Last Updated: August 15, 2017

Ohio is one of 28 states that leaves LGBTQ people out of laws that make discrimination illegal.

However, some individual communities have enacted these protections themselves.

Equality Ohio performed an analysis on the city codes of over 250 Ohio cities for this map. City officials may request a copy of a their municipal legal memo by emailing


Employment Discrimination

Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms, such as not being hired because you are gay, jokes or harassment because you are bisexual, or even being “deadnamed.” If your city has local protections, there may be an agency or commission you can contact locally. If not, you can file a report with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.


Housing Discrimination

If a landlord refuses to rent, show you an apartment, or suddenly raises your rent, it is possible you are a victim of discrimination. Reporting discrimination varies depending on where you live and whether LGBTQ people are protected under your community’s laws.


Public Accommodations Discrimination

Public accommodations are things like stores, restaurants, parks and movie theaters. If your community protects LGBTQ people from this type of discrimination, a business establishment may not refuse you service on the grounds that you are LGBTQ.

In 19 cities in Ohio, discrimination in those three areas against LGBTQ people is illegal.

They are: Akron, Athens, Bexley, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Columbus, Coshocton, Dayton, East Cleveland, Lakewood, Kent, Newark, Olmsted Falls, Oxford, Toledo, Yellow Springs, and Youngstown.


Do you have a story to share?

Personal stories about discrimination are very powerful. If you have experienced discrimination and want to speak out about it, please tell us your story of discrimination!

While Ohio’s discrimination laws do not include LGBTQ people, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission may be able to help you. Here is how to file a complaint.


I want my community to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination!

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