This Week’s Developments in LGBTQ Nondiscrimination

September 28, 2018 • 10:52 am

Momentum builds as more municipalities pass nondiscrimination ordinances protecting LGBTQ people; California passes landmark law providing health care for transgender youth

WASHINGTON – Officials in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — home to about 1.2 million people — passed an LGBTQ nondiscrimination measure this week. The move brings nondiscrimination protections to the second-largest county in the Buckeye State, and comes the same week that Meridian, Idaho passed a similar measure.  In California, Governor Jerry Brown this week ensured transgender youth in the state foster care system will receive critical gender-affirming health care. Freedom for All Americans’ Weekly LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Update has all the latest developments that should be on your radar:

Cuyahoga County, OH, Passes Nondiscrimination Ordinance:
The Cuyahoga County Council voted 8-3 to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance Tuesday, adding protections for discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity to the county’s civil rights code. Cuyahoga County is the second-largest county in the state of Ohio. The comprehensive ordinances will now extend new and explicit protections to all of the county’s 1.2 million residents.

Idaho Town Passes Nondiscrimination Ordinance:
Also on Tuesday, the city council in Meridian, Idaho passed a nondiscrimination ordinance by a vote of 4-2. Meridian is home to 96,000 residents and is now the 14th municipality in the state with a nondiscrimination ordinance.

California Becomes First State to Require Gender-Affirming Health Care:
A landmark bill was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown this week that will ensure transgender youth in the state’s foster care system have access to gender-affirming care. The law will provide access to critical medically necessary services that will ensure the health and well-being of transgender youth. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, gender-affirming health care can reduce stress, depression, and instances of suicide among transgender youth. California is now the first state in the country to require this type of health care for transgender foster care youth.

Freedom for All Americans is working to secure comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for all LGBTQ Americans, no matter which state they call home. For more information on state-specific legislation, or to browse our stories of discrimination, please visit

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