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Trans Rights Rocks Cleveland City Council


More than 2,500 postcards were delivered to the Cleveland City Council meeting Monday night, urging members to support transgender rights legislation.

"Right now, it's legal to fire someone from a job, throw them out of housing, or even deny them service in a restaurant just because they're transgender," David Caldwell, a spokesman for the LGBT rights group Ask Cleveland, said in a statement.

Each city council member was handed upwards of 350 postcards at the meeting by volunteers, who also spoke with them about supporting the legislation.

Though Ohio does not have a statewide antidiscrimination law protecting citizens on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, cities in the state including Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, and Dayton have adopted local LGBT nondiscrimination laws.

Cleveland's antidiscrimination legislation was initially attached to a domestic-partnership registry law that passed in August 2008. The antidiscrimination attachment has since been stalled.

In September, Cleveland was chosen as the host city of the 2014 Gay Games.

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