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.

Equality Ohio will host two legal clinics this week for LGBTQ people who might qualify under a new state law to have their criminal records sealed. A new law that went into effect in October 2018 that expands the number and type of convictions that people can have expunged, or erased. It allows people to seek their records cleared of an unlimited number of misdemeanors and up to five lower-level, nonviolent and nonsexual felony convictions.