Cuyahoga County Council Vote On LGBTQ-Inclusive Nondiscrimination: What You Can Do

You may have heard that the last Cuyahoga County Council meeting was a spectacle.Read this article from Cleveland Scene to get an idea, or watch the meeting for yourself here (content warning: anti-LGBTQ comments are made).

Equality Ohio and dedicated community members have been working with the council on this ordinance for months and months––and now, the finish line is in sight.

We think they are going to vote at the next meeting on September 25th on an ordinance that will protect every single LGBTQ person in Cuyahoga County from discrimination at work, in access to housing, and in access to basic goods and services.

If you haven’t been involved yet, now is the time. If you’ve been with us on this journey––thank you––and I hope we can celebrate soon, but we’re not done yet.

I have three ways you can be heard and stand up for this important ordinance.

1. Email your county council members here. You write once, and it sends to all of them.

2. Show up for our Speak Out! Volunteer Night with HRC on the 24th. We’ll be building momentum for the ordinance. It will be at the AIDS Task Force from 6pm until 8pm.

3. RSVP to show up to the council meeting on the 25th. We need people to come and show visible support, and we need people to speak. (We expect ugly and hurtful comments from our opposition. Take care of yourself. Only RSVP if you can tolerate that.)

This is it. We’re in the final stage.

Six cities in Cuyahoga County have these protections––but that only protects about 40% of residents. You shouldn’t have to move to the big city for basic civil rights.

Together, we’re making big change. Thank you!