Rep. Antonio Comments On President Trump's Proposed Transgender Ban In The Military
Lawmaker says the President's twitter announcement last week divides LGBT advocates, US conservative leaders

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) issued the following statement today in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement last week to reinstate a ban on transgender Americans from serving in the U.S. military:

“This measure by the President is incredibly disappointing to say the least. It is important to note that discrimination anywhere negatively effects democracy everywhere. His proposal is not about money, as he stated in his tweet. It is about discrimination at the very core and completely disrespectful to the brave transgender men and women fighting every day for our country. Once again, the President works to distract people from scrutinizing his actions and accountability.” 

Many transgender veterans have spoken out against President Trump’s proposed ban. Kristin Beck, a Navy SEAL for more than 20 years with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, said, “I'm a human being. I deserve dignity and respect. I am an American. I deserve freedom and a life of happiness and liberty”. Carol Lewis, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, said, “All around the world, right now, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines are defending this country and they are wondering when their country is going to stand and defend them.”

Rep. Antonio will continue to fight for the equality of all LGBTQ Ohioans as well as monitor this proposed ban by the Trump Administration.

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Antonio Responds To Latest Ohio Opioid Crisis Report


The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.