THURS 1/11/24: Ohio LGBTQ+ Leaders Hold Virtual Press Briefing to Discuss Legislative and Executive Attack on Transgender Healthcare

THURS: Ohio LGBTQ+ Leaders Hold Virtual Press Briefing to Discuss Legislative and Executive Attack on Transgender Healthcare  

Media Contacts: 

MD Sitzes, Equality Ohio, media@equalityohio.org
Celina Coming, ACLU of Ohio ccoming@acluohio.org
Press Team, Human Rights Campaign, press@hrc.org 


January 10th, 2024

COLUMBUS, OHIO – A coalition of leading LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations including: Equality Ohio, ACLU of Ohio, TransOhio, Trans Allies of Ohio, Kaleidoscope Youth Center (KYC), Transgender Legal Defense Education Fund (TLDEF) and Human Rights Campaign (HRC) invites members of the media to participate in a virtual media briefing addressing barriers to transgender healthcare, government overreach in healthcare regulations, and answer questions related to discriminatory and harmful House Bill 68 (HB 68) and Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules.

Details of the virtual press gaggle are as follows:

WHEN:  9 AM EST on Thursday, January 11th 

ONLINE: Register here: https://aclu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpdumhqzIoHNRweCeJCG-o1Yqjhdjxj_vk#/registration 


  • Siobhan Boyd-Nelson (she/her), Co-Interim Executive Director, Equality Ohio
  • James Knapp (he/him), Executive Director, TransOhio 
  • Erin Upchurch (she/her), MSSA, LISW-S, Executive Director, Kaleidoscope Youth Center
  • Minna Zelch (she/her), Leadership Team, Trans Allies of Ohio
  • Chase Strangio (he/him), Deputy Director of Transgender Justice, National ACLU 
  • Cathryn Oakley (she/her), Senior Director of Legal Policy, Human Rights Campaign

WHAT: Leaders will answer questions about the potential impacts of HB 68 and the OAC rules, the challenges faced by transgender individuals in accessing healthcare, and the broader implications of legislative and regulatory actions.

The discussion aims to shed light on the potential impacts of the legislation and regulations on healthcare practices statewide.

RSVP: To join, please register for the meeting.

About the Ohio is Home Coalition

The ACLU of Ohio, TransOhio, Equality Ohio, Trans Allies of Ohio, HRC, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, and NASW-Ohio call on all elected officials to reject HB 68 and any legislation that fosters discrimination, division, and the forced displacement of our fellow Ohioans. Ohio is our home, and we’re united in protecting all Ohioans’ freedom and liberty.