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HB 208 / SB 119 Ohio
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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Legislation Seeking to Ban Affirming Care Targets Already Vulnerable Ohio Youth with Medical Misinformation for Political Gain:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19th, 2022 Contact: [email protected]  Legislation Seeking to Ban Affirming Care Targets Already Vulnerable Ohio Youth with Medical Misinformation for Political Gain: Columbus– (May 19th) This morning, […]

GO VOTE: The future of our democracy and liberties are on the ballot.

May 2nd, 2022 Updated May 6th, 2022 Community,  We are angry, heartbroken, and more determined than ever after seeing the leaked draft version of Dobbs that seeks to overturn Roe […]

Ohio Lawmakers Introduce Cruel LGBTQ+ Censorship Bill Targeting Free Speech in the Classroom

Ohio Lawmakers Introduce Cruel LGBTQ+ Censorship Bill Targeting Free Speech in the Classroom

Ohio Athletes, LGBTQ+ Advocates Launch Campaign to Change the Narrative about Support for Transgender Youth Athletics

For Immediate Release: March 30, 2022Contact: Eleanor Naiman, [email protected]  Ohio Athletes, LGBTQ+ Advocates Launch Campaign to Change the Narrative about Support for Transgender Youth Athletics Ohioans from across the state […]

House Bill 454 Bans Safe, Effective Medical Care for Ohio’s Youth

Across the country, the politicians are increasingly using gender idenity, specifically transgender youth, as a flashpoint in their conservative movement. Last year was reported to be the worst year for […]

Health Care Providers, Experts and LGBTQ+ Rights Advocates Urge Ohio Lawmakers to Protect Access to Health Care for All Young People in Response to HB 454

COLUMBUS, Ohio (February 16, 2021) – Tomorrow at 11am, the Ohio House Families, Aging and Human Services Committee will hear testimony on HB454, a bill that would give politicians the power to […]

Equality Ohio Celebrates Holidays by Announcing New Deputy Director, Siobhan Boyd-Nelson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 23rd 2021  Media Contact: [email protected]  Equality Ohio Celebrates Holidays by Announcing New Deputy Director, Siobhan Boyd-Nelson New Deputy Director Boyd-Nelson poised to increase organizational capacity and […]

Transgender Student Rights in Schools

Recently our team at Equality Ohio has experienced an alarming increase in calls from parents, educators, and school counselors observing harassment and mistreatment of transgender students in our schools. We invited a guest attorney and expert in Ohio education law, Emily Spivack, Esq., to weigh in on the dos and don’ts that help schools protect their transgender school community members and stay in compliance with Title IX.

Equality Ohio’s Statement of Solidarity

We believe BIPOC staff when they share experiences of racism and anti-Blackness. Knowing you will be believed is empowering. We call on ourselves as an organization as well as our partners to always create space for people who have been harmed by racial injustice and offer the opportunity for staff to honestly name their experiences. It’s not easy to speak up without knowing whether your colleagues will believe you and stand alongside you. We unequivocally  stand in solidarity with current and former BIPOC Equitas employees and commit to continuing the work of modifying our own organizational structure to model the working world we want to see.

A Commitment to Mission Means Not Just Condemning But Combating Racism In All Forms

A Commitment to Mission Means Not Just Condemning But Combating Racism In All Forms

Read Our Testimony Against Ohio’s Anti-Honesty in Education Bills

On September 22nd, Equality Ohio’s Public Policy Director, Maria Bruno, testified against HB322 and HB327, Ohio’s anti-honesty in education bills (or anti-critical race theory bills). You can read our testimony […]

Equality Ohio Welcomes New Public Policy Director, Looks Forward to Strong Future for LGBTQ+ Equality Statewide

New Public Policy Director set to continue state and local advocacy and increase capacity to improve laws for LGBTQ+ Ohioans FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 26, 2021 CONTACT:  MD Spicer-Sitzes, [email protected] […]

Ohio Faith Leaders Urge Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown to Support the Equality and Protect LGBTQ People from Discrimination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 16, 2021 CONTACT: Yunny Seo, [email protected]  Ohio Faith Leaders Urge Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown to Support the Equality and Protect LGBTQ People from Discrimination  […]

Is your school district confused? Here’s Ohio High School’s Athletic Association Policy on Transgender Athletes

The Board of Directors of the OHSAA, Executive Director’s Office and member schools do hereby reaffirm the following policy considerations respecting participation in interscholastic sports in Ohio: 1. Participation in […]

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…

Shawnee State Response from Equality Ohio

Equality Ohio is disappointed in the outcome of the recent Shawnee State lawsuit, and we affirm that all transgender and non-binary students, staff and faculty deserve a safe, respectful environment […]

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Watch an opposition doctor question Rep Liston's credentials, only to suddenly learn that he is way out of his league. This quack doctor wants to ban gender affirming care for all trans youth and calls medical evidence "garbage." Stop HB 454.

Today's Hearing on HB 454 is done.

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