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posted Aug 25, 2011, 2:51 PM by Michael Chanak

in this issue:

1. EHEA Rally and Lobby Day
2. Volunteer Nights@Equality Ohio

3. Equality Ohio and New Leaf Columbus Barbecue

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1.  EHEA Rally, Press Conference, and Lobby Day - Please join Equality Ohio on September 27 at 1:30pm for a Rally, Press Conference, and Lobby Day at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus to support the Equal Housing and Employment Act (EHEA).  Your representatives and the people of Ohio need to know that there is broad support for this bill, and your participation is very important!!!

On September 27, Ohio State Representatives Ross McGregor and Nickie Antonio will introduce EHEA in the House.  EHEA prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.   

Why is this important?

Ohioans can be fired because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender;

Ohioans can be denied housing because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender;

Ohioans can be denied access to public accommodations like hotels, movie theaters, and restaurants because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender;


Transgender people are unemployed at a rate TWICE that of the general population; 47% of transgender people report adverse job consequences (not being hired, being fired, or being denied a promotion); and, 19% of transgender people report being refused a home or apartment because of their gender identity;


Discrimination is bad for the economy of Ohio -- qualified and competent employees should not be fired, and Ohio should be able to attract the most talented workers regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity;

More than 75% of Ohioans favor employment and housing equality.


Take the opportunity on September 27 to visit your State Senator and State Representative to ask them to support EHEA.  Equality Ohio will be arranging meetings before and after the Rally.

Help make Ohio a state where everyone feels at home!!

*Rally signs will be provided. However, feel free to make and bring your own.
2. Volunteer Nights@Equality Ohio -We Call It VOL Night - Volunteers On The Lead (VOL)

Every Thursday night (schedule permitting) from 6-9pm, join us at Equality Ohio's office to support our pro-equality efforts.

Tasks include data entry, phone calls, making signs, conducting research, etc. 

For more information contactlee@equalityohio.org.

Pride in August!

Equality Ohio is still looking for volunteers for Youngstown Pride on August 26th and Toledo Pride on August 27th.  Click on the link to volunteer or emaillee@equalityohio.org if you want more information.

3. Equality Ohio and New Leaf Columbus Barbecue - Join us Saturday, September 3rd for a Labor Day barbecue cookout co-hosted by Equality Ohio and New Leaf Columbus!  We are asking a $5 donation to help cover the cost.  Register here.

You have worked hard all year and so have we. So, head on over to Thurber Park to enjoy some good barbecue, fun in the sun, exciting games, music, friendly bonding and all sorts of equality! Feel free to bring along those mega-sweet playlists you’ve been building to share your style with the community.

What: A barbecue cookout with our New Leaf friends! All sorts of food/beverages (non alcoholic) provided; however, "you bring it we'll grill it" works as well!

Where: Thurber Park on Jefferson Ave (right outside the Equality Ohio office)

When: September 3rd (Saturday), 1-5pm

Fun + Games: Spades, Corn Hole, Bid Whist, Croquet, Ladder Ball, and as a special throwback to grade school, a guess-how-much-candy-is-in-the-jar contest. The winner gets all the candy in the jar. Feel free to bring along your favorite yard game as well.

In order to assure we have an adequate quantity of food, we respectfully request that you register by September 1, 2011. If you have any dietary restrictions, please include that information when you registeror contact lee@equalityohio.org.

We moved to a bigger space!

Effective July 28, 2011, our new address is 61 Jefferson Ave., Columbus, OH  43215 (next door to our old address)


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