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Lakewood to add gender identity to equality laws

Gay People’s Chronicle, OH, USA

December 17, 2010

Lakewood to add gender identity to equality laws

by Anthony Glassman

Lakewood–City council stands poised to expand protections for transgender residents with the passage of three new ordinances.

The final votes are expected on December 20, according to councilor Nickie Antonio and council president Kevin Butler.

The move comes just months after Antonio, who leaves for the Ohio House of Representatives next month, worked with the human resources director of Lakewood to add sexual orientation and gender identity to personnel policies across the board, protecting city employees from anti-gay and anti-trans discrimination.

“Further, the language that was incorporated into the updated policies and procedures has also been expanded and incorporated into some of the union contracts that have been negotiated this year, so those protections will now be in those contracts going forward,” Antonio said, “which I really believe speaks to the city of Lakewood’s commitment to respecting diversity in hiring and employment.”

The three proposed ordinances, which were introduced by Butler when Antonio was at a new-legislator orientation in Columbus last month, would amend section 501.01 of the city code, which provides definitions, to add ones for sexual orientation and gender identity; section 537.18, to add gender identity or expression to the ethnic intimidation ordinance which already contains sexual orientation, and section 516, the fair housing ordinance, to bar discrimination in housing and  financing on the basis of gender identity and expression.

The fair housing code also currently includes sexual orientation.

Antonio was elected to the 13th District Ohio House seat that State Rep. Mike Skindell is vacating due to term limits. Skindell was also a Lakewood City Council member, and has won election to the Ohio Senate for the 23rd district. Skindell is a staunch supporter of LGBT rights,  and was one of the main proponents of the addition of sexual orientation to the Lakewood city codes.

With the measures’ passage, Lakewood would become Ohio’s eleventh city to include transgender people in its equal rights ordinances. The others are Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, Dayton, Akron, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, Bowling Green and Oxford. Six more cities have sexual orientation equality measures: Canton, Oberlin, Yellow Springs, Athens, North Olmsted and East Cleveland.

No federal or Ohio law protects either group, unlike in 21 other states and the District of Columbia. A measure to do so passed the
Ohio House last year but never saw a Senate vote; a similar federal bill has met a similar fate.

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Bowling Green Residents Need Your Help to Fight Discrimination

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead

It Takes An Army To Move A Mountain

Something that never ceases to inspire me is that when a call goes out for action, our community rises to the occasion and goes above and beyond to help one another. While the world surrounding us is in a constant state of flux and perhaps chaos, it is now the time for each of us to come together and stand up to those who are spreading mis-information and using the traditional scare tactics to spread hate and lies about who we are.

We are a community, an army, so, let’s help One Bowling Green dig in and see that everybody in Ohio has the opportunity to fair employment practices, public education, housing and banking regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation.

Let’s change the landscape and see Bowling Green become the next Ohio city to join the ranks of Toledo, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Columbus, Cincinnati and Athens in anti-discrimination ordinances.

Volunteer with One Bowling Green now! Our community needs you.

What You Can Do To Help One Bowling Green To Be The Next Ohio City To End Discrimination!

Canvassing Bowling Green Neighborhoods!

Team up with One Bowling Green members to visit residents in the city of Bowling Green. Share your personal story of why these non-discrimination ordinances are important to you. Connecting with Bowling Green residents 1-on-1 is vital to the passage of ordinances 7905 and 7906.

  • Monday: 5:15-9:30pm
  • Tuesday: 5:15-9:30pm
  • Saturday: 8:15-1:00pm
  • Sunday: 1:45-6:00pm

Two additional canvasses have been added for Friday, October 15th and October 16th, 5:30pm-9:30pm so that Matt Barber and Phil Burress can join One Bowling Green canvassers!

Confirmation Calls – please bring your cell phone!

Prefer to talk to people on the phone? Team up with One Bowling Green members to call residents in the city of Bowling Green. Share your story, and ensure that Bowling Green stays a welcoming Ohio city!

  • Monday: 11:30-1:30pm, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Tuesday: 11:30-1:30pm, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Wednesday: 11:30-1:30pm, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Thursday: 11:30-1:30pm, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Friday: 11:30-1:30pm, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:30-12:30pm, 3:00-5:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:30-12:30pm, 3:00-5:00pm

Data Entry

  • Tuesday: 12-3pm, 3-6pm, 6-9pm
  • Wednesday: 12-3pm, 3-6pm
  • Friday: 12-3pm

Is It Really Important That These Ordinances Pass?
Simply put, Yes, it is. Nobody likes to be judged based upon their gender identity or expression, or for that matter, who they love. Passing Ordinances 7905 and 7906 will keep Bowling Green an open and welcoming city. Doesn’t everybody deserve to be treated with respect and dignity?

Employment — it would be unlawful to hire or fire, deny regular privileges of employment, or print any discriminatory notice because of the previously mentioned characteristics.

Public Education — it would be unlawful to deny access to public education due to the protected characteristics.

Public Accommodations — it would be unlawful to deny access to services such as restaurants or entertainment due to the protected characteristics.

Housing — it would be unlawful to refuse selling, renting or leasing, or lying about the availability of housing due to the protected characteristics.

Banking — it would be illegal to deny loans, conditions of loans, or mortgage status due to these characteristics.

About One Bowling Green

ONE Bowling Green is the local ballot question formed to urge Bowling Green, Ohio voters to approve Ordinances 7905 and 7906 by voting YES on both ordinances during the November 2, 2010 voting cycle . A grassroots coalition, ONE Bowling Green believes that all people should be treated fairly and equally when they live, work, or go to school in Bowling Green, or when they visit our community.

Email info@ONEbowlinggreen.org to get involved.

Mailing Address:

BG Coalition for Justice
P.O. Box 842
Bowling Green, OH 43402

Phone Number:

Headquarter Information:
101 North Main
Bowling Green, OH 43402

Canvassing Meeting Place:
244 South Main Street
Bowling Green, OH 43402

Columbus Dispatch Letter to the Editor: Anti-discrimination bill deserves to move forward

Columbus Dispatch, May 29, 2010

Anti-discrimination bill deserves to move forward

Saturday, May 29, 2010  02:50 AM

House Bill 176 needs a full Ohio Senate committee hearing to discuss the Equal Housing and Employment Act, which passed the Ohio House of Representatives in September.

The bill would make it illegal to discriminate against individuals in Ohio based upon sexual orientation and gender identity as it relates to employment, housing and public accommodations. Gov. Ted Strickland has promised to sign it into law. When enacted, this will be the first statewide law protecting or recognizing Ohioans based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

While this bill sits, I see members of my community throughout the state being fired and discriminated against for simply being who they are: people who vote, pay taxes, have families, obey traffic laws and volunteer with community organizations — really good people, talented people, who happen not to fit into traditional gender binaries of man and woman or just don’t conform to society’s perception of the norm.

It’s important to note that the Columbus Chamber has included passage of the bill on its economic work-force development agenda, and its Small Business Council unanimously approved doing so. Ohio’s largest Fortune 500 company, Cardinal Health, testified in support of the bill — the first time it has ever provided testimony in the legislature on any bill. Ohio’s second-largest private employer, the Cleveland Clinic, also provided testimony in support of the bill.

Not a single business testified against the bill. Furthermore, unfair practices are bad for business and bad for Ohio’s economy. Top Ohio employers, including Nationwide, say that Ohio’s intolerance harms their ability to attract and keep a skilled, creative work force. Sixteen Ohio cities ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This protects less than 20 percent of Ohio’s population.

The Ohio Council of Churches supports the bill and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce has no issues with it being approved.

The time to move is now. Passing this historic piece of legislation would have the positive effects of allowing Ohio to create employment opportunities and also begin applying the brakes to the brain drain within the Buckeye State.

Founder and chairman

Registration now open for Third Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium


Shane Morgan
(614) 441-8167

Registration now open for Third Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium

Columbus, Ohio — May 22, 2010 — The 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium, which will be held on the campus of Ohio State University from August 13-15, 2010, will feature over 70 workshops and seminars by local and nationally recognized presenters. Registration for this year’s Transgender and Ally Symposium is now open.

TransOhio, Ohio’s only statewide Transgender advocacy and community organization, has expanded this conference, which originally consisted of a single day just three years ago, to three full days of workshops, seminars and social events, including a day that is specifically set aside for medical, social service and legal providers. “This is the first year we will be hosting a Provider’s Day at our Symposium. We’re going to be able to offer continuing education units (CEUs) as we’ve partnered with The Ohio State University’s College of Social Work. Additionally, the GLBT Alumni Society – Scarlet & Gay and The Longaberger Alumni House have also been key partners in making this day come together,” said Shane Morgan, Founder and Chair of TransOhio. The General Symposium sessions, held both Saturday and Sunday, will occur onsite at the Ohio State University Multicultural Center at the Ohio Union.

“Recently, we’ve seen several established as well as new medical and legal providers stepping up to learn about the Transgender community and their needs and the issues that are specific to the community. Part of TransOhio’s mission is to provide opportunities to continue to develop qualified professionals that the Transgender community can seek out for services,” according to TransOhio Board Member Jacob Nash.  “People need to know that they have options and need to be able to select a professional who best fits an individual’s needs and works for them.”

Presentations, workshops and seminars will cover topics such as Health & Safety, Partners, Spouses & Family, Sex & Sexuality, Legal Issues & Employment, Religion and Spirituality, Education & Advocacy and Culture, Media and Arts.  Friday night events include a Meet & Greet and the Fabulously Fluid! gender-bending performance showcase. Saturday evening, TransOhio will host a special performance of local performer Sile P. Singleton’s – PAINT! A Transformative Project at the Columbus Performing Arts Center’s Shedd Theatre in Columbus.  PAINT! is set against the backdrop of a socially constructed notion that communities of color are “more homophobic than white communities,” Singleton, chases the metaphor of the rainbow from her earliest childhood memories in the church to today’s rainbow clad “twirly” boys and “dykes on bikes.” Singleton guides the audience through the very personal journey of an American Black Midwest Queer Trans-person and her quest for the symbol of hope and ‘everlasting inclusion.’

For more information about TransOhio or the 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium, visit www.transohio.org or transohio2010.wordpress.com to register.


Senate Democrats Push Action on Discrimination Bill – Equal Housing and Employment Act (H.B. 176)

Senate Dems Push House Bill 176 - Equal Housing and Employment Act