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HB 208 / SB 119 Ohio
Fairness Act

The Ohio Fairness Act would add sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the laws that make discrimination illegal in Ohio. That’s right—in most parts of Ohio, it’s still legal to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people.

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Level: State
Status: Received Sponsor Testimony
Equality Ohio Position: Support
Topics: Nondiscrimination

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2016-2018 HB36, “Pastor Protection Act”

Level: Statewide
Status: Unpassed
Equality Ohio Position: Oppose
Topics: Nondiscrimination

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We’re working to pass a statewide nondiscrimination bill, and we’re supporting municipalities as they seek to add nondiscrimination protections at the local level.

Through our commitment to racial and social justice, we’re addressing issues of inequality at the margins. And with our commitment to expanding inclusive faith traditions, we’re mobilizing communities of faith across Ohio to help end LGBTQ inequality.

The work of realizing a fair and welcoming Ohio requires real conversations with real people. With your help, we give Ohioans the opportunity to engage in ways that affect change, not only on a statewide level, but in their neighborhoods and cities.

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Recent NewsStay Informed

Equality Ohio Celebrates Holidays by Announcing New Deputy Director, Siobhan Boyd-Nelson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 23rd 2021  Media Contact: [email protected]  Equality Ohio Celebrates Holidays by Announcing New Deputy Director, Siobhan Boyd-Nelson New Deputy Director Boyd-Nelson poised to increase organizational capacity and strategically advance “legal” and “lived” LGBTQ+ equality  Columbus, Ohio – Equality Ohio announced this week the selection of a new Deputy Director. Former Equality Ohio […]

Transgender Student Rights in Schools

Recently our team at Equality Ohio has experienced an alarming increase in calls from parents, educators, and school counselors observing harassment and mistreatment of transgender students in our schools. We invited a guest attorney and expert in Ohio education law, Emily Spivack, Esq., to weigh in on the dos and don’ts that help schools protect their transgender school community members and stay in compliance with Title IX.

Equality Ohio’s Statement of Solidarity

We believe BIPOC staff when they share experiences of racism and anti-Blackness. Knowing you will be believed is empowering. We call on ourselves as an organization as well as our partners to always create space for people who have been harmed by racial injustice and offer the opportunity for staff to honestly name their experiences. It’s not easy to speak up without knowing whether your colleagues will believe you and stand alongside you. We unequivocally  stand in solidarity with current and former BIPOC Equitas employees and commit to continuing the work of modifying our own organizational structure to model the working world we want to see.

A Commitment to Mission Means Not Just Condemning But Combating Racism In All Forms

A Commitment to Mission Means Not Just Condemning But Combating Racism In All Forms

Read Our Testimony Against Ohio’s Anti-Honesty in Education Bills

On September 22nd, Equality Ohio’s Public Policy Director, Maria Bruno, testified against HB322 and HB327, Ohio’s anti-honesty in education bills (or anti-critical race theory bills). You can read our testimony below: Equality Ohio’s Testimony on HB322: Chair Wiggam, Vice Chair John, Ranking Member Kelly, and members of the State and Local Government committee, thank you […]

Equality Ohio Welcomes New Public Policy Director, Looks Forward to Strong Future for LGBTQ+ Equality Statewide

New Public Policy Director set to continue state and local advocacy and increase capacity to improve laws for LGBTQ+ Ohioans FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 26, 2021 CONTACT:  MD Spicer-Sitzes, [email protected] COLUMBUS, OH – Equality Ohio, Ohio’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ organization, and Equality Ohio Education Fund announced this morning that Maria Bruno will take the lead […]

Ohio Faith Leaders Urge Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown to Support the Equality and Protect LGBTQ People from Discrimination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 16, 2021 CONTACT: Yunny Seo, [email protected]  Ohio Faith Leaders Urge Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown to Support the Equality and Protect LGBTQ People from Discrimination  CINCINNATI, OHIO — Today, Ohio faith leaders —  Rev. JM Triplett, Rev. Nicole Kelly, and Rev. David Meredith — called on Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) […]

Is your school district confused? Here’s Ohio High School’s Athletic Association Policy on Transgender Athletes

The Board of Directors of the OHSAA, Executive Director’s Office and member schools do hereby reaffirm the following policy considerations respecting participation in interscholastic sports in Ohio: 1. Participation in interscholastic and intercollegiate athletics is a valuable part of the education experience for all students. 2. Transgender student athletes should have equal opportunity to participate […]

We Stand in Solidarity with AAPI Communities

As Ohioans, we must continue the ongoing work to be truly anti-racist. Across party lines, leaders and communities alike are calling for an end to White Supremacy. Its destructive path has no place in public office or civic duty…

Leelah Alcorn, we carry your banner forward: Fix Society

In 2014, our society failed Leelah Alcorn. Again. And Ohio lost one more young person full of potential to the heartbreaking LGBTQ+ youth suicide epidemic. After years of feeling mistreated—particularly by her own parents—Leelah reached her limit.   Many of us related to Leelah’s struggles from our own experiences. Some of us took pathways into careers […]

Upcoming Events


THIS WEEKEND!! Are you an LGBTQ+ youth who loves sports? Do you like free tickets? Join the West 117 Foundation for Cavs Pride Night this Saturday Jan. 22nd, 5:45pm in CLE.
Tickets: email Steve Sokany, [email protected] or call 330-687-5850

Bobby attended our name and gender marker change clinic from out of state, and we are so happy to see that they #LetBobbyPlay! Trans kids are kids, and all kids deserve to play. https://www.parents.com/parenting/dynamics/lgbtq/teen-transgender-athlete-helps-revise-league-policy/