gay rights

Have A Gay Day, Inc.

A Dayton non-profit has launched a billboard campaign highlighting issues like LGBT homelessness and suicide.

The group, Have A Gay Day, Inc., says they have put up 13 billboard ads south of Dayton that feature slogans like “Hate is Not Holy” and “Adoption Should be Based on What’s in Your Heart.”

Founder and Executive Director Michael Knote says the ads are a simple way to bring up LGBT issues that don’t always get talked about.   

Dayton Community Blood/Tissue Services

The Dayton Community Blood Center says it supports removing a lifetime ban on gay men donating blood. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering the change.

Dayton CBC and blood centers across the country have been calling for a removal of the lifetime ban for years, says CEO Dr. David Smith.

“At the time that was established their were reasons for it—because we did not have good blood testing systems or blood tests to be able to detect those things that you're concerned about, at the time it was HIV,” he said.

The Human Rights Campaign marches at Columbus gay pride in 2007.
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A new survey says Ohio schools are still unsafe for a majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. The biennial National School Climate Survey conducted by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) finds just 4 percent of Ohio students say their schools have a policy protecting them from bullying or harassment based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

 Kevin Mabrey with GLSEN Greater Dayton says Ohio hasn’t improved much in the last two years.

Several Dayton-area small business owners are proclaiming their support for gay marriage in Ohio. In a press conference later this morning, the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio will present a list of businesses who have signed on, which include Fifth St. Brew Pub, Ghostlight Coffee, Borrowed Vintage, Omega Music, Sherwood Florist, Wheat Penny Oven and Bar, and C. Marie’s Photography.  

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The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday that bans workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) joined a handful of Republicans in the Senate to support the measure.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, would prohibit employers from hiring, firing or promotion practices based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Portman joined the Democratic majority to back the bill, but only after his amendment was added that exempted religious employers from ENDA.

With the Supreme Court’s affirmation that the federal government cannot discriminate against married couples of the same sex, a key provision of The Defense of Marriage Act, those couples residing in Ohio should now be eligible for the same federal benefits and programs available to heterosexual married couples - tax breaks, pension rights and other benefits.

Public Domain

On Thursday, May 23, 2013, the Boy Scouts of America National Council voted to ease a long-standing ban and allow openly gay boys to be accepted as scouts. But, as WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports, not all of the controversial issue was settled.

About 1,400 voting members of nation's leading youth organization, cast their ballots at an annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. More than 60 percent of those voting supported the proposal to life the ban.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for March 4, 2012 containing the following stories:

-Wayne Baker interviews Springfield City Commissioner, Karen Duncan about Springfield's proposed amendment to the City's anti-discrimination code to include gay municipal workers.

-This week's installment of PoliticsOhio: Former GOP Chairman Says This Primary Like No Other, by Ellen Belcher

After nearly a year of discussion, the Springfield City Commissioners will vote Tuesday evening on legislation that would add sexual orientation to the city's non-discrimination code.

A group called Equality Springfield approached city commissioners last April asking them to draft legislation that would make it a crime to discriminate against gay city workers.