Legal Discrimination

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Ohio does not have a statewide law that protects LGBT people from discrimination. This means LGBT Ohioans can be fired from their job, denied housing, asked to leave a public facility, or denied access to the appropriate restroom. Unfortunately, the Ohio legislature has been voting down LGBT nondiscrimination bills for the past twenty years.

As of July 2017, the following 19 cities have local non-discrimination ordinances that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity: Akron, Athens, Bexley, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Columbus, Coshocton, Dayton, East Cleveland, Kent, Lakewood, Newark, Olmsted Falls, Oxford, Toledo, Youngstown and the Village of Yellow Springs.

Check out Equality Ohio’s Municipal Equality Map which includes information on local nondiscrimination protections.

Public accommodations are important! This term refers to spaces, whether privately or publicly owned, that are open to the public, such as movie theaters, hotels, restaurants and bars. The ACLU of Ohio believes that allowing transgender individuals to use the restroom that matches their gender identity is crucial to their safety and well-being.

Ohio is also one of just four states, plus Puerto Rico, that does not allow transgender individuals to update the gender marker on their birth certificates to match their true identity. There is a lot of work to be done across our nation, and in Ohio, to make sure transgender people are not just visible, but accepted, supported, and treated equally under the law.

Housing Discrimination Chart
*Infographic statistics from the findings of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, available at http://transohio.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Ohio-Results-Injustice-at-Every-Turn.pdf.
Workplace Discrimination Chart
*Infographic statistics from the findings of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, available at http://transohio.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Ohio-Results-Injustice-at-Every-Turn.pdf.

 

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