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Protesters rally at the Texas State Capitol on May 4, 2021 in Austin to stop proposed medical care ban legislation that would criminalize gender-affirming care.

Nearly half of LGBTQ youth seriously considered suicide, survey finds

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Nearly half of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, according to a survey from the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project, an organization that provides crisis support for LGBTQ youth, published its annual survey this week. The survey found rising rates of suicidal thoughts, as well as significant… Read More

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Pastors, Religious Groups Speak To Ohio Fairness Act

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WOUB Digital · Ohio Capital Journal Reporter Susan Tebben Reports On The Ohio Fairness Act COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ohio Capital Journal) — Religious leaders across the state had their turn to speak on the Ohio Fairness Act, though many spoke on issues that were taken out of the bill as soon as the committee hearing began…. Read More

Athens Pride Rally Addresses Queer Justice, Racial Justice And Immigration

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — “Stop killing us. Stop killing Black folks. Stop killing Brown folks. Stop killing Queer folks. Stop killing Trans folks. It’s simple, yet people have a hard time understanding that. Stop killing us, period,” were the opening remarks to crowd by delfin bautista, a long know activist and one of the rally… Read More

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Join Kazma Knights and The Uncorked Dolls for a Dragmas extravaganza! Featuring special guests Kari O’Knife and current reigning Miss Athens Uncorked, Kar Kar O’Daniels. Come for a night of giving and FUN! This will be our third annual toy drive for Athens Children’s Services. Bring a new children’s toy for $1 off at the… Read More

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Lawmakers Introduce Bill Prohibiting LGBTQ Discrimination

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio lawmakers have introduced a bill to forbid employment and housing discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community. The latest iteration of the Ohio Fairness Act was introduced by Democratic Rep. Michael Skindell and Republican Rep. Brett Hillyer on Wednesday. The Columbus Dispatch reports the bill’s unveiling comes about two weeks after a… Read More

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Craft Beer, Drag Queens Used to Boost Ohio LGBTQ Turnout

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A nonpartisan coalition seeking to boost turnout among Ohio’s LGBTQ voters in 2020 is launching a campaign that pairs voter registration with drag queens and craft beer. Craft the Vote kicks off Thursday at Land-Grant Brewing Company. Similar events will follow at craft breweries around the state. Organizer Brad Henry said… Read More

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Why Ohio House Leader Dropped Protection For LGBTQ Employees

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The leader of minority Democrats in the Ohio House says when the new human resources handbook came out last month, it was missing the clause that provided job protection for LGBTQ employees. She wanted to know why that clause, which was in previous handbooks, had been removed. Democratic Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) says the… Read More

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W.Va. Lawsuit: School Official Harassed Trans Teen in Bathroom

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a West Virginia transgender male who said an assistant principal harassed him when he tried to use the boys’ bathroom, the latest in a string of court challenges to school policies for transgender students nationwide. The lawsuit filed in state court accuses the… Read More

Catholic School Sues Ohio City Over LGBTQ Protections

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The Lyceum, a Catholic college preparatory school, is suing the city of South Euclid for its anti-discrimination laws protecting LGBTQ people. The school’s attorney says, making sexual orientation and gender identity protected classes, threatens The Lyceum’s religious freedom. Christiana Holcomb with the Alliance Defending Freedom represents The Lyceum. She says the law counters some of the school’s… Read More