Legal Discrimination

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Ohio does not have a statewide law that protects LGBTQ people from discrimination. This means many LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ nondiscrimination bills for the past twenty years.

As of January 4, 2021, the following 33 cities and counties in Ohio have passed local ordinances banning any LGBTQ discrimination (sexual orientation or gender identity) in employment, housing, and public accommodations. They are: Akron, Athens, Beachwood, Bexley, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Columbus, Coshocton, Cuyahoga County, Dayton, East Cleveland, Gambier, Golf Manor, Kent, Lakewood, Medina, Newark, Oberlin, Olmsted Falls, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reynoldsburg, Sandusky, Shaker Heights, South Euclid, Toledo, University Heights, Westerville, Worthington, Yellow Springs, and Youngstown.

Check out Equality Ohio’s Municipal Equality Map for more information on local nondiscrimination protections.

Learn more about Ohio Business Competes, a coalition of businesses committed to LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections at the state level.

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 two states (Ohio and Tennessee) that does not allow transgender individuals to correct the gender markers 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
Workplace Discrimination Chart
*Infographic statistics from the findings of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, available at


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