From Alana Jochum: Breathe.

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The Department of Justice has been on a roll lately. Today, they just released guidance that is being largely interpreted as a how-to guide on discriminating against LGBTQ people and women. It has already been used to try to rollback … Continued

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

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

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

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

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

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

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