LGBTQ+ rights

DeWine signs budget, blocks erasure of COVID-19 health violations

BY: - July 1, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine signed the $74 billion, two-year state budget into law, keeping in place nearly all of its signature policy positions and spending priorities while once again nixing an effort by Republican lawmakers to counter his administration’s methods of handling the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. The governor also vetoed an attempt by Republican lawmakers to […]

Supreme Court affirms transgender rights in declining to hear Virginia school bathroom case

BY: - June 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a case of a transgender student in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom, a decision that affirms lower-court rulings that said treating transgender students differently violates federal law. Justices on the top court offered no comment in declining to take […]

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Trans kids in the U.S. were seeking treatment decades before today’s political battles

BY: - June 3, 2021

By Jules Gill-Peterson, University of Pittsburgh In 1942, a 17-year-old transgender girl named Lane visited a doctor in her Missouri hometown with her parents. Lane had known that she was a girl from a very young age, but fights with her parents over her transness had made it difficult for her to live comfortably and […]

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I’m a pediatrician who cares for transgender kids – here’s what you need to know

BY: - April 19, 2021

By Dr. Mandy Coles, Boston University When Charlie, a 10-year-old boy, came in for his first visit, he didn’t look at me or my colleague. Angry and crying, he insisted to us that he was cisgender – that he was a boy and had been born male. A few months before Charlie came into our […]

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Trans Day of Visibility offers chance for community to stand in solidarity and support

BY: - March 31, 2021

By Jay A. Irwin, University of Nebraska Omaha Visibility within the transgender community is often a Catch-22, especially for trans people of color, or those living in rural, conservative areas. Hiding one’s identity can be a damaging experience and increase feelings of isolation, stigma and shame. But standing out as a trans person can make […]

Shawnee professor can sue university over gender identity policy, appellate court says

BY: - March 29, 2021

A Shawnee State philosophy professor is allowed to continue his lawsuit against the university over disciplinary action the university took after he refused to use the preferred pronouns of a student. Nicholas Meriwether appealed to the Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals after a lower court agreed to a magistrate judge’s decision to dismiss Meriwether’s […]

Anti-discrimination ‘Fairness Act’ back in legislature with more GOP support

BY: - March 5, 2021

A bill to add LGBTQ people to the list of those protected from discrimination in the state of Ohio is once again coming to the legislature, this time with more bipartisan support. As she has done in every General Assembly since she became a senator in 2011, State Sen. Nickie Antonio, D-Lakewood, is sponsoring the […]

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Congressional Dems bent the universe toward justice last week. We need to keep pushing

BY: - March 2, 2021

Hopes of getting an increase to the piteously low federal minimum wage tucked into the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill were dealt a serious blow last week when the U.S. Senate’s Parliamentarian ruled that it couldn’t be included in the massive legislative package now moving through Congress. The announcement that came Thursday night was widely […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Three ways a 6-3 Supreme Court would be different

BY: - September 23, 2020

If the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is replaced this year, the Supreme Court will become something the country has not seen since the justices became a dominant force in American cultural life after World War II: a decidedly conservative court. A court with a 6-3 conservative majority would be a dramatic shift from the […]

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 […]