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All relevant news and information regarding LGBTQ non-discrimination in The Buckeye State.

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Ohio businesses like mine back LGBTQ rights. Equality Act would add to protections • May 4, 2021, 3:36 pm A strong economy is a nimble and expanding economy. It’s one which rapidly adapts in response to the ever-changing world. As president and CEO of NatureVation Outdoor Adventures, a small business which tells the stories of Ohio’s history through nature, I know that diversity enriches business and that adapting, be it to pandemic restrictions or to client interests, is critical for business survival.
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Support for LGBTQ+ rights

Mansfield News Journal • May 2, 2021, 3:27 pm Regarding the April 9 article, ''Todd Rice, former President of the Mansfield Gay Pride Association, dies at 44,'' it is always heartbreaking to see a beloved member of the LGBTQ+ community pass. As a former Mansfield resident and a PFLAG parent (Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), I had the opportunity on April 21 to lobby Sen. Rob Portman and Sen. Sherrod Brown's legislative aides with the Freedom & Opportunity For All Coalition ( to help pass the Equality Act. This act would prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in housing, the workplace and public accommodations.
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Sen. Portman can solidify his consensus-building legacy by supporting the Equality Act • April 14, 2021, 1:17 pm Ohioans should be grateful to hear that Portman, as our senator, will be focused on getting things done and pushing for important policies in his final term. As the executive director of Equality Ohio, I’m especially eager to see him address the present challenges facing the LGBTQ community.
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“People need to know that the H in HIV stands for human.” HIV prevention specialist Carter Cantrell on discrimination and other barriers to care.

By Communications Team • January 27, 2021, 10:21 am It’s been nearly 40 years since this country saw the first reported cases of HIV. Unfortunately, we still have work to do to make sure that people living with HIV can get the care we need. 
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Make ending discrimination a top priority in Ohio

The Cincinnati Enquirer • January 5, 2021, 11:34 am December marked a major milestone in the history of equality in America. It’s been 10 years since "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" was repealed. I served in the Air Force during the final years of that discriminatory policy, defending our country while good people across this nation were advocating for my right to serve openly. As a transgender veteran and a proud Ohioan, I’m overjoyed to see how far we’ve come. I also know we have farther to go.
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It’s time for legislators to pass the Ohio Fairness Act

The Columbus Dispatch • November 29, 2020, 11:54 am On behalf of our respective businesses and the Ohio Business Competes coalition, we implore the Ohio General Assembly to pass the Ohio Fairness Act (House Bill 369 and Senate Bill 11).
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Living with HIV when LGBTQ rights aren’t guaranteed: Ontare Calwise • November 27, 2020, 11:51 am This year, as we approach World AIDS Day Dec. 1, I find myself reflecting on my years living with HIV, thinking about the progress we have made over the past four decades, as well as the fight still ahead.
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I’m a veteran. I’m a nurse. And I’m transgender.

LGBTQ Nation • November 20, 2020, 11:52 am I was devoted to defending the freedoms that all Americans hold dear. On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, I’m asking Congress to do the same.
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What to Expect When You’re Electing: 2020

By Shane Stahl • November 2, 2020, 9:51 am Not only is the highest office in the land up for grabs, but newly elected officials could consider and pass federal and state legislation to protect LGBTQ people in key areas of everyday life including housing, employment, and public spaces.

“Without Hope, What Do We Have?”: Travis Scheadler on the Importance of Allowing Transgender Athletes to Participate in Youth Sports

September 30, 2020, 10:58 am Travis Scheadler, a doctoral student at The Ohio State University specializing in sport-based positive youth development, explains the importance of allowing transgender athletes to compete in sports alongside their non-transgender peers.

Transgender Ohioan: “I Decided to Live My Truth. Because of That, I Lost My Job.”

April 26, 2019, 2:33 pm Emerson Thoenen, a transgender man living in Ohio, explains the stressful experience of losing his job simply because of who he is, and why nondiscrimination protections are needed in the Buckeye State.
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Republican Governor Mike DeWine Signs Pro-LGBTQ Executive Order

January 14, 2019, 11:21 am On his first day in office, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed an executive order which prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ people in state employment.
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Executive Orders: One Step Closer to Winning Nondiscrimination

By Shane Stahl • January 11, 2019, 10:28 am In just the past few weeks, four governors have issued executive orders implementing statewide nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in state and local public employment.
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Freedom for All Americans’ LGBTQ Legislative Outlook for 2019

By Hannah Willard • December 21, 2018, 12:38 pm The 2019 legislative session will offer opportunities to advance statewide nondiscrimination protections and create movement for a federal law, but also set up potential fights against anti-LGBTQ legislation.
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Midterms Preview: 6 Big Election Stories to Watch That Could Impact LGBTQ Equality

By Adam Polaski • November 5, 2018, 11:12 am The 2018 midterm elections could yield historic results for LGBTQ Americans – both in terms of pro-LGBTQ policies affirmed and LGBTQ representation in government at the local, state, and federal levels.