Youngstown Passes LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections

Youngstown, Ohio, 1910s. Central Square and Viaduct, looking south. Scanned by ~~~ from undated postcard mailed in 1919. US public domain.

Youngstown recently became the 16th city in Ohio to pass protections against in housing, employment and public accommodations on basis of sexuality and gender identity.

Ohio does not have a statewide nondiscrimination law protecting .

On December 21, the city passed laws making it illegal to discriminate against people on the basis of their sexuality or gender identity, making it the latest city in Ohio to do so.

The laws passed unanimously at Youngstown’s City Council meeting.

“Youngstown City Council’s decision to unanimously support this legislation is proof that our city welcomes everyone to be a part of our expanding community,” Mayor John McNally told Equality Ohio.

Anita Davis, councilwoman for the sixth ward, is the first openly gay person elected to office in the county and has been working on extending nondiscrimination protections for employees since the summer.

She sees the passage of the laws as a hopeful step forward for the city.

“It’s a wonderful step forward. But let no one forget – the struggle continues,” Davis said.

Per the Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, other Ohio cities that offer full protection of individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity are Athens, Bexley, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Columbus, Coshocton, Dayton, East Cleveland, Lakewood, Newark, Oxford, Toledo and Yellow Springs.

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