COLUMBUS – State Rep. Michele Grim (D-Toledo) today recognizes Pride Month and Ohio’s vibrant and diverse LGBTQ+ community:
“I wish all Ohioans a happy, safe, and celebratory Pride Month. Our great state is strengthened by the diversity of the people who call it home. Throughout Pride Month, we should all reflect on the progress we have made here in Ohio and across the nation over the past decade. Let us remember that it was an Ohioan who led the charge to secure marriage equality in 2015’s landmark Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court case,” said Rep. Grim.
Anti-trans legislation such as the Anti-Trans Sports Ban (House Bill 6), Ban on Gender Affirming Care (House Bill 68), and the Trans Bathroom Discrimination Act (House Bill 183) have been introduced in Ohio. These bills would destroy Ohioans’ civil rights and set our state backwards, jeopardizing the work activists, citizens, and leaders have done to make Ohio a welcoming and safe state for all.
“Over the past few months, we have seen the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people under constant attack across the nation. Here in Ohio, extremist legislation directly threatens the rights of Ohio’s transgender community. No child or person should be denied the right to healthcare, the opportunity to play sports with their friends, or access to a bathroom for being who they are. I will continue my work in the Statehouse to push back against these discriminatory bills, which rely heavily on misinformation and fear mongering. In the past month, my office has received thousands of emails expressing opposition to these bills. So, to LGBTQ+ Ohioans, and specifically to the transgender community: The people of Ohio stand with you,” said Rep. Grim.