LGBTQ+ Rights

Transgender Ohioans win birth certificate lawsuit against the state

BY: - December 17, 2020

Four transgender Ohioans who sued the state after it refused to change their birth certificates to reflect their identities have won their lawsuit. A judge in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division ruled in favor of Stacie Ray, Basil Argento, Jane Doe, and Ashley Breda, saying an Ohio Department […]

Activists say enhanced protest punishments will lead to more police misconduct

BY: - November 23, 2020

Police already have been overly aggressive in this year’s civil rights protests, some protesters say. If Ohio adopts enhanced penalties related to protests, that will only aggravate the problem, they say. Worse, according to the activists, the bill’s provision allowing deadly force by people who feel threatened during “riots” will only encourage people to go […]

Pastors, religious groups speak to Ohio Fairness Act

BY: - November 20, 2020

Religious leaders across the state had their turn to speak on the Ohio Fairness Act, though many spoke on issues that were taken out of the bill as soon as the committee hearing began. The sponsors of House Bill 369, a bill that originally expanded state civil rights law to prohibit discrimination based on sexual […]

Ohio Fairness Act back in committee, supporters and opposition ready to continue fight

BY: - November 17, 2020

With supporters and opponents ready to jump in, a bill regarding LGBTQ discrimination is once again in front of an Ohio House committee, but the passage of the bill is still unclear. The Ohio Fairness Act will be heard by the House Civil Justice Committee exactly one year since it was introduced in the committee. […]

Namesakes in landmark gay marriage case oppose Barrett’s confirmation to Supreme Court

BY: - October 21, 2020

Sen. Brown on court packing: ‘All things are on the table’ The namesakes from the 2015 landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges warn that confirming Amy Coney Barrett to fill an open Supreme Court justice seat could have “drastic” implications for the LGBTQ+ community.  Five years after their case led to same-sex marriages becoming legal across […]

Supreme Court confirmation hearings to plow ahead amid COVID-19 infections

BY: - October 12, 2020

Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett will face the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee beginning Monday for what’s expected to be an unusual and contentious four days of hearings on her nomination for the Supreme Court. Democrats sought unsuccessfully to block those hearings, raising concerns about the short time frame before Election Day, the urgent need to […]

At least 26 trans people have been killed in the U.S. this year. This is who they are.

BY: - August 11, 2020

As of July 31, at least 26 trans people have been killed in the U.S. this year, and a vast majority of them were people of color. The violence each of them endured is horrific and should not happen to anybody, especially those who are merely trying to be who they are. Those who perpetrate […]

U.S. Supreme Court hands victories to religious employers in health care, employment

BY: - July 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration effort to exempt employers with religious or moral concerns from complying with a “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era law that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover contraceptives. Reproductive rights advocates say the ruling potentially affects hundreds of thousands of […]

After U.S. Supreme Court decision, Ohio Fairness Act still awaiting hearings

BY: - June 24, 2020

A piece of Ohio House legislation on sexual orientation discrimination is sitting idle in a committee, even after the nation’s highest court said LGBTQ+ people can’t be fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that LGBTQ individuals are protected from job discrimination by the Civil Rights […]

U.S. Supreme Court ruling protects LGBTQ workers from job discrimination

BY: - June 16, 2020

WASHINGTON — In a landmark victory for LGBTQ rights, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday that employers can’t legally fire people because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. In a 6-3 opinion, the court ruled that employers who fire individuals “merely for being gay or transgender” violate Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, […]

LGBTQ+ social services still in place, working in virtual space

BY: - April 17, 2020

Many social services throughout the state are continuing their work in whatever way they can during social distancing, including those helping the LGBTQ+ community. For Columbus’ Kaleidoscope Youth Center, the changes brought on by school closures and stay-at-home orders weren’t unexpected, and through the use of social media, they’ve been able to stay connected in […]

LGBTQ+ protections, pet euthanasia, women’s policy, and the impacts of racism

BY: - March 4, 2020

Whiplash. NPR is reporting that under the Trump administration, Obama-era policies aimed at protecting LGBTQ people have been rescinded one by one. “The Trump administration is — tit for tat — … trying to reverse-engineer every single one of those advances,” one law professor says. The pound. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles is reporting, “Bill Would Ban Use Of […]