LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Ohio:
There are currently no explicit, comprehensive statewide non-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people in Ohio.
The Latest on LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Ohio:
In January 2018 lawmakers in Ohio held the first hearing on a comprehensive LGBTQ non-discrimination bill in over a decade. Ohioans from all across the state came together to share their stories and testify in favor of LGBTQ protections. The bill will be considered throughout 2018.
History of LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Ohio:
- 2005: Equality Ohio, the Buckeye State’s leading group working toward non-discrimination for LGBTQ people, is founded by over 65 LGBTQ leaders from all corners of the state in response to Ohio’s passage of a constitutional amendment banning the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
- September 15, 2009: State Rep. Nickie Antonio’s Equal Housing and Employment Act passes the House by a vote of 56-39, the first ever vote by the Ohio legislature to protect LGBTQ people. Unfortunately, the bill is not given testimony or a vote, and dies in the Senate at the end of the legislative session.
- January 21, 2011: Governor John Kasich issues an executive order banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in state employment.
- March 15, 2013: U.S. Senator Rob Portman voices his support for non-discrimination, the first ever Republican Senator from the state to do so.
- September 15, 2017: Equality Ohio launches Ohio Business Competes, an initiative gathering both big and small business pledges supporting comprehensive non-discrimination policies.
- July 31, 2017: The number of cities with comprehensive non-discrimination protections in Ohio grows to 19 as the town of Kent passes LGBTQ non-discrimination protections.
- January 31, 2018: Lawmakers hold a hearing on HB160, also known as the Ohio Fairness Act, which would provide inclusive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in housing, employment, and public accommodations. This marks the first time in Ohio history a comprehensive non-discrimination bill has received a second hearing in the state legislature.
- September 26, 2018: Cuyahoga County, Ohio’s single largest municipality, passes countywide nondiscrimination protections by a vote of 8-3, protecting 1.1 million people from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
- December 19, 2018: Governor John Kasich signs an executive order prohibiting discrimination in state employment on the basis of gender identity and expression.
Municipalities With LGBTQ Non-Discrimination in Ohio:
- The following municipalities protect people from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity: MAP has a full list.
- City of Akron
- City of Athens
- City of Bexley
- City of Bowling Green
- City of Canton
- City of Cincinnati
- City of Cleveland
- City of Cleveland Heights
- City of Columbus
- City of Coshocton
- City of Dayton
- City of East Cleveland
- City of Kent
- City of Lakewood
- City of Newark
- City of Olmsted Falls
- City of Oxford
- City of South Euclid
- City of Toledo
- City of Worthington
- City of Youngstown
- Village of Yellow Springs
- Cuyahoga County
Last Updated June 24, 2019
Jane Doe v. Highland Local School District
Case Concerning Restroom Access for Transgender StudentsKey Date: February 22, 2018 • 6th Circuit Rejects Anti-LGBTQ Request for Stay of Lower Court Ruling
Status: Case Resolved
Legal Team: National Center for Lesbian Rights
Type: Discrimination Targeting Transgender Students
Highland Local Schools in Ohio is refusing to respect the gender identity of transgender students, including a young transgender girl, Jane Doe. Following an investigation by the United States Department of Education, the District was found to be violating Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.Read More