On October 18, 2023 Stonewall Columbus Board President, Ron Murray, served as guest moderator for the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s forum “Facing Hate, Finding Hope: America’s LGBTQ+ Community Under Attack”.
“Lynn Greer Legacy in Civic Engagement Fund Celebrating Inclusion & Equity for the LGBTQ+ Community
The lives of LGBTQ+ Americans are under greater threat in 2023 than at any point in the country’s recent past. This summer, the Human Rights Campaign declared a “state of emergency” for LGBTQ+ people in America. The rights of parents to make gender-confirming decisions for their children, of drag artists to perform and for venues to host drag performances, and bans on school employees from discussing gender and sexuality with students are under currently attack through proposed legislation.
Simultaneously, the flames of anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment are being fanned by calls for violence by far-right hate groups. Some Ohio lawmakers are also going on the offensive against their constituents, recently introducing HB 245, which could charge drag performers with a felony if a juvenile is in attendance of a drag performance or the performance is considered “obscene”.
How can anti-LGBTQ+ legislation co-exist with U.S. constitutional rights? Could passage of a Federal Equality Act explicitly prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ+ people serve to protect lives and rights of the LGBTQ+ community?”
Featuring Khris Goins, President/Founder, Black Transmen of Ohio, J. Bennett Guess, Executive Director, ACLU of Ohio, Amanda Erickson, Director of Education & Outreach, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Inc., and Chris Equizi, a.k.a. Virginia West, Show Director, District West, with host Ronald Murray, Associate Director of Health Advocacy, Equitas Health.