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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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Equality Ohio is working for YOU.

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.

When you support the work of Equality Ohio Education Fund, you are fueling life-changing connections in homes, churches, and businesses across the state.

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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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In the latest episode of 'Age Appropriate', a podcast for all ages, our Executive Director, Alana Jochum, joins host Todd Corley to discuss the importance of pronouns.

Listen now: https://www.ageappropodcast.com/podcast/episode/48cace47/pronouns-tell-my-story

"Gathered in vigil in front of the Muskingum County Courthouse on Tuesday night, 150 candles flickering in the gentle summer breeze, members of the Zanesville LBGTQ+ community and their supporters spread a message of tolerance, love and support."