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Ohio licensing board: conversion therapy “harmful,” can discipline licensees

Equality Ohio has been involved with The Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (“CSWMFT Board”) for over three years on issues relating to conversion “therapy.” Today, the CSWMFT Board took its clearest stance yet on the dangerous practice by voting through a strong statement acknowledging in explicit terms that the practice is […]

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Equality Ohio Endorses Issue 1

Issue 1 reclassifies certain drug offenses that disproportionately impact LGBTQ people. Addiction is a serious and growing problem in Ohio, and the LGBTQ community is not immune. In fact, as a result of stigma, family rejection, chronic stress, and the other impacts of homophobia and transphobia, the LGBTQ community is more acutely impacted by substance […]

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Rep. Nino Vitale isn’t happy about getting an F

Earlier this month, Equality Ohio introduced our first Elected Official Scorecard. There were some As, some Bs, quite a bit of Cs, and even some Ds and Fs. One Ohio legislator, Rep. Nino Vitale, did not appreciate his grade. He took to Facebook, and here, we fact-check his post. Be sure to click on the […]

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Lakewood becomes 6th Ohio city to ban conversion therapy on minors

In a unanimous vote, the city of Lakewood became the sixth Ohio city to ban the practice of conversion “therapy” on minors. Organizations such as the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, American Counseling Association, American Psychoanalytic Association, American Psychological Association, National Association of School Psychologists, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American […]

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Poll Worker Tips: Interacting Respectfully with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People

Ensuring that voting is open to all is a basic function of democracy, however, sometimes transgender people can face needless frustration and anxiety at the polls. An NBC News investigation from August found transgender voters could face obstacles while voting. One voter faced delays and anxiety after the poll worker perceived a mismatch between the […]

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Cuyahoga County now 21st Ohio community to welcome LGBTQ Ohioans

Cuyahoga County Council just made history for its LGBTQ residents. The council––the first county in Ohio, and only one of two that can enact such a law, the other being Summit––voted to establish county-wide LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections. In addition, they created a Human Rights Commission in order to advance a culture of diversity and inclusion, […]

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Letter to ABC 6 WSYX, FOX 28 WTTE regarding Marshall McPeek remarks

Note: this letter was drafted in collaboration with all undersigned organizations regarding offensive statements that Marshall McPeek, a Columbus news personality, recently made at an NLGJA event. Equality Ohio is sharing it here. We want to share our collective concerns and request meaningful, measurable change to combat a climate that has allowed marginalized communities to […]

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Jim Obergefell to be honored in Ohio’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame

Obergefell is the second Ohioan inducted into the state’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame for work specifically on behalf of LGBTQ people. Former Ohio State University law professor Rhonda Rivera, one of the early advocates for LGBTQ civil rights in Ohio, was inducted in 2010. The 60 other members of the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame include Jesse […]

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Trump administration to allow federal contractors to discriminate?

On July 21st 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13672, which added gender identity to the list of protected classes that the federal government does not discriminate against in employment. The order also added both sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of classes that federal contractors are prohibited from discriminating against. Now, the […]

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HB658: Anti-Trans, Absurd, and Unnecessary

Ohio’s HB658 is the latest attempt by anti-LGBTQ extremists in Ohio to codify explicit second-class citizenship for LGBTQ people, only this time, they are targeting transgender youth. HB658 (1) requires school staff to inform parents if a child wishes to be “treated in a manner opposite” of their “biological sex” and (2) requires written authorization […]

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