VICCO, Ky. — Eight months after the tiny Appalachian town of Vicco took a stand against gay-based discrimination, it's basking in a flurry of attention and even an infusion of much-needed cash. All that fuss has its openly gay mayor dreaming of reviving a coal town that has long been fading.

Out-of-towners occasionally venture far off the interstate to visit the struggling coal town of about 330 residents. They pose for pictures in front of city hall or shake hands with Mayor Johnny Cummings.

VICCO, Ky. – After being featured in a segment on The Colbert Report this week, the eastern Kentucky town of Vicco is getting offers from reality TV show producers.

Vicco Mayor Wins Honor From Human Rights Commission

Jun 7, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A small-town mayor in southeastern Kentucky has won special recognition from the state's Commission on Human Rights.

The commission said Thursday it honored Vicco Mayor Johnny Cummings for his efforts to create local civil-rights protections in his community. The town of 335 people in Perry County gained national attention for adopting a gay-rights ordinance last January.

Fairness Advocates Rally for Three Bills

Feb 21, 2013

FRANKFORT — Seeking the passage of three pieces of legislation protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation, more than 200 people rallied on Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda with Kentucky's Fairness Campaign. 

Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Democrat of Louisville, is  sponsoring a bill that would prevent employers from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation. The bill, along with Senate Bill 28, would also make it illegal for landlords and real estate agents to discriminate on those grounds.

Sylvia Ryerson, WMMT Radio

WHITESBURG, Ky. - Vicco, Kentucky, in the southern corner of Perry county, is known by its town slogans as the little town with a big heart, and the town too tough to die.  This past Monday night, in a 3 to 1 vote by the city’s commissioners, Vicco made another name for itself by becoming the first municipality in eastern Kentucky, and only the fourth city in the state, to pass a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender anti-discrimination Fairness ordinance.  Sylvia Ryerson has this report.