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The Ohio branch of GetEQUAL is putting together an “educational demonstration” to take place outside the Ohio Statehouse, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, to protest the fact that Ohio is still one of 29 states in the union where gays can be fired or denied housing for being gay (37 if you consider transgenders alone).

The Ohio legislator will be considering the popular Equal Housing and Employment Act (EHEA) when they return to session in the fall. GetEQUAL is hoping this protest will help educate Ohioans and reinvigorate the debate on this very important topic.

The protest is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. t0 5:3o p.m. Friday, August 26 on Broadway Street between Third and High Streets. The group is expecting a large turnout and plan to line that block of Broad Street (which is on the north side of the Statehouse) with protesters.

This is also the same day that’s been deemed the annual GLBT Call Off Work Day by gay rights activists across the nation. A protest that has gays not show up to work to show our presence and impact in the workplace.

For more information visit the protest’s event page on Facebook and the GetEQUAL OH Facebook page.

UPDATE (7/31): Looks like GetEQUAL has started a trend. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus will be hosting a rally at the Statehouse in support of EHEA 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.

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Comments on: "Ohio Queers: GetEQUAL planning protest outside Statehouse Aug. 26" (2)

  1. […] The Williams Institute recently released new data that shows 1 in 3 gay employees are closeted at work. All the more reason to support the demonstrations happening around Equal Housing and Employment Act in Ohio. […]

  2. […] As planned, the local branch of GetEQUAL hosted a protest outside the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus Friday afternoon. A small but mighty group of activists stood along Broad Street downtown with signs that said things like “I can loose my job for being transgender.” It was an effort to educate the city on the inequalities faced by Ohio’s LGBT citizens, in preparation for the Equal Housing and Employment Act, which is set to be discussed in Ohio’s legislature starting next month. […]

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