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News from within the borders of Ohio and the fight for LGBT equality there. Learn more about past and present obstacles toward achieving equality in Ohio, including hate crimes law, transgender rights, adoption, and other rights denied to same-sex couples and LGBT people. Learn about individuals--activists, politicians, and allies--who have helped us make strides toward equality. We also cover the campaigns of groups opposed to marriage equality and explore how gay marriage is covered in mainstream media. We stay on top of developments so that you can stay informed about this issue.

A Few Minutes With LGBTQ+ Ally and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown

He’s supported our community for decades, he's the only Democratic statewide official left in Ohio, and he's happy about the state having the first drag queen food truck.

Ohio Rejects Transgender Sports Ban

The Ohio House nixed a new version of the bill after the Senate OK'd it, meaning it most likely won't pass this year.

'Jeopardy!' Champ Amy Schneider Testifies Against Ohio Anti-Trans Bill

Schneider returned to her native state to speak out against legislation that would ban gender-affirming health care for minors.

LGBTQ+ Rights Icon Jim Obergefell Loses Election

The marriage equality activist came up short in his bid to get elected to Ohio's legislature.

GOP Senate Hopeful Says Dems Want to Turn Immigrants Transgender

Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance, the author of Hillbilly Elegy, says that Democrats are bringing "illegal immigrants" to the U.S. to turn them trans.

Medical Associations Request Probe Into Gender-Affirming Care Threats

After far-right online influencers aimed their thinly veiled bigotry at hospitals across the country, trolls directed attacks at those facilities.

Trans Girl Elected Homecoming Princess as 'Joke' Takes a Proud Stand

Cassie Steiner decided to use the title to promote acceptance, and her Ohio community responded with support.

WWII Vet, LGBTQ+ Activist Rupert 'Twink' Starr Turns 100 in Style

The decorated veteran and "don't ask, don't tell" activist described the centennial birthday celebration as "overwhelming" and fun.

Attacks on the LGBTQ+ Community Amount to Stochastic Terrorism

Juliette Kayyem, one of the world's foremost experts in terrorism, says rhetoric from agitators online has inspired predictable acts of violence.

Marriage Equality Bill Could Pass Senate Despite Some GOP Opposition

Republican senators mostly balked at the House-passed bill that would codify marriage equality into federal law, but a narrow path to overcome a filibuster seems to exist.

Genital Exams Could Be Required Under Ohio Anti-Trans Sports Bill

What's more, the legislation is being promoted as a "women's rights" measure by lawmakers with terrible records on women's rights.

Ohio High School Graduation Speaker Condemns Same-Sex Relationships

The speech has been criticized by the high school's administration and the Marion County community.

Ohio Univ. to Pay $400k to Professor Who Refused Student's Pronouns

Shawnee University called the settlement an "economic decision."

Ohio GOPers Introduce a 'Don't Say Gay' Bill, Flee From Questions

It's similar to the Florida legislation but goes into more depth on some topics.

Gay Ohio Teacher Fired After Explaining Pride Bracelet to Students

"If a kid has questions, if a kid wants honesty, I don't think I should be forbidden from providing that," the teacher said.

How Drag Queen Ms. Demure's Love of Community Has Helped Queer Dayton

This Ohio-based drag artist has made a name for herself -- and space for queer audiences -- with her 20-plus year variety show.

Jim Obergefell, Marriage Equality Plaintiff, Runs for Ohio House

"I don't mind being the underdog, and I'm not afraid to take on any issue when it's the right thing to do," Obergefell says in a Twitter video.

Election Day Produces LGBTQ+ Firsts Around the Nation

Tuesday saw the election of Detroit's first queer female City Council member, the reelection of trans woman Andrea Jenkins in Minneapolis, and other notable victories.