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Bills LOVEboldly is Following

Ohio House Bill (HB) 8

LOVEboldly's Stance - OPPOSED

HB8 is a school censorship bill like the "don't say gay/don't say Trans" bills proposed and enacted in other states. However, HB8 goes further and involves a vague, poorly defined process by which items can be removed from schools. HB8 would also force teachers, administrators, and school counselors to disclose to parents the gender identity and sexual orientation of students even if the student has asked that their parents not be told.  

For more information and ways to take action, click here.

The Saving Adolescents from Experimentation Act (formerly known as HB68)

LOVEboldly's Stance - OPPOSED

HB68 is a substitute bill replacing the original HB68 and HB6. It was passed by the Ohio General Assembly; vetoed by Governor DeWine; and subsequently had its veto overrode. HB68 is set to take effect on April 24, 2024. Should that happen, tt would ban gender-affirming care for Transgender youth and restrict Trans girls/young women from participating on female teams in K-12 and collegiate athletics.

HB68 was combined with HB6 (ban on transgender athletes in women's sports). The new substitute bill was designated HB68 and passed the House on June 21, 2023. HB68 was passed by the Senate on December 13, 2023, with the House concurring to the Senate's changes the same day. Governor DeWine vetoed HB68 on December 29, 2023. On January 10, 2024, the House voted to override Governor DeWine's veto. The Senate concurred with the House on January 24, 2024, overriding Governor DeWine's veto. HB68 is now set to go into effect on April 23, 2024.

On March 26, 2024, the ACLU of Ohio, in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union and global law firm Goodwin, filed suit against the State of Ohio, questioning the constitutionality of HB68.   

A temporary restraining order baring the implementation of the bill is in effect until July 15, 2024, when a hearing will be held.

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HB183

LOVEboldly's Stance - OPPOSED

HB183 would restrict access to bathrooms, locker rooms, and other typically gendered spaces (including accommodations on overnight trips) for students, faculty, and staff in K-12 and higher education. The bill requires people to use the facility corresponding to the sex listed on their original birth certificate. It provides no clear plan for enforcement.

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HB245

LOVEboldly's Stance - OPPOSED

HB245 would characterize all drag performances as "adult entertainment" and require that they only occur in "adult cabarets" where no one under the age of 18 could attend. However, the bill is so poorly written that it could be applied to any Trans+ person in general, whether performing in any capacity or simply walking down the street. HB245 is eerily similar to past laws which required women and transmen to always wear at least three pieces of "female" clothing at all times. 

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HB445

LOVEboldly's Stance - MIXED

HB445 would change only one word of Ohio law from "may" to "shall," but this change would require every public school district in Ohio to adopt a religious release policy.

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HB467

LOVEboldly's Stance - SUPPORT

HB467 seeks to add an exemption for Transgender candidates to an Ohio election requirement for candidates for elected office to list any former names. There is already an exemption for people who have changed their names due to marriage or divorce.

 

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HB471

LOVEboldly's Stance - OPPOSED

HB471 seeks to allow candidates of any party to challenge any candidate regarding their former names. Currently, candidates can only challenge candidates of their own party. 

HB471 is seen as a response to HB467.

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LOVEboldly follows bills introduced in and processing through the Ohio General Assembly which involve the LGBTQIA+ community and religious issues broadly. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to follow all the bills we might like or which may be important to people in our community. We encourage people to visit the pages maintained by some of our strategic partners including:

Please remember that as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, LOVEboldly does not engage in lobbying and partisan politics. We choose to engage in issue-based advocacy and present our opinions here as well as links to other sources. We encourage each person to be knowledgable about bills in the Ohio General Assembly and hope that these pages will assist in that process.

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