Today, Representative Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) announced her intention to introduce legislation that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in employment, housing or public accommodations. Watch a video of the announcement here.
Alana Jochum, managing director of Equality Ohio said:
In most parts of Ohio, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people can be fired, evicted from their homes, or denied service at a business or public place just because they are LGBT.
Nobody should have to endure discrimination. The vast majority of Ohioans agree. Nearly 8 in 10 Ohioans support this. In fact, they’re shocked to learn that we don’t have a law like this protecting LGBT Ohioans in the first place.