Mastercard to allow transgender people to use chosen name

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NEW YORK (AP) | Mastercard will allow transgender people to use their chosen names on credit and debit cards in an effort to combat discrimination at the cash register.

That means that the name on the credit card owned by a transgender person could be different than that found on their birth certificate or driver’s license.

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Public pressure prompts Ohio library to cancel LGBTQ event

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NEWARK, Ohio (AP) | Public opposition that included Ohio’s Republican House speaker has prompted a county library outside Columbus to cancel an LGBTQ program for teens.

The Newark Advocate reports the Friday event at the Licking County Library in Newark was scheduled ahead of the city’s Pride festival next weekend. It was supposed to feature a tutorial on drag queen makeup, crafts, games and a safe sex program.

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Ruling denying transgender teen legal name change overturned

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LEBANON, Ohio (AP) | An Ohio appeals court has overturned a judge’s decision that denied a transgender 15-year-old a legal name change.

The 12th District Court of Appeals ruled recently that Warren County Probate Judge Joseph Kirby’s decision “was arbitrary, unreasonable, unconscionable and based solely upon the transgender status of the applicant’s child.”

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Ohio’s new GOP guv signs order against anti-LGBT discrimination

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Newly sworn-in Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, signed on Jan. 14 during his first day in office an executive order barring anti-LGBT discrimination in state employment.

The directive, Executive Order 2019-05D, is one of six executive orders DeWine signed upon taking office and bars discrimination based on numerous characteristics, including race, color, religion, gender, national origin, military status, disability, age and genetic information.

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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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09.20.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

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Thanks to the wonders of Facebook’s “On This Day,” a feature which allows users to grin or grimace at their social media posts from yesteryear, I recently discovered I’ve been living in Florida for 11 years.

For whatever reason, I still tell folks I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio when they ask. They tend to figure out that I’m from the North when I correctly describe Diet Coke as “pop,” but I suppose I should really start telling my Lyft drivers that I’m from St. Pete. I put too much thought into small talk, which is probably why I’m so bad at it.

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Ohio capital once again site of Gay Softball World Series

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) | Ohio’s capital city is once again hosting the Gay Softball World Series, dubbed the world’s largest LGBT single sport, week-long athletic competition.

The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance on Sunday announced that Columbus will host the 2020 series in August of that year.

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Judge sued over refusal to OK transgender teens’ new names

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CLEVELAND (AP) | An attorney for the mothers of three transgender teens in Ohio said in a federal lawsuit filed Friday that a county judge has shown a disturbing pattern and practice of not allowing transgender children to legally change their names, refusals that can prove harmful and violates their constitutional right to equal protection.

The lawsuit names Joseph Kirby, the Probate and Juvenile Court judge in Warren County near Cincinnati. Kirby’s bailiff said Friday the judge was out of town and unavailable for comment.

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Ohio man executed for 1985 ‘gay panic’ murder

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LUCASVILLE, Ohio (AP) | The state of Ohio put a condemned killer to death on July 18 for a more than three-decade-old fatal stabbing in what was the state’s first execution in several months.

Robert Van Hook was sentenced to death for strangling and stabbing David Self after picking him up in a Cincinnati bar in 1985. Van Hook, 58, had no remaining appeals, and Republican Gov. John Kasich rejected his request for clemency without comment.

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Ohio county refusing to light up courthouse for Pride parade

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NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — Two Central Ohio city council members are at odds with county commissioners over their decision to not allow the county courthouse to be lit with rainbow colors during a gay pride festival.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Councilmen Jeremy Blake and Sean Fennell sought to have the Licking County Courthouse illuminated during the Newark’s inaugural pride event in June. Licking County commissioners rebuffed the request and said their policy is to allow special lighting only on designated days.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Tampa Bay: Aaron Drake

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Age: 31

Hometown: Tipp City, Ohio

How you identify: Gay

What’s your sign: Leo

It’s Aaron’s quest for adventure that led him to graduate high school early and leave his hometown behind to study abroad in college.

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Anti-LGBTQ Christian group buys shuttered gay bar building

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A Christian group that considers homosexuality to be immoral has bought a building that until late last year housed one of Ohio’s oldest gay bars.

The Blade reports property records show the Bretz Nightclub building in Toledo was bought last month for $148,000.

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