The Human Rights Campaign announced the endorsement of champions of equality the Ohio State Legislature and statewide office.
Today, 29 states, including Ohio, lack comprehensive protections for LGBTQ people. First introduced in 2009, the Ohio Fairness Act would provide those protections and explicitly bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in areas of employment, housing and public accommodations under state law.
The bipartisan legislation was introduced in the state senate by openly LGBTQ State Senator Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood), and has support from nearly 600 businesses in Ohio and across the country.
“Right now, over 389,000 LGBTQ Ohioans live under a patchwork of protections,” said HRC Ohio State Director Shawn Copeland.
“Driving from Cincinnati to Cleveland, an LGBTQ person would have different rights in every town, city or county they drove through.
That must change, and while the Bostock ruling has provided some important workplace protections, LGBTQ Ohioans are still at risk of discrimination in a variety of areas including seeking basic services offered to the public, such as transportation and retail services.
In the coming weeks, HRC will mobilize the over two million Equality Voters across the state to ensure we elect the strongest slate of pro-equality candidates as […]
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