LGBTQ anti-discrimination

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NORTHEAST OHIO ADOPTION SERVICES

Trumbull County-based Northeast Ohio Adoption Services is one of four Ohio organizations being recognized for working to improve services for the LGBTQ community. A report from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation lists the agency among those that work toward inclusiveness for both children and parents.

Cynthia Wallis with Northeast Ohio Adoption Services said the staff there has completed training to “roll out the welcome mat” for LGBTQ families. And it’s something that didn’t exist when she began her career 25 years ago.

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ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM

A conservative Christian organization and a Catholic school have dropped their lawsuit against an Ohio city for its law protecting against LGBTQ discrimination.

The Alliance Defending Freedom was representing the Lyceum School against South Euclid’s non-discrimination ordinance, which the school said might threaten its teachings on marriage and gender. The school had claimed there were First Amendment issues involved, but the city’s Keith Benjamin says this is a civil rights issue.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Several people identifying as transgender and gay went before a Senate committee to tell their stories of discrimination. They want lawmakers to approve a bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the state’s anti-discrimination law. 

Jody Davis told lawmakers of her experiences of discrimination as a transgender woman. She said not only will the bill provide protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations, but it will also send a message of support for the LGBTQ community, including young people.

Equality Ohio Opens LGBTQ Free Legal Clinic

Mar 26, 2019
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An Ohio LGBTQ advocacy group has launched a new service to help citizens with legal questions and problems.  

Equality Ohio is offering a free clinic to guide LGBT citizens through legal dilemmas they may face. Managing Legal Director Maya Simek said her office gets many questions related to discrimination as well as divorces, adoptions and other family law. She said the clinic will direct citizens to resources they can trust.

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Gov. John Kasich has included a new category in state protections against discrimination in an executive order he signed Wednesday. However those protections might not last very long.
 

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Akron’s Annual LGBTQ Pride Festival experienced double-digit growth in its second year, something organizers say they are watching as they plan for the future.

Cuyahoga County Introduces Anti-Discrimination Legislation

Jun 13, 2018
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Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish has introduced legislation to broaden the county’s anti-discrimination code to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The legislation has been on the county executive’s agenda for years.

The Ohio House passed similar legislation when Budish was speaker in 2009. But the measure didn’t make it past the Senate.

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ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A Democratic state lawmaker says if Ohio wants to become more appealing as a place to move a business or family, it must create protections for LGBTQ people. There could be new momentum for a bill that has stalled several times in the last decade.

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About five-dozen people are marking Transgender Day of Remembrance in Cleveland, with a vigil and march to Trinity Cathedral downtown.

The day is meant to remember those in the transgender community who have been killed.

In Ohio, the number of people who are transgender who have committed suicide has been increasing. Summit County Clerk of Courts Sandra Kurt says one way to address that could be to show people that they have support.

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A bill that would ban discrimination in housing or employment based on sexual gender or identity has been introduced in the legislature. 

Democratic Rep. Nickie Antonio says this legislation is not new.

“A version of this bill has been introduced in the general assembly in the state of Ohio, since 2009.”

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Youngstown has a new law to prevent discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The nonprofit group Equality Ohio helped the city create the laws.

Grant Stancliff is the communications director at Equality Ohio and says that Youngstown now has the gold standard of LGBT protection.

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Legislation giving transgender people the legal right to use the restroom or locker room that fits their gender identity is expected to be passed by Cleveland City Council tonight.            

The measure, introduced in 2013, changes the city’s existing  non-discrimination law, which says private business owners with public accommodations can dictate which restroom or shower a person should use regardless of gender identity.

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While people are still reeling in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Orlando, leaders in Ohio say it’s time to add more protections for the LGBT community. 

When responding to the brutal attack at a gay nightclub in Florida that left 49 people dead and dozens of others wounded, President Barack Obama declared an act of terror and of hate.