Mapping Equality

Ohio doesn’t have statewide, comprehensive laws prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ people, nor against banning conversion “therapy” on minors throughout the state. Some municipalities have passed these or other laws giving you rights, though. Look up your city here.

Ohio is one of 29 states that leaves LGBTQ people out of laws that make discrimination illegal.
However, some individual communities have enacted these protections themselves.

Equality Ohio performed an analysis on the city codes of over 250 Ohio cities for this map.

Employment Discrimination

Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms, such as not being hired because you are gay, jokes or harassment because you are bisexual, or even being “deadnamed.” If your city has local protections, there may be an agency or commission you can contact locally. If not, you can file a report with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

Housing Discrimination

If a landlord refuses to rent, show you an apartment, or suddenly raises your rent, it is possible you are a victim of discrimination. Reporting discrimination varies depending on where you live and whether LGBTQ people are protected under your community’s laws.

Public Accommodations  Discrimination

Public accommodations are things like stores, restaurants, parks and movie theaters. If your community protects LGBTQ people from this type of discrimination, a business establishment may not refuse you service on the grounds that you are LGBTQ.

In 32 municipalities and 1 county in Ohio, discrimination in those three areas against LGBTQ people is illegal.

Here’s the list of 33 localities:
Akron, Athens, Beachwood, Bexley, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Columbus, Coshocton, Cuyahoga County, Dayton, East Cleveland, Gambier, Golf Manor, Kent, Lakewood, Medina, Newark, Oberlin, Olmsted Falls, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reynoldsburg, Sandusky, Shaker Heights, South Euclid, Toledo, University Heights, Westerville, Worthington, Yellow Springs, and Youngstown.

Do you have a story to share?

Personal stories about discrimination are very powerful. If you have experienced discrimination and want to speak out about it, please tell us your story of discrimination!

While Ohio’s discrimination laws do not include LGBTQ people, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission may be able to help you.

I want my community to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination!

Don’t underestimate the power of a good, old fashioned letter to the editor to get a conversation started.

If you can tie it to a recent story the newspaper has published, it may have a better chance at making the cut.

Over 200 cities in the country protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people from discrimination. But [MUNICIPALITY] doesn’t. Why?

All of those cities send a message that their city is welcoming and affirming of everybody. I think it’s time that [MUNICIPALITY] join them the the other cities in Ohio that have already modernized their laws.

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