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Alert––5/20/20
Equality Ohio joins 200+ civil rights organizations calling for Trump administration to drop plan to destroy nondiscrimination protections in healthcare during COVID-19. Read more.

Alert––5/5/20
Gambier, Ohio is the latest Ohio village to pass a local Ohio Fairness Act. Also, made history as the first community to pass a law like this on Zoom. Read more.

Alert––4/21/20
Some transgender Ohioans report difficulty applying for unemployment. We have a fix. Learn more.

Alert––4/24/20
Central Ohio resources list now available. Thanks to Columbus LGBTQ roundtable. See resources.

Alert––4/10/20
Advocates for people living with HIV/AIDS call for decarceration of vulnerable inmates. Letter sent to all 88 counties––judges, sheriffs, prosecutors. Read the letter.

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Equality Ohio educates and advocates for LGBTQ+ Ohioans. We make sure that LGBTQ people are represented and that our rights are protected––especially in hard times like what we are going through with the impacts of COVID-19.

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The legal clinic offers many free legal services, like consumer law (such as fraud and identity theft), family law, civil rights, administrative help (such as SSI or disability) and more. In order to access the legal clinic, your income must be within 300% of the federal poverty level. The clinic can be accessed by calling 855-LGBT-LAW or filling out an intake form below.

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LGBTQ Ohio & COVID-19
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Be a Social Distance Activist for Equality

I don’t have to tell you that the last several weeks have been difficult. Every day we are posed with new challenges to our routine way of life, and the most recent closure of our local restaurants and bars, along with the general sense of unease that is accompanying COVID-19 can cause us to feel […]

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Columbus LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Response (local resources)

The LGBTQ+ community is no stranger to adversity. From hateful and deadly homophobic laws, to the Stonewall riots, and throughout the fight for equal rights that continues to this day, our community soldiers on. In the 1980s, when others turned a blind-eye while our siblings’ lives were decimated by the AIDS epidemic, our community rose […]

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While we fight to survive COVID-19, vulnerable prisoners and those imprisoned because of Ohio’s old, outdated HIV laws ought to be released.

Non-violent individuals at risk of harm from COVID-19 should be released. Incarcerated populations should be lowered by releasing pre-trial detainees, administrative detainees, cease arrests for breaking old, outdated laws that criminalize people living with HIV.

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Voting while Quarantined: How to make sure your vote is counted in the 2020 primary election

COVID-19 has brought dramatic changes to our lives and our government. One of the major impacts the pandemic has had here in Ohio is on our primary election. Scheduled for March 17, in-person polling locations were closed via an order from Governor DeWine’s administration on March 16.  In a series events fit for The West […]

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COVID-19: Emerging Resources and Mutual Aid Guide

This is not a replacement for 411 or existing community resource guides in your community. It is highly suggested you look at and support existing local resources. This guide is just collecting new, emerging resources that may be useful at this time. Equality Ohio has not vetted these organizations or offerings––these are provided as-is, but […]

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In-person voting postponed. Here’s how to be counted.

Ohio has “no-excuse” absentee voting. This means anybody can vote by mail without special circumstances. First, you need to request a ballot with this form (or in Spanish). We encourage you to do this as soon as possible in light of the changing and dynamic circumstances. Once you receive your official ballot, complete it and get it back in the mail as soon as possible. The situation has already changed more than once, and the sooner you get it in, the sooner your vote counts.

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