Opinion Round-Up: Publications Across the Country Publish Editorials for Non-Discrimination

By Shane Stahl • January 9, 2018 • 5:41 pm

As we enter the second week of 2018, several editorials – including pieces by the editorial boards of two key New England papers – have already declared their support of non-discrimination laws in several states.

Receiving the endorsement of an editorial board helps to increase public support of non-discrimination, and brings the attention to the issue from people who otherwise may not have been aware that anything regarding non-discrimination was occurring or active. And in Ohio, a strong editorial makes the case for equal treatment.

Here’s a rundown of the great shows of support for non-discrimination these states have received!

Massachusetts: Shameful ballot question threatens transgender people

“The state defines gender identity as the gender “sincerely held as part of a person’s core identity” regardless of “the person’s physiology or assigned sex at birth.” Along with discrimination, transgender residents confront harassment and ridicule and have a suicide rate higher than the general population. Transgender students, at an age when conformity and peer pressure are at a premium, are more susceptible to depression and the wounds caused by harassment. Efforts to protect this minority in states and some communities around the nation have largely come through so-called “bathroom bills,” an unfortunate title that reflect the hang-ups of opponents. Their fear is that the law will enable men to violate the sanctity of women’s restrooms. There are no documented instances of such behavior however.”

New Hampshire: Time to prohibit transgender discrimination.

“Protecting transgender people from discrimination is about the fundamental moral principle of loving thy neighbor as thyself. We urge members of the New Hampshire House and Senate who have previously opposed bills prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity to open their hearts and minds and listen to transgender people when they talk about their lives. If possible, have one-on-one conversations with transgender residents and their families. We feel certain that if you get to know residents who are transgender, you will see the need for this bill.”

Ohio: Anniversary adds urgency to extending Ohio laws.

“Ohio should establish nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people statewide, and ensure that when any hate crimes targeting the LGBTQ community occur, they can be prosecuted as such under state law. This month, the Ohio legislature is expected to hold a hearing on the Ohio Fairness Act, which has been introduced by state Rep. Nickie Antonio, a Democrat from Lakewood. This crucial legislation, House Bill 160, would bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in areas of employment, housing and public accommodations in Ohio. Most importantly, it would save lives and demonstrate that state leaders are looking out for LGBTQ Ohioans.”

To keep up with the news in non-discrimination in these states and other, visit our States page.

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