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Fairness Act

The Ohio Fairness Act adds sexual orientation and gender identity or expression to the laws that make discrimination illegal in Ohio. That’s right—in most parts of Ohio, it’s still legal to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

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LegislationUpdates in Legislation


Level: State
Status: Proposed
Equality Ohio Position: Support
Topics: Nondiscrimination

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Cuyahoga County Ordinance 0009

Level: Local
Status: Potential Vote
Equality Ohio Position: Support
Topics: Nondiscrimination

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Equality Ohio is working for YOU.

We’re working to pass a statewide nondiscrimination bill, and we’re supporting municipalities as they seek to add nondiscrimination protections at the local level.

Through our commitment to racial and social justice, we’re addressing issues of inequality at the margins. And with our commitment to expanding inclusive faith traditions, we’re mobilizing communities of faith across Ohio to help end LGBTQ inequality.

The work of realizing a fair and welcoming Ohio requires real conversations with real people. With your help, we give Ohioans the opportunity to engage in ways that affect change, not only on a statewide level, but in their neighborhoods and cities.

When you support the work of Equality Ohio Education Fund, you are fueling life-changing connections in homes, churches, and businesses across the state.

Donate today. Let your dollars become the words that change the heart and mind of our next Ally.


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The scorecard that you see in front of you today is the result of three months of research (and gallons of coffee). There are many important elected official scorecards. This scorecard is unique in that our sole evaluation criteria are LGBTQ issues in Ohio. Equality Ohio is a nonpartisan organization and equality for LGBTQ Ohioans […]

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As the first and only openly LGBTQ member of the Ohio Legislature, @nickieantonio has been a tireless advocate for LGBTQ Ohioans throughout her career. She has been a primary sponsor of #OHFairnessAct several times in a row and is an outspoken voice of reason for LGBTQ Ohioans.