Diversity and Human Rights


People who live and work in the City of Covington are not a homogenous population, and the City takes pride in that fact. We strive on a daily basis to be a welcoming City for people with many differences.

This is a fundamental part of our core identity.

To make our beliefs clear, we have taken steps to publicize, formalize, institutionalize, and codify them:


Human Rights Ordinance

Passed unanimously on April 29, 2003, the City of Covington Human Rights Ordinance is an affirmative step toward protecting all individuals within the City from discrimination on the basis of disability, age, sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, marital and/or parental status, and place of birth.

Covington was the third city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to add orientation and identity to its protections, and its ordinance remains one of the most wide-ranging in the Commonwealth.

The ordinance seeks to prohibit discriminatory practices within the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations and established the Human Rights Commission, whose members continue to work to end discrimination in the City of Covington.


·       Chapter 37 Human Rights (79.4 KB)


LGBTQ Liaison Officer 

City of Covington Neighborhood Services Director Ken Smith is the LGBTQ liaison in the City’s Executive Office. As such, he serves as an adviser to the Mayor and Commissioners on issues involving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning or queer community and as a link between that community and elected officials.

Smith will work to build awareness and provide internal communications on issues related to the LGBTQ community. He can be reached at ksmith@covingtonky.gov.

Diversity Statement

The City of Covington is dedicated to improving diversity within the City's workforce and maintaining a culturally progressive and socially reflective workforce that represents, supports, and celebrates diversity at all levels within the city. Following a forum lead by the Covington Human Rights Commission, the City developed a Diversity Statement that lists these goals and objectives. This statement was adopted by the Board of Commissioners on June 16, 2015.



Covington Diversity Statement 

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