Free legal clinic for the LGBTQ community in Ohio opens

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CLEVELAND (AP) | Ohio’s first free legal clinics to specifically serve the LGBTQ community have opened.

WEWS-TV reports the clinics in Columbus and the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood were launched by the nonprofit Equality Ohio with grants from the Cleveland Foundation, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Victims of Crime Act.

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Gov. Kasich bars anti-trans discrimination in Ohio state workforce

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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With less than a month remaining in office, Ohio Gov. John Kasich — a prominent critic of President Trump within his own party — signed on Dec. 19  an executive order barring anti-trans discrimination in the state workforce, instituting the first transgender statewide protections in Ohio.

The order, titled Executive Order 2018-12-K, bars discrimination on the basis of numerous protected categories, including sexual orientation and gender identity, revising policy for the first time to bar anti-trans discrimination. The order replaces Executive Order 2011-05K, which barred discrimination in the state workforce on the basis of sexual orientation, but not gender identity.

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