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New Stonewall Executive Director AJ Casey Hopes to Mend a Broken Community

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega New Stonewall Executive Director AJ Casey Hopes to Mend a Broken Community

AJ Casey is inheriting a bit of a mess. Come January, she’ll take over Stonewall Columbus as the organization’s newest executive director, succeeding Karla Rothan. Rothan was the Person In Charge for Pride 2017, during which four black trans individuals were arrested after a peaceful protest, and after which the local LGBTQ+ community was left […]

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Four Arrested During Protest at PRIDE Parade

Walker Evans Walker Evans Four Arrested During Protest at PRIDE Parade

Protestors at the annual PRIDE Parade and Festival are not an uncommon sight, and are typically present to showcase anti-LGBTQ sentiment. But one group today took to the street to protest for different reasons, and the event resulted in police intervention and the arrest of four protestors. According to a post published on the International […]

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Some Same-Sex Couples Receiving Overdue Tax Notices by Accident

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Some Same-Sex Couples Receiving Overdue Tax Notices by Accident

Tax season this year started out with late penalties for unpaid taxes for a lot of same-sex couples that filed jointly federally in 2013. People started receiving the letters on the 14th this month from the Department of Taxation, billing them by mistake. “The letter made them feel like they were being accused of fraud,” […]

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Activists Want Nondiscrimination Ordinance in New Albany

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Activists Want Nondiscrimination Ordinance in New Albany

On Tuesday evening, two LGBT activists encouraged New Albany’s City Council to consider an anti-discrimination ordinance in the same vein as legislation recently passed by the Bexley City Council. Omar Faruk, founder of the LGBT organization Wenited, told the Council he knows New Albany to be a welcoming community, but the city would be advised […]

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LGBT Activists, Allies and Families Celebrate Victory

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea LGBT Activists, Allies and Families Celebrate Victory

Just after 10 a.m. Friday morning, the announcement went out to the entire nation; the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage for every state in the Union. It wasn’t surprising then that the Union Café was where gay men and women and their straight allies, young and old, gathered to celebrate the decision. The crowd […]

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Opinion: Accomplishments and Recognition for Marriage Equality, Yet More Work to Do

Michael Premo Michael Premo Opinion: Accomplishments and Recognition for Marriage Equality, Yet More Work to Do

On December 15, Columbus City Council unanimously passed an historic resolution in support of marriage equality. The resolution also honored the work of Why Marriage Matters Ohio and our volunteers across the state for our work in increasing support for the freedom to marry. Why is this a big deal? Because it is the first […]

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Columbus Earns Highest Municipal Equality Score For Second Year

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Earns Highest Municipal Equality Score For Second Year

For two years in a row, Columbus has achieved a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index. The measurement indicates that even though Ohio is now in the minority of states that denies residents of marriage equality, the city government scores highly for inclusive and nondiscriminatory laws and practices. “Columbus […]

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