Equality recently took a huge step forward right smack in the center of Ohio as Worthington became the 24th locality in the state to pass comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that are inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Optimism and persistence. Those were the two words that I contemplated as I walked to the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday morning. For General Assembly after General Assembly, Representative, and now Senator, Nickie Antonio has introduced legislation to protect LGBTQ+ persons from discrimination in the State of Ohio.

Pam Rocker has big plans for the country. With her “One Human Race 2020” campaign, the Cincinnati native and democratic presidential candidate wants to unite a divided U.S. and create a booming economy. Her plans include ensuring access to transportation with a free car for each household (dubbed a “Freedom Car”), and a lessening of the national debt with funds raised from the legalization of marijuana. If elected, Rocker will make history: becoming the first trans woman of color President.

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, hailed the historic passage of the Equality Act by the U.S. House of Representatives, the first time a chamber of Congress has approved a comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights bill.

Though conversion therapy has been thoroughly discredited by the American Medical Association as both ineffective and legitimately harmful, the practice has only been banned in 16 US states. Ohio is seeking to join the list as State Senator Tina Maharath has introduced language to outlaw conversion therapy.