FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2011
Tom Morgan, State Lead Organizer, GetEQUAL Ohio
Phone: 614-736-0757, Email: email@example.com
GetEQUAL Marching on Ohio Statehouse for Equal Housing & Employment Act Tomorrow
Demonstration Scheduled Ahead of Hearings to Educate Ohioans on the State’s Unjust Discrimination Laws
COLUMBUS, OH – GetEQUAL Ohio – a chapter of the national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization GetEQUAL – will hold a demonstration tomorrow, Aug. 26 in Columbus to educate Ohioans about the fact that, in the Buckeye State, it is still legal for a person to be fired and refused housing simply for being LGBT.
Drawing special attention to the Equal Housing & Employment Act (EHEA) – a bill that circulated Ohio’s legislature over the past two years without passage – GetEQUAL Ohio will alert the residents of Columbus of the housing and employment injustices happening not only in the state, but across the nation.
EHEA, although passing in the House and Senate in 2009, was tossed at the end of the legislative session because it was never assigned to a committee, but the Ohio legislature recently announced its reintroduction when the state legislature returns to session this fall. GetEQUAL Ohio, in partnership with other local LGBT equal rights organizations, plans to draw an unprecedented amount of attention to the need for the passage of this bill and the discrimination it would address.
The protest, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in downtown Columbus on Broad Street between Third and High Streets, invites advocates for the bill to line the block of Broad Street (on the north side of the Statehouse) with signs to educate the public on EHEA.
Ohio is one of 29 states in the union where it is legal for gay, lesbian, and bisexual citizens to be fired or denied housing simply for identifying as, or suspected of being, gay. Ohio is also one of 37 states where it is completely legal to fire someone for being transgender. The battle for non-discrimination laws is being fought across the country at both the state and federal levels, as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act– which has been before the U.S. Congress for 40 years – has still not passed.
Organizations or individuals interested in joining or sponsoring the protest should contact Tom Morgan, GetEQUAL Ohio’s Lead Organizer, at 614-736-0757 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Find GetEQUAL Ohio on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GetEQUALOH.
GetEQUAL Ohio is the Ohio state chapter of GetEQUAL, an organization founded in March 2010 with the mission to empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and allies to take bold action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way. Visit www.getequal.org for more information.