The Ohio UnFairness Act
The Ohio #UnFairnessAct is the single greatest threat to religious freedom, parental rights, and the privacy and safety of women and children, and comes with a host of negative impacts. Click below to view a downloadable PDF fact sheet.
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Real People. Real Threats.
Read their stories below.
- Safety & Privacy of Women
- Parents’ Rights
- Student Athletics
- Christian School & Ministry Employees
- Christians in the Public Sector
- Safety & Privacy in Public Schools
- Private Christian Employers
The Downtown Hope Shelter in Anchorage, Alaska provides shelter for abused women. In 2018, an inebriated man arrived at the shelter, claimed he “identified” as a woman, and demanded to stay at the shelter.
The City of Anchorage has a Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Law and used the law to open an investigation into the Hope Shelter. Alliance Defending Freedom sued the City of Anchorage in Federal court to defend the right of the Hope Shelter to provide a safe and private space for women.
In 2018, a Hamilton County Judge in Ohio removed a child from her parents’ custody because the teenage girl wanted to “transition” from female to male, and her parents would not consent to highly experimental hormone drug therapy.
The parents had taken the child to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for counseling and therapy, yet it was discovered that the Children’s Hospital was encouraging every child that arrived at the clinic to take high-dose hormones: testosterone for girls who wanted to become boys and estrogen for boys who wanted to become girls.
In 2018, two biological male students won the girl’s 100-meter dash outdoor state championship in Connecticut. Under the state’s Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity law, because these biological boys claimed to identify as girls, on top of sharing the girls’ private locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms, they have won 15 women’s championship titles that were once held by nine different girls.
The Lyceum is a Catholic school in South Euclid, Ohio. Like most Catholic and Christian ministries, the Lyceum has a statement of faith that employees must sign in order to work at the school. The Statement says employees believe and follow the Catholic Church’s religious beliefs, including the Church’s teaching on sexuality – that marriage and sex is only between a man and a woman.
The City of South Euclid passed a Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity law that threatened the Lyceum administration with up to 60 days of jail time for operating their school in line with their Christian beliefs. Between lacking a religious exemption and the vague language, it was impossible for the Lyceum’s administrators to know whether the school’s policies were in violation of the law.
The school made multiple attempts to obtain clarification, but the city twice illegally refused to answer the school’s public records request. And when the school directly asked the city whether its ordinance applies to the Lyceum, the city refused to say. The Lyceum had no choice but to sue the City of South Euclid. Only after facing a preliminary injunction from a federal judge did the City finally respond that the school would not be affected by the new law.
As Atlanta’s Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran was one of the most respected firefighters in the nation. Before coming home to work in Atlanta, Kelvin was chosen by Barack Obama to be the nation’s Fire Administrator.
Kelvin was also active in his church. On his own time, he wrote a Bible study that discussed a Christian worldview, including a Christian perspective on sex and marriage. When the City of Atlanta discovered the Bible study, they launched an investigation into Chief Cochran under the City’s Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity law. Even though the investigation found that Chief Cochran had never discriminated against any employee – including LGBT employees – the City still fired Chief Cochran. After years of litigation, the City eventually had to pay Chief Cochran a $1.2 million settlement.
“Imagine your five-year-old daughter coming home from school and telling you that she was sexually assaulted in the girls’ bathroom. Now imagine going to school officials – the same officials who stand in your shoes as a parent during school hours – and being told that nothing is going to be done about it.
Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to Pascha Thomas. That’s why Alliance Defending Freedom asked the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to launch an investigation into this incident. It agreed to do so on September 21, 2018.”
“For more than 100 years, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes has been ministering to grieving families in Michigan. Currently owned by Tom Rost, this family business has been passed down through four generations. A large part of the family’s legacy is the high level of professionalism and service the team provides to the families and friends of the deceased—it’s what sets Harris Funeral Homes apart. That’s why the organization has always maintained professional codes of dress and conduct. Tom wants to ensure that families can focus on processing their grief rather than on the funeral home and its employees.
In 2007, Tom hired a male funeral director who agreed to and abided by the funeral home’s sex-specific dress code for six years. But in 2013, the director gave Tom a letter informing Tom that that employee now identifies as a woman and would begin dressing and presenting as a woman while interacting with clients. After praying and considering the interests of the funeral director, the other employees, and the grieving families Tom serves, Tom decided that he could not agree to the funeral director’s demand.
That’s when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Harris Funeral Homes.”
Transgender regret is real.
Former transgenders Sydney Wright and Walt Heyer have both publically shared their heart-breaking stories of mental anguish, bodily mutilation, and an all-too-willing, politically-correct medical system doing nothing to help solve their underlying issues.
I can’t wrap my head around all that I’ve done to myself in the last two years, much less the “help” that some health care professionals have done to me.
Two years ago, I was a healthy, beautiful girl heading toward high school graduation. Before long, I turned into an overweight, pre-diabetic nightmare of a transgender man.
I won’t place the full blame on health care providers, because I should have known better. But they sure helped me do a lot of harm to myself—and they made a hefty buck doing it.
My name is Walt Heyer and in April of 1983 I had gender reassignment surgery. At first I was giddy for the fresh start. But hormones and sex change genital surgery couldn’t solve the underlying issues driving my gender dysphoria.
I detransitioned more than 25 years ago. I learned the truth: Hormones and surgery may alter appearances, but nothing changes the immutable fact of your sex.
I met a wonderful woman who didn’t care about the changes to my body, and we’ve been married for over 20 years. Now we help others whose lives have been derailed by sex change.
Additional Resources on Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Issues
LGBT+ Bills are Profoundly Intolerant and Deceptively Named | Read
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Vice President of U.S. Legal Division Kristen Waggoner regarding the reintroduction Wednesday of the deceptively named “Equality Act” in the U.S. Congress—legislation that would be used to set back protections for women in the locker room and on the playing field by decades, as well as inhibit the ability of Americans to live consistently with their beliefs:
“Our laws should respect the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of every citizen, but the so-called ‘Equality Act’ fails to meet this basic standard. It would undermine women’s equality and force women and girls to share private, intimate spaces with men who identify as female, in addition to denying women fair competition in sports. Like similar state and local laws, it would force Americans to participate in events and speak messages that violate their core beliefs. But disagreement on important matters such as marriage and human sexuality is not discrimination. This bill—and similar proposals such as ‘Fairness for All’—undermine human dignity by threatening the fundamental freedoms of speech, religion, and conscience that the First Amendment guarantees for every citizen. Americans simply deserve better than the profound inequality proposed by this intolerant, deceptively titled legislation.”
What is Gender Fluidity? Is Gender Fixed? | Watch
What is gender fluidity? Biological gender is a topic that is heavily debated. People say that gender isn’t fixed, people say that gender expression isn’t a choice, but others say that gender is fixed. In this video we will help to give answers to gender identity and provide answers to the question about gender fluidity and fixed gender. Join Joseph Backholm as he explores these questions and asks the question, what would you say?
For more information visit whatwouldyousay.org.
Transgender Bills Could Lead to More Parents Losing Custody of Kids Who Want to "Gender Transition" | Read
Americans have long understood that children are best cared for by their parents. The state can only intervene in the family when there is demonstrable evidence of abuse and neglect.
This has long been established in our laws. But now, transgender ideology is silencing doctors and challenging the way courts define parental abuse and neglect.
Last year in Ohio, a judge removed a biological girl from her parents’ custody after they declined to help her “transition” to male with testosterone supplements. The Cincinnati Children’s gender clinic recommended these treatments for gender dysphoria (the condition of being distressed with one’s biological sex).
"Antidiscriminatory" Legislation Bans Disagreement from Believers of Biblical Sexuality | Read
“Nancy Pelosi made headlines last week stating that if Democrats reclaim the House of Representatives, a top agenda item will be to pass laws banning disagreement on LGBT issues.
Of course those aren’t the exact words she used, but when “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” are elevated to protected classes in antidiscrimination law, that’s the effect that the government policy has.
But not every disagreement is discrimination, and our law shouldn’t suppose otherwise.
The Heritage Foundation has long opposed the expansion of antidiscrimination laws to elevate “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes. Where enacted, these laws—known as SOGI laws—are frequently used as swords to persecute people with unpopular beliefs, rather than as shields to protect people from unjust discrimination.”