Cleveland has repealed by an unanimous vote its ordinance designed to stop transgender & gender non-conforming people from using the restrooms associated with their gender identity just in time for the Republican National Convention that takes place in the city next week. Kathleen Campisano, National LGBTQ Task Force Organizing Manager stated, “Our partners at Equality Ohio & Cleveland is Ready have done an outstanding job in delivering this victory today for Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Clevelanders. For our part, at the request of Equality Ohio, the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund worked side-by-side with Cleveland is Ready to collaborate with communities, organizations & people of faith in Ohio beginning in early 2014 to develop a grassroots campaign — a campaign led by trans & people of color volunteers. In the first six months, we stayed on the ground in Cleveland, talking face-to-face with ordinary people at bus stops, in public parks, at coffee shops & in small businesses. These conversations opened hearts & minds to the possibility of lived freedom, justice & equality — which can sometimes be as simple as a person being able to use a restroom.” This advancement for our LGBT community comes after Massachusetts became the 18th state last week to pass into law “An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination” which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public places. So now in Cleveland if Caitlyn Jenner attends the GOP Convention next week to support Trump she can use the ladies room & watch the Republicans approve their anticipated strongly anti LGBTQ platform.
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