Statement on Governor DeWine’s Executive Order to Continue and Expand Non-Discrimination Protections for State Employees

Equitas Health applauds Governor Mike DeWine’s decision to issue executive orders extending existing non-discrimination legal protections to Ohio state employees for gender identity and expression and adding new protected classes. The executive orders were signed shortly after Ohio’s newest Governor took office.

It’s the first step in what we hope will be a series of steps towards full equality for all Ohioans. We believe that all people, no matter where they work or live, deserve these same legal protections.

Sign on to our letter applauding the Governor

for taking this important first step.

We are also hopeful the Governor will take a science-based approach to addressing healthcare issues that affect all Ohioans, including the modernization of HIV criminalization laws. We look forward to working with this administration to ensure that the voices of LGBTQ Ohioans are at the table as we move towards a more just and fair Ohio.


Bill Hardy,
President & CEO
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