Akron, Ohio Enacts LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections as Supportive Legislation Is Introduced Statewide

By Adam Polaski • March 28, 2017 • 12:55 pm

Last night, Akron, Ohio became the seventeenth city in Ohio to enact comprehensive non-discrimination protections covering sexual orientation and gender identity. The vote by the Akron City Council was unanimous, following introduction last week by Mayor Dan Horrigan and Councilman Rich Swirsky.

Akron is the fifth largest city in Ohio, with nearly 200,000 residents who are now protected from anti-LGBT discrimination.

Mayor Dan Horrigan is a part of Freedom for All Americans’ Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination coalition, which launched in January 2017 and now features more than 200 mayors who support LGBT non-discrimination protections.

Equality Ohio, along with many other supporters of LGBT non-discrimination in Akron, have been working toward this ordinance for many weeks, and Equality Ohio has been working toward prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in cities across the state. Freedom for All Americans congratulates all involved on this huge win and the momentum it signals toward statewide protections.

When municipalities – especially larger cities like Akron – embrace non-discrimination protections that cover the LGBT community, they set an example for other cities and towns in their state – and, more broadly, the nation. Hundreds of cities and towns over the past 40 years have voted to protect residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, because they know it’s the right thing to do and that no one should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love.

Just this week, statewide Rep. Nickie Antonio introduced legislation in the Ohio Legislature expanding non-discrimination protections in housing and employment to LGBT people across the state.

Congratulations, Akron – and thanks to everyone working toward these important steps forward.

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