COLUMBUS – State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) calls today’s shameful passage of the Don’t Say Gay Bill (House Bill 8) and the Bully Trans Kids Act (HB 68), in the middle of Pride Month, an act of state-sponsored bullying and bigotry, as well as a direct attack on the freedoms of countless LGBTQ+ children, adults and families.
“I simply cannot understand the cruelty. Ohio’s LGBTQ+ youth are just trying to live their best lives with the help of loving parents and qualified physicians. The Ohio General Assembly should be passing legislation which helps Ohio’s children instead of obsessing over the gender and sexuality of children,” said Rep. Galonski. “It is particularly despicable for this body to be passing these attacks during Pride Month. We should be taking this time to celebrate and uplift LGBTQ+ Ohioans, not bully and oppress them.”
According to a non-profit group which focuses on suicide prevention for LGTBQ+ youth, The Trevor Project, LGBTQ+ Ohioans face higher rates of violence, suicide and mental health issues simply because of who they are.
Republican-sponsored anti-LGBTQ+ legislation further stigmatizes a vulnerable group of children and destroys Ohioans’ civil rights. These bills jeopardize Ohio’s reputation as a welcoming and safe state for all and our ability to attract and retain workforce talent.
House Democrats continue to put people first and stand with the LGBTQ+ community this Pride Month, and every month. House Democrats will continue to fight for legislation such as the Ohio Fairness Act, the Anti-Bullying Act, and the Anti-Conversion Therapy Act which protects civil rights and recognizes LGBTQ+ individuals as vital members of our communities.