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Hundreds Rally For Kentucky Llama Farmer Fired For Being Gay

llama-kevinKevin McCaffery tends to llamas and dozens of other animals on his animal sanctuary, but times got rough after he was fired from his job at a daycare center in Ashland, Kentucky for being gay.

According to BuzzFeed, he was mocked and teased by co-workers who called him twinkle toes until he was forced to resign. Though he sued for wrongful termination, and the judge agreed he had been mistreated, McCaffery’s case was thrown out of court since Kentucky discrimination laws don’t protect LGBT employees…which is exactly why we need the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

McCaffery’s 18-acre sanctuary, LLA-Nanny Farms, is home to llamas, cats, dogs, chickens, donkeys and pigs, many of which are strays. After losing his job, Kevin’s biggest fear was how to feed and take care of his animals:

My unemployment has run out and now I am on food stamps just to have something to eat. I had to change my feed for my animals to a cheaper kind just so that I can provide for them. I am at the mercy of everyone to help feed them anymore. I had to go apply for assistance to try to pay my electric bill today. I have been applying for jobs everywhere. I did get a response from a new preschool/daycare in Lexington. I hope and pray that it works out. I don’t know how I will travel to Lexington everyday and keep up with the farm work, but I’ll cross that bridge if it happens.

Luckily, after BuzzFeed broke his story, a Go Fund Me page was started to help Kevin with some of his expenses, with nearly 400 supporters raising over $11,000 in just two days. McCaffery took to Facebook to express his gratitude:

I would like to take a moment and thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the love that everyone has shown for me and the animals. I appreciate your words of encouragement and understanding. I apologize for not being able to respond to each and every email that I have received. At the present time I do not have internet at home and have to rely on McDonald’s for internet services. As most of you are aware I have numerous animals that their daily care requires me to be there pretty much twenty-four seven. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. They are the love of my life and I wouldn’t change any of it.

You can donate to Kevin and hs furry friends at LLA-Nanny Farms here.

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Feb 26, 2013
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  • 5 Comments
    • niles
      niles

      I was not aware that working at a daycare center amounted to being a teacher. At any rate, rate, if his animals require him to be there 24/7 how does he expect to work at a
      teaching position? These are questions people should ask before just handing over
      money to people in these “funding” sites.

      Feb 26, 2013 at 8:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charli Girl
      Charli Girl

      @niles: i KNOW EXACTLY where hes coming from!
      obstacles you have to go through! He said” he’ll cross that bridge when he gets to it.He has no
      choice but try and juggle them both…

      Feb 26, 2013 at 10:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • marc sfe
      marc sfe

      @niles: Animals do not require 24/7 care but they do require feed and care which is not cheap. I can tell you’re a city boy as anyone raised on a farm knows better.

      Feb 26, 2013 at 10:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DemandaDollar
      DemandaDollar

      Has anyone taken into consideration that Mr. McCaffrey, otherwise know as Twinkle Toes, may have been forced out of his position because he may have spent more days working on his llama farm than actually showing up for the job for which he was receiving a paycheck. Along with the multitude of llamas, there are other animals. Can you say animal hoarding?

      Feb 26, 2013 at 6:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1EqualityUSA
      1EqualityUSA

      Having two “L’s” is so queer. I’ll chip in. Llgbt(?)

      Feb 26, 2013 at 9:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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