The Impact of Stigma and Discrimination Against LGBT People in Ohio

By Christy Mallory, Taylor N.T. Brown, and Brad Sears

Ohio’s legal landscape and social climate put the state’s 389,000 LGBT adults and 72,000 LGBT youth at risk of discrimination and harassment. Statewide statutes in Ohio do not explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in areas such as employment, housing, and public accommodations. In addition, state laws fail to adequately protect LGBT students from bullying and harassment.

This study provides data and research documenting the prevalence of several forms of stigma and discrimination against LGBT adults and youth in Ohio. Researchers estimate that anti-LGBT stigma and discrimination negatively impact the state economy by tens of millions of dollars each year.

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