Gender Inclusivity

In Columbus, there are protections in place for gender identity and expression. According to The Columbus Civil Rights Code Chapter 23.31:

 “it is illegal to discriminate against individuals in employment, housing and public accommodation because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex or sexual orientation, age, disability, familial status, and gender identity or expression or to interfere with their civil rights.”

However, even with these protections, members of the Trans* community, like in other cities, may still experience and face harassment and discrimination.

Please note:

“You cannot be refused admittance nor service in any public accommodation because of your race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, familial status and gender identity or expression.” City of Columbus (

To learn more information or to file a complaint visit here.

Trans* Resources in Columbus:

  • Stonewall Columbus – Trans Resource Directory
    Stonewall Columbus provides a community center and offers programs and services in support of the LGBT community. The Trans Resource Directory is an online resource to assist with research and examples about transitioning.
  • LGBTQ Initiatives at the Ohio State University
  • Equality Ohio
    The mission of Equality Ohio is: “Equality Ohio advocates and educates to achieve fair treatment and equal opportunity for all Ohioans regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.” The organization works to advocate for the civil rights of the LGBT community within Ohio.
  • BRAVO (Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization)
    The Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) provides comprehensive individual and community programs for survivor advocacy and support to LGBTQI survivors of hate and bias violence, discrimination, intimate partner violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault.
  • Lavender Listings
    This website provides listing of LGBT friendly services, resources, and businesses within Central Ohio.


 At the ACPA17 Convention

 Gender Pronouns and Name Badges
ACPA’s value of social justice indicates the importance of acknowledging individual identities. In congruence with this value, ACPA17 Convention attendees are asked to be mindful of each individual’s gender pronouns (see graphic).

When registering for the ACPA17 Convention, each individual will have the ability to indicate their gender pronoun(s). This selection will appear on the printed name bade during convention. To confirm or change the gender pronoun on your ACPA17 Convention registration, please contact Tricia Fechter Gates in the ACPA International Office.

All Gender Restrooms
All Gender Restrooms will be available to all convention participants inclusive of all gender identities and expressions.


Additional Resources