Why Lexington, Kentucky?
We’re proud to have so many cultures, ethnicities and traditions represented and celebrated here in Lexington. From thriving cultural centers and events to official policies and protections, Lexington is a place where all are welcome—making it a great place for groups and events celebrating diversity.
What Makes Us Unique?
Diversity in Lexington
Both notable and unsung African-American citizens are celebrated within the downtown African-American Heritage Trail and African-American Jockeys of the Kentucky Derby along the Legacy Trail.
Opened in 1948, the Lyric Theatre, in the historically African-American East End, has hosted artists like Ray Charles, Count Basie and B.B. King. Today it is a thriving artistic and cultural center.
Our packed cultural events calendar includes the Roots & Heritage Festival—recognized as one of the Top 10 festivals in Kentucky--the Festival Latino de Lexington, and the Lexington Pride Festival.
Operated by our local government, this multilingual, multidisciplinary center serves local residents and our foreign-born population, helping them obtain information and access programs and services.
In addition to Global Lex (which includes an international art gallery), Lexington has multiple centers to serve our cultural communities, including a new Hispanic Community Center opening soon.
Approximately 185 languages are spoken in Lexington. The top ten you might hear around town? Spanish, Swahili, Arabic, Japanese, Nepali, French, Mandarin, Kinyarwanda, Korean and Portuguese.
In 1999, we were the first local government in Kentucky to pass a county-wide, fully-inclusive Fairness Ordinance, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Lexington Mayor’s Office and the Division of Police both have LGBTQ Liaisons. In 2019, Lexington scored exceptionally high on the Human Rights Campaign Equality Index for the city’s inclusiveness.
Lexington is home to more than 50 denominations and religious groups, with 230+ churches, synagogues, mosques and temples. We’re proud to welcome all with our unique brand of Southern hospitality.
“UK named a 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity recipient and a 2020 Diversity Champion”
- INSIGHT Into Diversity
“#9 among the Friendliest Cities in the U.S.”
- Conde Nast Traveler 2020
“One of the Best Weekend Getaways in the U.S.”
“Top 10 Bucket List Destination”
- USA Today
Lexington is home to some pretty smart folks. Get in touch to see how one of our local leaders in diversity can help make your meeting a big hit.
Community Outreach Liason, Lexington-Fayette County Urban Government
Area of Focus - LGBTQ Relations, Neighborhood Engagement, School Partnerships and Veterans Affairs
Executive Director, Lexington Sister Cities
Area of Focus - Engaging Different Cultures, Academic Exchanges, International Group Travel
Executive Director for Inclusive Health and Campus Partnerships & Director of the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, University of Kentucky
Area of Focus - Building Higher Education and Community Partnerships; Managing Institutional Cultural Change; Incorporating Diverse Lenses and Inclusive Practice in Organizational Settings
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