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University Policies & State Laws

University Policies that pertain to sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity expression:

Unfortunately, LGBT people in the state of Ohio face legal challenges and discrimination not experienced by non-LGBT residents. It is legal in Ohio to be fired from your job, denied an apartment, or refused service at a business because of your sexual orientation or gender identity.

There are no statewide legal protections against discrimination in the workplace, except within governmental employment.

The state does not allow persons born in the state to amend the sex information on their birth certificates following sex reassignment surgery.

While there is no legal recognition of relationships statewide, domestic partnerships are recognized in certain cities such as Cleveland Heights, Cleveland, Toledo, Athens, Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Yellow Springs, Oberlin, and Cuyahoga County.