May 22nd: #LGBTQ Ohio residents testify before the Ohio Senate in support of ‘Ohio Fairness Act.’
Ohioans present their experiences of discrimination in the LGBTQ community to the Ohio Senate’s Judiciary Committee in Columbus as they advocate for the “Ohio Fairness Act,” an anti-discriminatory policy providing LGBTQ protections in housing, employment and other public institutions. The bill has been introduced seven times in the past 11 years.
June 11th: FX’s Pose premiers second season
Angel finds her wings and Elektra is regaining her stride in the second season of the Golden Globe-nominated show that made Billy Porter the first openly gay African American actor to be nominated for an Emmy as the lead actor in a drama.
June 13th: Botswana legalizes same-sex sexual acts
University of Botswana student Letsweletse Motshidiemang led a case to decriminalize the law banning same-sex acts. The law was ruled discriminatory by the Botswana High Court, and the decision was celebrated within the Botswana Democratic Party.
June 28th: NYC commemorates 50th anniversary of Stonewall riots
New York City’s Pride community honored the 50-year mark of the revolutionary Stonewall riots with over 50 events in the month of June. The event’s finale? 5 million people marching through Manhattan for the pride parade.
July 9th: Medina County passes anti-discriminatory policy
Medina City Council passed an anti-discrimination policy for LGBTQ protections against intolerance in housing, employment and public accommodations due to gender identity or sexual orientation by a vote of 5-2.
July 20th: Valkyrie becomes the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first LGBTQ character:
Tessa Thompson sparked excitement at San Diego Comic-Con after stating: “As a new king, (Valkyrie) needs to find her queen.” Fans were quick to question if Valkyrie, in “Thor: Love and Thunder,” would become the long-awaited LGBTQ representation in the MCU– a question confirmed by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.
July 21st: Russian LGBTQ activist is killed, appeared targeted on hit list:
July 27th: Akron Children’s Hospital opens Center for Gender Affirming Medicine:
The new youth center offers LGBTQ youth mental health care, wellness checks and education, , and it also provides support programs for families. It is staffed by two physicians, an endocrinologist, a social worker and a therapist. The center is located at 215 W. Bowery Street in the Considine Professional Building
August 8th: FBI thwart anti-LBGTQ attack in Las Vegas
Conor Climo was arrested after being caught allegedly planning a bombing attack targeted at Jewish and LGBTQ people. Climo, who was connected to white supremacist groups, faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
August 10th: LGBTQ history to be taught in Illinois high schools:
Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed House Bill 246, which mandates that history lessons include accurate history of African, Hispanic, Asian, Italian, Polish, Irish and LGBTQ Americans. Illinois is now the fourth state to mandate this curriculum change, following California, Colorado and New Jersey.
August 23: Akron Pride Festival succeeds with flying colors:
20,000 people gathered in Hardesty Park all day for the third annual Akron Pride Festival. Some highlights included drag queen Cherry Veneer being crowned queen of Akron Pride Festival and singers Steve Grand and Deborah Cox performing live.