SCOTUS send G.G. back to lower court

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In a single-sentence order, the Supreme Court has vacated a lower court’s ruling in G.G. v. Gloucester and instructed them to reconsider in light of the Trump administration’s position on accommodating transgender children in schools. Joshua Block, senior attorney at the ACLU and … Continued

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2016

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EVENTS: Greater Cincinnati Transgender Day of Remembrance Sunday, 2pm https://www.facebook.com/events/1761402870795253/ Cleveland Transgender Day of Remembrance Friday, 5:30pm https://www.facebook.com/events/744107552395081/ Columbus Transgender Day of Remembrance Friday, 6:45pm https://www.facebook.com/events/1886157638273065/ Dayton Transgender Day of Remembrance Sunday, 4pm https://www.facebook.com/events/1814438702170267/ Toledo Transgender Day of Remembrance Sunday, … Continued

Ohio School Psychologists Association opposes conversion “therapy” on minors

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The Ohio School Psychologists Association has joined the National Association fo Social Workers (Ohio Chapter), The Ohio Psychological Association, the Ohio Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and others, in issue a statement strongly opposing conversion “therapy” when … Continued

GOP Convention Resources

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Information compiled by Plexus, the Chamber of Commerce for the LGBT Community and Allies Safe Spaces East Side – University Circle Case Western Reserve University LGBT Center 10900 Euclid Ave Cleveland (Basement of Crawford Hall room A15C) 216.368.5428 http://thedaily.case.edu/news/changes-to-campus-operations-during-rnc/ ≠ … Continued

Cleveland Officials Vote Unanimously to Extend Protections to the Transgender Community

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Cleveland City Council passed Ordinance 1446—a measure that removes discriminatory language in Cleveland’s code that allowed employers to tell transgender employees and business owners to tell patrons which restrooms they could or could not use.  Now, transgender Clevelanders and visitors … Continued

Ohio Actions In Solidarity With Orlando

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Ohioans are organizing rallies to show support for the victims, survivors and family of the Orlando LGBTQ massacre. If you would like to donate directly to the survivors and families, Equality Florida has setup a GoFundMe. Akron: First Congregational Church of … Continued

Ohio Psychological Association: “insufficient evidence” for conversion “therapy” on minors

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On February 13th, 2016, the Ohio Psychological Association (OPA) released a statement written by the Board of Directors and the OPA LGBT Committee. The statement strongly condemns the use of conversion “therapy” on minors. First, OPA affirmed that modern science recognizes LGBTQ … Continued

Disability and LGBTQ advocacy – creating policy for transgender patients

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Guest post by Liz Poprocki, Advocate, Disability Rights Ohio This guest post highlights a collaboration resulting in meaningful policy change for Ohio’s regional and private psychiatric hospitals.   Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) is a federally-mandated protection and advocacy agency and … Continued

Housing Research & Advocacy Center Examines LGBTQ Housing Discrimination in Cuyahoga County

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Housing discrimination against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community is widespread throughout Cuyahoga County. Housing Research & Advocacy Center’s (The Housing Center) newest report, “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Housing Discrimination in Cuyahoga County” assesses the prevalence … Continued

Have you undergone conversion “therapy” from a licensed therapist? Here’s how to file a complaint.

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Conversion/reparative “therapy” (sometimes called sexual orientation change efforts) has no evidence demonstrating effectiveness. On the other hand, we have plenty of evidence demonstrating its harmful impacts. All the major professional counseling and therapeutic organizations have condemned the practice.   One way … Continued

Legislators press bill to ban conversion therapy

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Advocates back bill to ban conversion therapy by @dinaivey https://t.co/BhY9PUVdVP (thx @senatortavares, @DeniseDriehaus @debphillipsohio) — Equality Ohio (@EqualityOhio) November 19, 2015 On Tuesday, Representative Denise Driehaus and Representative Debbie Phillips stressed the importance of banning conversion therapy on minors by holding a … Continued

Nickie Antonio introduces Fairness Act

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Today, Representative Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) announced her intention to introduce legislation that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing or public accommodations. Watch a video of the announcement here. Alana Jochum, managing director … Continued

Equality Ohio Endorses Ohio Issue 1

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COLUMBUS–In a unanimous vote, Equality Ohio’s board of directors has endorsed Ohio Issue 1. “Every ten years, Ohio politicians sit in a room and carve out legislative districts on a map,” said John Boggess, Equality Ohio board chair. “Voting yes on … Continued

Equality Ohio leader to step down

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“I’m an advocate, an attorney, and a businessperson but, much more importantly, I’m a woman in love. My fiancée lives in California where I grew up. Now, in so many ways, I’m planning to go home” said Equality Ohio executive … Continued

A note from Alana

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I was truly sad when my friend, my boss, and my mentor confessed that she had fallen in love and needed to relocate to California to be with her future wife. But how can I be sad? I know the … Continued

Equality Ohio announces full support of the Equality Act

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This morning national advocates and legislators announced the introduction of the Equality Act which is a new and comprehensive federal nondiscrimination legislation incorporating fully inclusive protections for the LGBT community. “The Equality Act is an important step forward in our ongoing … Continued

Bring Back Brian!

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It’s time for the Simon Kenton Council to reinstate Brian Peffly as Assistant Scout Master… now! Ohioans and supporters around the country spoke and Dr. Robert Gates, President of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), heard us. Reading from prepared … Continued

#StandWithBrian campaign to support ousted Assistant Scoutmaster Brian Peffly

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Action Center Go to StandWithBrian.org Sign the Change.org Petition Listen to the voicemail Brian received from the BSA View the letter Brian received from the BSA View the Simon Kenton Council’s Statement on Diversity Press Release Scouts for Equality, Equality … Continued

Reflections of a Founder: Tom Grote

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Celebrate our 10 year anniversary! Sign up for a monthly donation of $10 and receive an Equality Ohio bumper sticker! I will never forget how I felt on November 2nd, 2004. We lost and we lost big. Even some of my … Continued

Got a minute? Write a letter for service dog awareness

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Many people use service dogs for a variety of disabilities, including visual impairments, seizures and anxiety. While the use of service dogs is protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, they are sometimes unwelcome or not treated properly in public. Sometimes it’s just a hassle … Continued

Reflections From A Founder: Bill Brownson

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Guest post by Bill Brownson In early 2005, a room full of individuals experienced in LGBT advocacy met in the basement of King Avenue Methodist Church in Columbus to form a new statewide organization to advocate for equal rights for … Continued

Progress in accountability for police in Northeast Ohio – #BlackLivesMatter

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On January 8th, Equality Ohio participated in a community listening session held by the Department of Justice about their findings of fact that the Cleveland police department engages in an unconstitutional pattern or practice of using unreasonable force. We joined … Continued

Talking about nondiscrimination

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Equality Ohio and Movement Advancement Project (MAP) have released a guide to help you have conversations with your friends, family and coworkers about the importance of nondiscrimination protections. It’s called An Ally’s Guide to Talking About Nondiscrimination Protections for LGBT People. From MAP’s site: … Continued

Register to vote!

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If you’re not registered to vote, now is the time. Your voter registration must be postmarked today, Monday, October 6th. You can check your Ohio voter registration status right here. If you need to register for the first time, just click the button below.

New report details financial penalty for being LGBT

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MAP’s new report,  Paying an Unfair Price: The Financial Penalty for Being LGBT in America offers a groundbreaking analysis of the added financial burdens faced by LGBT Americans because of anti-LGBT laws. These laws contribute to devastating cycle of poverty and create unfair financial … Continued

Takei the Vote? Sure.

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In a new PSA, 2014 Columbus Pride Grand Marshall George Takei appeals to straight young couples (who will be having the gay babies of the future) to vote. Sure it’s a little cheeky, but that’s why we love George. Also … Continued

The Politics of Dancing in the Sixth Circuit

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Meet the Players Probably with us: Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey was appointed by President Bill Clinton, and is widely expected to rule in favor of marriage equality in the Sixth Circuit. Probably against us: Judge Deborah Cook was appointed by President George W. Bush, and is widely expected … Continued

Give

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Friend, Thank you for opening my letter and taking action. Remember, donations to Equality Ohio Education Fund are fully tax-deductible. Clicking below will take you to our secure donation page. Thank you, Elyzabeth Holford

Equality Ohio Announces Efforts to Strengthen Northeast Ohio LGBT Community

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Statewide Organization Will Also Open Cleveland-based Regional Office CLEVELAND–Today, Equality Ohio announced that its educational affiliate, the Equality Ohio Education Fund, has received a grant from the Cleveland Foundation to fund a newly-created regional coordinator position. The role will focus … Continued

March or volunteer with us at Pride!

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It’s Pride Season 2014, and we need your help. Do you want to march in your local Pride Parade or be a booth ambassador? We’d love for you to volunteer with Equality Ohio. Sign up below and an organizer will contact you … Continued

Justice for incarcerated trans woman

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This morning, US District Judge Algenon Marbley granted a motion for temporary restraining order to restore hormone treatment to Whitney Lee, a transgender woman currently incarcerated by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (“ODRC”). Ms. Lee had received hormone … Continued

Northeast Ohio Internship Open

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Northeast Ohio Internship Equality Ohio advocates and educates to achieve fair treatment and equal opportunity for all Ohioans regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Our field team works to organize our community and allies to increase … Continued

Giving Tuesday

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You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now it’s time for Giving Tuesday – where you can take a stand and help the cause Helpful highlighter don’t? I’m where to buy doxycycline for dogs Israel used after finger using … Continued

Annual Holiday Fundraiser

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CLEVELAND, OH–Join Equality Ohio Education Fund board chair Wally Lanci, board member Gretchen Snediker, executive director Elyzabeth Holford, Senator Frank LaRose, Senator Nina Turner, Representative Nickie Antonio, Representative John Patrick Carney and Councilman Joe Cimperman for an unforgettable holiday event presented by … Continued

Queer Kids Boot Camp

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Guest Post by Leilani White, Student Organizing Workstudy A retrospective on a student led conference about building; building ourselves up in celebration, building community, building skills, and networking with fellow organizers. On Saturday, October 26th, students, staff, and alumni came … Continued

Letter to Cleveland Plain Dealer

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On April 29th, the Cleveland Plain Dealer delivered problematic coverage of the murder of Cemia Acoff, known as CeCe to friends. The coverage misgendered Cemia and was profoundly disrespectful. Representatives from our community met with staff of the Plain Dealer … Continued

Central Ohio LGBT racial justice potluck meeting

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The Central Ohio Regional Organizing Group will be meeting this Sunday (Sept 29th) at 3:30PM-4:30PM. This group was created as a result of the Real Talk: Racial Justice Summit, but anyone interested in the topic is welcome.

What’s a volunteer night like?

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Last night was volunteer night in Columbus, hosted by our volunteer coordinator Tami Lunan. Have you ever been curious what our volunteer nights are like? Well, the answer is: they’re fun! Volunteer night is a great way to meet others … Continued

Help pass ENDA!

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Ohio is yet again in the center of it all. Our work and voices will be critical to ENDA making movement in Washington.

Why Marriage Matters Ohio

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COLUMBUS-OH—Why Marriage Matters Ohio, a marriage equality education campaign supporting the right for any loving, committed Ohio couple to marry, launched today. The launch announcement was held in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus simultaneously. The launch introduced the campaign and its … Continued

Majority of Ohioans oppose Ohio’s “Super DOMA”

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9/4/13FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Majority of Ohioans oppose Ohio’s “Super DOMA”But achieving marriage equality will take time COLUMBUS-OH—According to a values survey released by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), a majority of Ohioans support the legalization of either marriage or … Continued

Jim & John: Thanks.

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Update: John Arthur passed away today, October 22nd 2013. Equality Ohio expresses it’s sympathy to Jim Obergefell and the entire family of John Arthur. We will continue to work for marriage equality in John’s honor. Thank you, Jim Obergefell and John … Continued

Affinity Groups

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Equality Ohio devotes time and organizing support to affinity groups because we know that small groups of committed people working in their local communities are – and have always been – the real strength of our movement. You can find … Continued

Recap: Columbus Pride 2013

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On Friday June 21st and Saturday June 22nd, Equality Ohio joined hundreds of Ohio-based LGBT organizations at the annual Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival. More than seventy Equality Ohio interns, volunteers, and supporters marched through the streets of Columbus. They chanted … Continued

Two big wins for marriage equality

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DOMA has been struck down. The Supreme Court affirmed that the federal government cannot discriminate against committed couples of the same sex. Same-sex couples in Ohio legally married in other jurisdictions should now be eligible for more than 1000 federal … Continued

Windsor

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There are many questions about what today’s decision was and what it means. We’ve summarized the highlights of today’s decision and it’s impact here in Ohio.

We still need the Voting Rights Act

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Our community has been waiting – pensively – for the Supreme Court to rule on marriage equality. We’ve been refreshing SCOTUSblog like everybody else. We’ve still got our fingers crossed, but these aren’t the only cases we’re watching.

The Supreme Court and Ohio

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Community Update

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Representatives from Equality Ohio and FreedomOhio met this weekend to talk about how we can reach full equality in Ohio. We discussed the points of intersection in our work as well as those junctures where we may be Awhile recommend … Continued

Help us thank Senator Rob Portman

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Equality Ohio, Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Form Coalition

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Coalition will bring unprecedented effort for equality Join us. Sign our equality petition. Today, Equality Ohio joined with the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to announce the start of a new statewide coalition. Ohioans … Continued

Illinois + marriage equality

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Illinois moves marriage equality forward: one step at a time. Illinois Equality Illinois activists have a history of passing inclusive laws that fully reflect and protect all the residents of Illinois. Over the years, they have been building a strong … Continued

Upcoming Equality Ohio Event

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Holiday with us!

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Please join Equality Ohio to celebrate the holidays and welcome our new Executive Director Elyzabeth Holford. It’s all happening at Union Cafe (782 N, High Street in Columbus) Thursday, December 20th from 6pm until 8pm. Donations appreciated, but not required. … Continued

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