suicide deaths and attempts in the Commonwealth through advocacy, education, training and evaluation.  Through hard work and dedication, they will continue to:

  • Advocate for suicide prevention efforts
  • Develop and implement educational strategies
  • Develop and implement marketing and public relations strategies
  • Expand community suicide prevention
  • Secure funding for continued suicide prevention efforts


Lexington Fairness has provided leadership and opportunities that have shaped and responded to the changing times. Lexington Fairness is growing! More and more people are joining the work, and fundraising is underway. We will be present and visible at numerous events around the community, especially during the summer months when outdoor festivals abound. We will keep people informed about the importance of citizen interaction with their representatives, aboutpolicy initiatives in local government and educational institutions affecting our community, and about programs and events that help progress Fairness for LGBT people.