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Bill to ban transgender athletes from high school and college sports receives statutorily required first hearing

Today, the Ohio House Primary & Secondary Education Committee held a sponsor testimony hearing on HB527, which seeks to ban transgender athletes from high school and college athletics. The bill, sponsored by Representatives Jane Powell and Reggie Stoltzfus, is one of the most extreme legislative attacks on transgender Ohioans that we have seen. Today, those Representatives were given an opportunity to share their anti-transgender rhetoric with the committee and the state.

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2020 General Election Analysis: Wins, losses, and opportunities for the future

We made it. Voting in the 2020 Election has finally concluded, and Ohioans’ voices have been heard. There’s a lot to talk about and a lot we still don’t know yet, but Equality Ohio’s policy team has been up with you through the past 48 hours to help figure out just what happened and how it will impact LGBTQ+ Ohioans.

As a reminder, Equality Ohio is a non-partisan organization that does not endorse candidates or parties. We do have an Elected Official Scorecard that graded candidates for President and Vice President, as well as incumbent members of the Ohio Legislature. We’ll use those grades a lot in this analysis.

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Endorsement: Vote Yes on Columbus Issue 2

Equality Ohio stands firmly in solidarity with those demanding police accountability in Columbus and urges a Yes vote on Issue 2 as part of the ongoing dialogue and process to increase police accountability.

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Don’t Touch Your Ballot Without It: A Deeper Dive into our 2020 Elected Official Scorecard

Our 2020 Elected Official Scorecard is ready to help you prepare to vote this November! It grades current members of the Ohio General Assembly, as well as candidates for President and Vice President. Democratic nominees, Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris earned a B and an A, respectively, while both President Donald Trump […]

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Bill Designating Pride Month Introduced in Ohio House

Today, Representative Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) and 29 of her colleagues introduced HB729, which will permanently designate June as Pride Month in Ohio.  Designating Pride Month would be an important first step in ensuring that LGBTQ people are visibly reflected in Ohio law. By introducing this bill, Rep. Galonski and her colleagues are telling LGBTQ Ohioans […]

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A look at concrete institutional change toward racial justice at Equality Ohio

These are some tangible steps, among others, that we are actively engaging in to live out our values of anti-racism. But I think the important thing to convey to you is this: We understand that being anti-racist is not a “check-list.” It is an everyday practice; a state of mind. We have and are continuing to embed these values into the very fabric of our organization. They include actively using equitable hiring practices; supporting our staff of color in a variety of ways, including taking labor off our Black and POC staff at this emotionally difficult time to support their full selves; ensuring our internal culture recognizes and actively works to not perpetuate the habits of white supremacy; and onboarding staff and Board members to understand, agree to, and exemplify this culture.

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Read our testimony on why racism must be declared a public health crisis

Today, the Ohio Senate Committee on Health, Human Services, and Medicaid is holding a second hearing on SCR 14, which will designate racism as a public health crisis. We submitted written testimony in support of the resolution, and you can read it here: Chair Burke, Vice Chair Huffman, Ranking Member Antonio, and distinguished members of […]

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Here’s what white LGBTQ people can do right now.

Columbus is one of many cities across Ohio and across the country trying to resolve its ambitions of character with the behavior of its police––on Friday, June 6 2020, Black LGBTQ community leaders in the region sent this letter to the community. But first, below are the names of 155 siblings, children, parents, workers, and […]

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Statement on Equality Ohio Joining June 1 Economic Boycott

Columbus Urban League is calling for an economic protest for Monday, June 1. Equality Ohio staff are urged to participate as we affirm our solidarity with Columbus Urban League and everybody doing the exhausting work of healing this country. As Nick Bankston, president of Columbus Urban League said: “racism has penetrated every single institution this […]

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LGBTQ Organizations Unite to Combat Racial Violence

This spring has been a stark and stinging reminder that racism, and its strategic objective, white supremacy, is as defining a characteristic of the American experience as those ideals upon which we claim to hold our democracy — justice, equality, liberty.

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Is Your Driver’s License in Good Standing?

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have been paying more attention than usual to our physical health over these past few weeks which is incredibly important. However, while we’re at home, it is also important to do a quick check-up on our legal health. Equality Ohio Legal Clinic is invested in both the […]

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The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of the Victims of Crime Compensation Program

In our latest legal clinic vlog, our Southwest attorney, Emily Meyer discusses various aspects to the Victim of Crime compensation program in the state of Ohio. What is the Victims of Crime Compensation Program? If you are a certain victim of certain crimes you may be eligible for financial assistance from the state for expenses […]

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Criminal Record Sealing and Expungement in Ohio

As a result of the pandemic, hundreds of thousands of our fellow Ohioans are unemployed. For queer people who have been involved with the criminal justice system, it may be even more difficult now to find a decent job that pays a liveable wage or to secure safe housing. Fortunately, there are legal processes available […]

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Analysis: Ohio’s 2020 primary, dramatic and unprecedented, generally positive for LGBTQ Ohioans

The 2020 Ohio Primary Election is officially over. Due to complications from the coronavirus, the election originally scheduled for March 17th was moved to an (almost) entirely vote-by-mail system with the deadline to return absentee ballots extended to April 28th. Our team was up late into the night watching results come in, and we wanted […]

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Rent, Escrow, and Eviction

Despite the news and social media rumors, there is no statewide moratorium on rent in Ohio. There are some protections, but they vary widely by area and court––if you would like help with any of these protections you believe you are entitled to, contact us (below). Some good organizations are advocating for options here, but […]

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Be a Social Distance Activist for Equality

I don’t have to tell you that the last several weeks have been difficult. Every day we are posed with new challenges to our routine way of life, and the most recent closure of our local restaurants and bars, along with the general sense of unease that is accompanying COVID-19 can cause us to feel […]

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Professors Behaving Poorly

We are keeping our eye on two pending federal lawsuits—one filed in Ohio, the other in Kentucky—involving college professors behaving poorly on matters of gender identity. In each case, the action was filed by a professor facing negative consequences from his employer as a result of his behavior.

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Columbus LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Response (local resources)

The LGBTQ+ community is no stranger to adversity. From hateful and deadly homophobic laws, to the Stonewall riots, and throughout the fight for equal rights that continues to this day, our community soldiers on. In the 1980s, when others turned a blind-eye while our siblings’ lives were decimated by the AIDS epidemic, our community rose […]

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Co-parenting options in Ohio during COVID-19

Ohio Governor Mike Dewine and Dr. Amy Acton recently extended his stay-at-home order for the state of Ohio due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This order has resulted in the temporary closure of many Ohio businesses and has left many people with questions about what is and what is not allowed under the order. In particular, […]

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Voting while Quarantined: How to make sure your vote is counted in the 2020 primary election

COVID-19 has brought dramatic changes to our lives and our government. One of the major impacts the pandemic has had here in Ohio is on our primary election. Scheduled for March 17, in-person polling locations were closed via an order from Governor DeWine’s administration on March 16.  In a series events fit for The West […]

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Let’s Celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility!

????Yesterday––March 30––Idaho’s Governor signed into law two bills that target trans people and take away essential civil liberties like playing sports and accessing a correct birth certificate. Some Ohio legislators have plans of their own, including fining doctors who treat gender-expansive youth, and prohibiting trans girls from playing school sports. Join Us In Stopping This […]

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You have until April 27 to mail in your Ohio primary ballot, but you have to mail in a request for it first.

The Ohio Legislature acted the Ohio’s primary election amid coronavirus disruption. Here’s what you need to know about completing your Ohio primary vote.  ♿️If you need to vote in-person because of a disability, you can skip these steps and vote in-person at your local county Board of Elections on April 28 only. ???? There will […]

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Unemployment Changes in Ohio due to COVID-19

Due to the recent coronavirus pandemic, many businesses in Ohio have been forced to temporarily shut their doors, leading to lost jobs and wages across the state. Our Southwest Ohio attorney, Emily Meyer, discusses Governor Mike DeWine’s expansions to unemployment benefits in our latest legal clinic video, in light of these recent developments. To receive […]

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COVID-19: Emerging Resources and Mutual Aid Guide

This is not a replacement for 411 or existing community resource guides in your community. It is highly suggested you look at and support existing local resources. This guide is just collecting new, emerging resources that may be useful at this time. Equality Ohio has not vetted these organizations or offerings––these are provided as-is, but […]

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In-person voting postponed. Here’s how to be counted.

Ohio has “no-excuse” absentee voting. This means anybody can vote by mail without special circumstances. First, you need to request a ballot with this form (or in Spanish). We encourage you to do this as soon as possible in light of the changing and dynamic circumstances. Once you receive your official ballot, complete it and get it back in the mail as soon as possible. The situation has already changed more than once, and the sooner you get it in, the sooner your vote counts.

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Here’s what you need to know to vote in Ohio (with COVID-19 impacts).

The Secretary of State and Ohio’s counties are collaborating to ensure that voting happens on Tuesday even with changes required by the response to the COVID-19 virus. FOLLOW THE LATEST FROM THE OHIO SECRETARY OF STATE Early Voting Is Open Now Until Tuesday Due to the unpredictable events, it may be smart to get your […]

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So-Called “Save Women’s Sports Act” Flies in the Face of NCAA Guidelines on Transgender Athletes

This week, Ohio legislators are again using their bully pulpit to attack transgender Ohioans. This time, they’re going after transgender women and girls who participate in sports. The bill attempts to erase transgender women and girls from high school and college sports.  Backers of the bill, including extremist anti-LGBTQ group, Citizens for Community Values, claim […]

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Help Move the Ohio Fairness Act Forward!

Equality Ohio and the Human Rights Campaign are partnering up to advocate for LGBTQ equality and we need your help! It’s still legal in Ohio to discriminate against people in the LGBTQ community. There’s a bill, the Ohio Fairness Act, that will make that type of discrimination illegal. Specifically, it protects against employment discrimination, housing […]

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SCOTUS to Consider if Religious Adoption Agencies Can Turn Away Same-Sex Parents

I vividly remember exactly where I was when the Obergefell v. Hodges decision was announced in the Summer of 2015. I was sitting in a living room, and the news was on as background noise. I cranked up the volume, and as I heard more of the story, I felt such a sense of victory!  […]

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Birth Certificates in Ohio and Indiana: An Update

We all rejoiced when the Obergefell v. Hodges decision was announced in 2015. Same-sex marriage became legal throughout the United States! A tremendous victory. But as these things go, a Supreme Court victory like that one, unfortunately, does not mean that all state laws and policies related to marriage and families and parentage change overnight. […]

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SCOTUS Oral Arguments on Title VII: A Debrief

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, or if you’ve been paying attention to the news in recent weeks, you may have read about the momentous trio of cases that were argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court last week. The Bostock, Zarda, and Harris Funeral Homes cases all deal with Title VII […]

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SCOTUS Arguments Demonstrate the Continuing Need to Educate our Courts

Last Tuesday, I felt like I was waiting with bated breath as I kept hitting “refresh” on the Supreme Court website. Finally, that afternoon, transcripts of two oral arguments were posted, and I started to read.  As many of us are aware, last Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard two oral arguments in three major […]

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Ohio Legislators ‘Come Out’ to Support LGBTQ Ohioans

Last week, 30 members of the Ohio House of Representatives introduced a bill to officially designate October 11th as Coming Out Day. This bill is an exciting opportunity for the Ohio Legislature to show support for LGBTQ Ohioans. The celebration was started in 1988 by LGBTQ activists, Jean O’Leary and Robert Eichberg, as a way […]

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SCOTUS considering LGBTQ employment discrimination cases

On Tuesday, October 8 the Supreme Court of the United States will hear three cases about LGBTQ employment discrimination that will determine if federal law protects LGBTQ people.   I can’t overstate the importance of these cases. The Court must affirm that LGBTQ people have the right to work and be judged only on their merit […]

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I don’t have a perfect voting record either

Yep, my voting record is hit or miss.  Even as proud as I am to be an advocate for justice, equity, and liberation, there are several years when I did not vote. There were years in my life where I was moving, unsure of what was on the ballot, but there were definitely years where […]

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Lawsuit Challenging Ohio’s Birth Certificate Policy: An Exciting Update!

Ohio’s Treatment of Transgender People Out of Line You may have heard that Ohio has the unfortunate distinction of being one of only two states in the entire United States that refuses to allow a person to correct the gender marker on their birth certificate. Ohio’s partner in embarrassment is the state of Tennessee. Both […]

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Tamper your High Expectations: Marijuana Possession vs State Law

After seeing Ohioans wearing shirts or waving flags with rainbow marijuana leaves across the state throughout Pride season, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think that Ohio may have joined the growing number of states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. You may want to tamper any high expectations. Although medicinal marijuana is now legal […]

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An Update on ACLU’s Transgender Birth Certificate Lawsuit

Equality Ohio is proud to support our friends at the ACLU and all the work they have done to help transgender Ohioans. It’s been a while since we’ve shared an update on the birth certificate lawsuit, so we wanted to bring you up to speed. Unfortunately, the case has been progressing slowly so there are […]

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I’m LGBTQ—can I help my spouse get a green card?

Though there are many pathways to become a legal permanent resident in the United States, one common pathway to becoming a green card holder is through the filing of an I-130 Petition for an Alien Relative with United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). If one spouse is a US citizen or green card holder, […]

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Back to School: Creating a Welcoming Environment for LGBTQ Students

As my retired-school-teacher mother always says, once you start hearing those cicadas in Ohio in mid-August, you know a new school year is upon us. And here (and hear) we are. It’s a sorry fact that LGBTQ youth in our schools face increased harassment and bullying, by fellow students and also faculty and staff, as […]

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SCOTUS Term in Review and Fall Term Preview: An Uncertain Forecast

Last summer, the end of the Supreme Court’s term brought a variety of mixed emotions for advocates of LGBT rights. Disappointment with the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, but pleased that a solid majority affirmed the concept of LGBT equal access to the marketplace. Despair over Justice Kennedy’s retirement. Doubts about a Supreme Court trending more conservative and dreading […]

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What’s the Doggone Law?

“Is that a service dog?” It’s one of the first questions business owners and employees ask when an animal walks into a public setting, like a store or restaurant. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of confusion about what makes a dog a service dog. Many people confuse service animals with therapy dogs or emotional support animals. […]

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Public Interest Law: An Intern’s Perspective

Public interest law may not be the sexy, high paying, high-intensity law that you see on TV. However, it is a necessary occupation that provides attorneys a rewarding and educational experience where they learn through the chaos and end up helping those who are unable to help themselves. As an intern at Equality Ohio, I’ve […]

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