Today, Equitas Health joined Equality Ohio and Ohio Business Competes—a nonpartisan coalition of more than 600 Ohio businesses committed to achieving statewide nondiscrimination policies—for a press conference about achieving an important mark of progress for LGBTQ+ Ohioans.
The Ohio Fairness Act, which Sen. Nickie Antonio reintroduced a few weeks ago with bipartisan support, would provide LGBTQ+ Ohioans with critical legal protections at the state level. Read more about why this bill is so crucial in the statement below.
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Equitas Health, Ohio Business Competes Push to Make Ohio More Equitable for LGBTQ+ Community
At Equitas Health, we believe that no one should be fired, evicted, or denied public accommodations because of who they are. Put simply, discrimination does not belong in our laws, but Ohio unfortunately remains one of 29 states to exclude members of the LGBTQ+ community from its nondiscrimination law. Equitas Health is working to change that as a proud member of Ohio Business Competes—a nonpartisan coalition of more than 600 Ohio businesses committed to achieving statewide nondiscrimination policies—and as an organization that serves the LGBTQ+ community on a daily basis.
On the local level, there are more than twenty Ohio cities and one county (Cuyahoga) that have inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances. And a couple of months ago, Governor DeWine issued an Executive Order that maintained nondiscrimination legal protections for LGBTQ+ state employees. These are extremely important strides in progress, but they are not enough.
LGBTQ+ Ohioans still face incredible discrimination, particularly in some of the most important areas of people’s lives: at their jobs, in their homes, and in spaces otherwise open to the public. The Ohio Fairness Act (Senate Bill 11) would prohibit this sort of discrimination against all members of the LGBTQ+ community—a type of legal protection that does not currently exist at the state level.
The passage of this bill is imperative to help ensure that all Ohioans, including members of the LGBTQ+ community, live their lives free from discrimination in these important spaces. We urge Governor DeWine to publicly commit to signing Senate Bill 11 and to encourage the Ohio legislature to take action in getting this important legislation passed.
Equitas Health will continue to work with policymakers at the state, local, and federal level and with our partners like Equality Ohio and the Ohio Business Competes coalition to ensure that Ohio is a more equitable place for everyone who calls this great state home.