LGBTQ Rights

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LGBTQ Americans continue to face significant issues with Discrimination in Ohio. Despite finally receiving marriage rights in Obgergefell, discrimination in adoptions, employment and housing are still pervasive problems for far too many LGBTQ Ohioans.

While there is still no statewide law to protect against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity outside of state employment. Discrimination based on sexual orientation, but not gender identity, is prohibited within state employment.

Also, thirty Ohio cities and counties have anti-discrimination ordinances prohibiting employment and housing discrimination of the basis of sexual orientation. These cities and counties include:

Athens, Bowling Green, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Coshocton, Dayton, East Cleveland, Newark, Oxford, Toledo, and the Village of Yellow Springs.

Also, 14 municipalities and counties prohibit public employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity: Akron, Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga County, Franklin County, Gahanna, Hamilton, Hamilton County, Laura, Lima, Lucas County, Montgomery County, Oberlin, Summit County, and Wood County.

Akron, Athens, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, East Cleveland, Oxford, Toledo, and Yellow Springs have ordinances providing full protections from discrimination in employment and housing based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Other localities offer some, but not full protections (e.g., Lakewood, North Olmsted, and Shaker Heights provide nondiscrimination laws that include housing, but not employment).

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