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A Mother’s Day Message from Equality Ohio’s Executive Director

This weekend, I’m celebrating my first Mother’s Day.  As I do so, I can’t help but to think of all the mama figures in our lives — and how 3 out of 4 families in the United States do not reflect the nuclear images we see in the greeting card aisle. I think of house […]

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Again We Pause

We pause once again, this time to honor the lives of Daunte Wright and Miles Jackson, two young Black men whose lives faced too many unnecessary risks. We grieve the trauma endured by witnesses, including Daunte’s mother, who spoke to him seconds before his death.   We pause to acknowledge the haunting familiarity of location and […]

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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…

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Ohio Fairness Act reintroduced with strongest ever bipartisan coalition

This morning, a bipartisan, bicameral group of Ohio legislators announced that they are reintroducing the Ohio Fairness Act at the Ohio Statehouse, joined by faith leaders, community advocates, and over 1,000 businesses across the state demanding we protect LGBTQ+ Ohioans from discrimination.

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Ohio Representatives Introduce Extreme Attack on Transgender Young People

The 134th General Assembly is only a month old, and extreme anti-LGBTQ+ lawmakers have already begun their attacks on transgender youth. This morning, Representatives Jena Powell and Reggie Stoltzfus reintroduced their blanket ban on transgender athletes in high school and college sports. In the face of an ongoing pandemic and calls for meaningful criminal justice reform, Reps. Powell (R-Arcanum) and Stoltzfus (R-Paris Township) wasted no time in bringing back this incredibly dangerous and discriminatory bill.

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Ohio Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Minors from Harmful Practice of so-called “Conversion Therapy”

Today, members of the Ohio Senate, led by Senators Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester), introduced SB 50, which would prohibit the fraudulent and dangerous practice of attempting to change a young person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, sometimes called “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy”.

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Ohio Fairness Act falls victim to effects of Statehouse scandal and COVID-19

For years, LGBTQ+ people have been involuntary victims of various political conflicts, and unfortunately, the Ohio Fairness Act suffered that same fate this General Assembly. Despite knowing that they had the support they needed to pass the Ohio Fairness Act, these leaders let politics prevent the Legislature from doing what is right for Ohio in Lame Duck.

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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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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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The primary election is Tuesday. There’s still time.

Did you contact your local Board of Elections for an absentee ballot for the primary? It may have arrived already!  If you have not requested a ballot, you have until Saturday (4/24) at noon to do so. What you need to know about completing your Ohio primary vote.  ♿️If you need to vote in-person because […]

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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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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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Equality Ohio Legal Clinic Welcomes New Staff Attorneys

We are excited to welcome Emily Meyer and Andy Dugan to the Equality Ohio family as Staff Attorneys for the new Equality Ohio Legal Clinic. Emily and Andy will traveling the state to provide much-needed legal services to LGBTQ Ohioans. Emily Meyer graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law and pursued a Master’s […]

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The Midterms and LGBTQ Ohioans

Tuesday’s election results brought a flood of emotions for LGBTQ people and their allies across the country. We’ve taken the last few days to process, analyze, and strategize. Our conclusion: Ohio is ready for equality and we are more dedicated and prepared than ever to make that happen. Equality Ohio was more engaged in this […]

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Ohio Civil Rights Commission Often Powerless to Address LGBTQ Discrimination

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) is tasked with responding to and resolving complaints of discrimination. People submit complaints for a variety of different types of discrimination, such as race, disability, sex, military status, religion and more. Equality Ohio has obtained a number of complaints from the past several years and will be sharing them […]

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