Tue 7/14 @ 7PM
It was very exciting — and unexpected — when, a few weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that people could not be fired on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity under federal law.
But Ohio still doesn’t have its own LGBTQ civil rights law, banning no only employment discrimination but discrimination in housing and accommodations. The legislation, dubbed the Ohio Fairness Act, has been promoted by Lakewood’s Nickie Antonio for years, first as a state representative and currently as a state senator. Two and a half years ago, she brought the conservative Ohio Chamber of Commerce on board: protecting the talents and skills of all Ohioans is good for business. And minds are changing very rapidly on civil rights issues, although probably not as fast as they should in the Ohio legislature.
Join the Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus and Cleveland Stonewall Democrats — online of course — for a forum on “Why We Need the Ohio Fairness Act.” Antonio will be one of the featured guests as the bill’s sponsor in the senate; she’ll be joined by Lakewood state representative Mike Skindell who is sponsoring the bill in the house, as well as Justin Gould, president of the LGBTQ Community Center of Greater Cleveland. All fair-minded people are welcome to learn more and hear what they can do to help promote the legislation.
Go here to join the Zoom meeting.