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Full Equality Ordered In Ohio

By Charlotte Robinson, December 21, 2018
Equality Federation reports that Governor John Kasich of Ohio has issued a historic Executive Order taking a significant step in ensuring that all Ohioans including LGBTQ Ohioans are protected from discrimination in state employment. This Executive Order explicitly prohibits discrimination in state employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression & other protected bases such as race, color, religion, age & disability. Fran Hutchins, Deputy Director of Equality Federation stated, “Governor Kasich has shown the nation that fairness & equality is not a partisan issue, it’s an American value. All of us should be able to go to work and provide for ourselves & our families without fear of discrimination. I hope other governors follow suit. Despite the divisive rhetoric coming from the President, the movement for LGBTQ equality is strong & has broad support in our everyday communities.” Alana Jochum, Executive Director, Equality Ohio added, “Equality Ohio has been sending the Governor letters with stories from LGBTQ Ohioans about their experiences with discrimination throughout the year & finding opportunities to grow his familiarity with transgender people and their lives. He heard this call & we are grateful for Governor Kasich’s leadership in extending nondiscrimination protections for transgender state employees.” James Knapp, Executive Director of TransOhio, concluded, “This is truly an important and historic day not just for the transgender community but for the entire state. Today, our Governor stood up & said that workplace discrimination will not be tolerated in Ohio. We are proud to have been a part of this work & we’re thrilled that state employees will be able to enter 2019 as their authentic selves without fear of unlawful termination.”
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