Lakewood, Ohio Enacts Comprehensive LGBT-Inclusive Non-Discrimination Protections

By Adam Polaski • June 21, 2016 • 10:59 am

Last night, June 20, the City Council in Lakewood, Ohio came together to unanimously vote in favor of a local non-discrimination ordinance that covers sexual orientation and gender identity & expression. It is the fifteenth city in Ohio to pass full protections.


Equality Ohio said last night on Facebook, “A cross section of the community testified in support: business owners, queer women of color, people of faith, transgender people, and parents of transgender youth. Make no mistake: when our community comes together with a shared goal, we are strong!”

Ohio is one of 28 states without any statewide non-discrimination protections for LGBT people.

The passage of the ordinance last night comes just over a week after the shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In the time since the tragedy, many advocates have explained that anti-LGBT political rhetoric and legislation that is so pervasive in the United States – including across Ohio – aiming to discriminate against the LGBT community undoubtedly contributes to a culture where LGBT people are treated as less than equal to other people – not only under the law, but in all spheres of life. Conversely, when elected officials like the Lakewood City Council step up and take a stand in favor of LGBT equality, they send a message that all are welcome, that all are equal, and that all should feel safe and free to be who they are.

Thanks – and congratulations, Lakewood – for taking a step forward during this challenging time.

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